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Rogue Community College works to make sure Latino high school students are aware of educational opportunities after high school. 

So every year it hosts EMO, Educacion, Un Mundo de Oportunidades (Education, a World of Opportunities) at its Table Rock Campus. 

The keynote speaker this year took advantage of educational opportunities in the United States after leaving his native Guatemala. 

Leonel Vicente Vicente only reached the 6th grade there. 

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The later in life people get help with learning deficits, the harder it is to correct them. 

That's why so much attention is lavished on Head Start and similar programs. 

The Oregon Community Foundation provides attention and money to such programs, in an effort to make sure all Oregonians have a shot at a good education and the good life that can result. 

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The concern over the quality of education in Oregon has been rising in recent years, especially with measurements like the state's low high school graduation rate. 

What will it take to make Oregon schools better? 

That's the general thrust of the questions asked of people in the Oregon Rising education project. 

More than ten-thousand people took part in the project, giving a clear picture of desires and expectations for Oregon schools.  COSA, the Confederation of School Administrators, took part in Oregon Rising.

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If you're itching to vote AND concerned about schools, November's ballot is for you.  Both our states vote on three statewide school issues (95, 98, 99 in Oregon/51, 55, 58 in California), plus a smattering of local measures. 

So we devote this week's VENTSday to school election issues generally.  VENTSday removes the guests and puts listener comments front and center on The Exchange.

Once a week, it's all about you... we plop a topic on the table, post a survey on our Facebook page (and below), and open the phone lines and email box for live comments.

Got an observation or opinion? Share it with the State of Jefferson on VENTSday. Join by phone at 800-838-3760, email JX@jeffnet.org, or take the survey online. You can ALSO record a phone message in advance, at 541-552-6331.

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Nadia Lopez wanted to help kids in tough areas learn. 

And she went all-in, starting an entire middle school in one of the toughest neighborhoods in New York City. 

She tells the story of her efforts as principal in her book The Bridge to Brilliance

The school has motivated students to work hard and even show up when school is not in session. 

We hear the keys to its success when Nadia Lopez visits The Exchange. 

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You'd think two high school students who just placed third NATIONALLY in a debate competition would be in the mood for a little down time.  Not Leo Saenger and Henry Lininger

The two South Eugene High School students returned from their award-winning performance in Salt Lake City, then soon took off for a seven-week debate camp in Michigan. 

They're only 16--how much better can they get? 

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School is out for the summer, but students are still learning things. 

High school students in the city of Rogue River will spend part of their vacation keeping up with the skills they gained in the "Learning to Protect Our Environment" program. 

During the school year, the program pairs the high school students with elementary school kids to teach environmental stewardship skills.  A similar program is offered in the summer, with an emphasis on the effects of climate change on the environment. 

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Even when school is out for the summer, debates about education continue. 

And teachers and their work are always right in the middle of those debates. 

Oregon's largest teacher's union, the Oregon Education Association, sends members to Washington, DC early next month for big meetings of the National Education Association, the parent group.  OEA President Hanna Vaandering is preparing to travel to the gathering. 

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Voters gave increased bus operations in Jackson County the green light in Tuesday's primary. Measure 15-141, for the Rogue Valley Transportation District, led with 62 percent of votes as of 8pm. 

A bond measure to pay for $20 million in facilities improvements at Rogue Community College also won approval from Jackson and Josephine County voters. Initial counts had Measure 17-69 passing with 36,587 yes votes and 30,944 no votes between the two counties. The contribution of property owners in both counties will be 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. 

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Jackson and Josephine County voters have agreed to foot the bill for $20 million in facilities improvements at Rogue Community College.

 Initial counts had Measure 17-69 passing with 36,587 yes votes and 30,944 no votes between the two counties. The contribution of property owners in both counties will be 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. 

A crowded primary race for two non-partisan seats on the Josephine County Board of Commissioners narrowed considerably, with the top two finishers from each district advancing to the November general election. 

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If there’s one lesson Oregonians, and the nation, can learn from the passage of Measure 5, it’s this: you can’t improve school funding with a tax cut.

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You frequently hear voices raised in opposition to industrial agriculture. 

Now apply that modifier to another term: education.  Sir Ken Robinson, expert on creativity and education, says it's past time to change our industrial approach to pushing young people through educational factories. 

Standardized tests don't turn them on, but a chance to exercise their creativity might.  That's the case he makes in his book Creative Schools

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Winning a Nobel Peace Prize certainly has its advantages. 

Winners do good things for humanity to win the recognition.  But what now?  The organization called PeaceJam Foundation is one answer. 

PeaceJam brings Nobel Peace laureates and young people together, to help develop the peaceful leaders of tomorrow. 

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Proposed tax levies often don't end with a green light from Oregon's rural voters.

Rogue Community College hopes to beat the odds this election season, and win approval from Jackson and Josephine County voters for $20 million to improve its facilities.

The contribution of property owners in the county would be 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value (Measure 17-69).

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Parents can agonize a bit over their children and their education. 

A lot of stock is placed in getting into good pre-schools, getting good teachers in school, getting into a good college. 

Erika Christakis advises parents to take a breath.  Kids are really excellent learners in many environments, a point she hammers home in the book The Importance of Being Little

Christakis says adults often confuse schooling with learning, often to the detriment of the children. 

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"SPICE girls" is NOT the name of a singing group, at least at the University of Oregon. 

SPICE stands for Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence; it's a program to get middle- and high school girls excited about science and learning more about it. 

Program coordinator Brandy Todd even teaches how to win a science fair. 

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  If we're counting on the next generation to come up with solutions for climate change, we might be expecting too much. 

Especially since schools may not be helping explain climate science adequately. 

Political scientist Eric Plutzer at Penn State just published an article in Science about issues with science teachers teaching about climate change in schools. 

Plutzer points out ways in which teachers' knowledge and values can hinder climate education. 

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The current emphasis on the STEM subjects in school--Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math--leaves a few educators cold.  Because there's more to creating a well-rounded individual than what's in books. 

Paul Cummins certainly thought so in his 32 years at the ground-breaking Crossroads School in California. 

The school challenged the notion that a quality private education is only for rich, white, and privileged kids.  His memoir, Confessions of a Headmaster, recounts his years as an educator, and considers where education is moving today.

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"You go say you're sorry to Bobby."  Phrases like that have been heard for hundreds, maybe thousands of years. 

And what do kids actually learn from the experience?  That's a question being considered in the Phoenix-Talent School District, which wants to move beyond punishment and into "restorative justice." 

That is a concept embraced by Resolve (formerly Mediation Works), which teamed up with the district on a project to introduce restorative justice to Phoenix High School. 

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High school students may want safe schools free of bullying and violence, but they're often reluctant to take concerns directly to school authorities. 

But maybe if a smartphone app made the process easier, things would change. 

That's the general approach outlined in Project SOAR, Student Ownership, Accountability and Responsibility, now in development at Eugene-based Iris Educational Media

The project is backed by a federal grant, and includes plans for testing at high schools in Illinois and Springfield, Oregon. 

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