education

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

Oregon Rank In Education Falls

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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

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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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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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
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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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Jefferson Exchange | October 7, 2013
10:22 am
Mon October 7, 2013

The Teacher Behind The Success of "Drama High"

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Think of it as "Friday Night Lights" with stage lighting. 

A high school theater in economically depressed Levittown, Pennsylvania cranked out highly polished hits, and careers in theater for some of its participants, under the direction of Lou Volpe. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 27, 2013
3:37 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Farm To School & "The Siskiyou Challenge"

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School kids are learning more about where their food comes from through the Rogue Valley Farm to School program. 

And since neither farmers nor schools have a lot of spare money on hand, RVF2S has to find ways to support itself. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 18, 2013
11:26 am
Tue September 17, 2013

VENTSday-Raising (or Razing) Dams + Standardized Tests

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We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news.  We bring the topics, you bring the opinions. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 10, 2013
7:59 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Putting The Brakes On Bullying Of LGBT Students

The Lotus Rising Project pushes for social change and equal rights, led by young people.
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Kids don't need much of a reason to pick on each other, but the concern heightens when teasing turns to bullying.  A number of programs work to ease bullying in schools, including several programs of the Lotus Rising Project, which seeks to make life better for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) people in Southern Oregon.

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