education

Some Students Join Picket Lines
8:31 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Attendance Drops In Medford Schools

North Medford High

Attendance in schools across the Medford School District dropped for the fourth consecutive day Friday. Some parents chose to keep children at home while some North Medford High School students joined the picket lines with their teachers on Thursday.

48 percent of the district's more than 12,000 students went to school Thursday, according to district reports.  That number fell to 44 percent on Friday.

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No New Talks Scheduled
6:23 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Strike Talks Break Down

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Talks have broken down between striking Medford teachers and the district.

The Mail Tribune reports the talks started off well, but ended with no contract agreement and no scheduled time for new negotiations.

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Labor/Employment
6:10 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Mediator To Meet Today With Medford Educators

Oregon State mediators will meet separately with bargaining teams from the Medford School District and its teachers union this afternoon in the hopes of settling contract disputes before a Feb. 6 strike.

The Medford Education Association notified the district yesterday of its intent to strike in 10 days as required by law. The union's bargaining team walked away from negotiations Friday, saying the district was unwilling to budge on its latest contract offer.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 23, 2014 | 8:30
10:38 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Oregon Rank In Education Falls

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Peggy Carr at the National Center for Education Statistics explains the many numbers available.

A recent report from a national group should give Oregon educators pause. 

The report shows the state ranking 40th in student achievement, which is not welcome news.   California came in 33rd in the same list.

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Wages And Benefits Under Discussion
6:14 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Medford Teachers Hold Strike Vote

Medford's Jackson Elementary School
Credit Medford School District

After nearly a year of contract negotiations, Medford teachers will vote tonight (January 23) on whether to strike.

The Mail Tribune reports that bargaining teams from the Medford School District and the Medford Education Association have met three times this month, totaling about 30 hours, to negotiate the remaining articles of a new contract.

The district implemented the contract in late December without support of the teachers' union.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 30, 2013
10:41 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Learning The Ropes In The World Of Arts

The Allen Elizabethan Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland. OSF is part of the "World of Work" program.
Credit Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Deborah Vaughn at the Oregon Arts Commission talks about the "World of Work" projects for students.

We want our students to do better in school, but budget cuts in recent years fell hard on offerings like art and music. 

And those offerings can be critical to the success of some students. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 17, 2013
10:58 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Learning Oregon's New School Rating System

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Oregon's #2 education official explains the recent school report cards.

You can be forgiven if you have trouble keeping up with all of the changes taking place in public schools. 

Methods for testing students, teachers and entire schools continue to evolve. 

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Redesigned System In Use
6:40 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Oregon Schools Get Report Cards

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Oregon has released its redesigned report cards for the state's public schools and districts.

The new cards track more information than in the past about student performance, school curricula, and college readiness.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 10, 2013
10:37 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Oregon Universities And Constant Change

Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library.
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Southern Oregon University President Mary Cullinan talks about governing boards, tuition hikes, and more.

The Oregon University System (OUS) is starting to look very different.  On organizational charts, anyway.

Last summer's legislative session produced a law allowing the big three schools, Oregon, Oregon State, and Portland State, to form their own governing boards.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 7, 2013
10:28 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Tuition Equity Law Now In Use At Oregon State Universities

Oregon State University
Credit oregonstate.edu

A lively discussion of the merits of in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.

The terminology has changed a bit, and so have some of the approaches. 

The people once called "illegal aliens" are now generally called "undocumented immigrants," and laws are being written to accommodate the ones who came to the United States as children. 

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