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OEA Offers Guidance to Teachers on Opting Out of Standardized Tests

Glencoe Elementary School

The statewide teachers union, Oregon Education Association, is offering guidance to teachers on the increasingly popular practice of students' opting out of standardized tests.The fall 2014 issue of Today's OEA, a magazine for OEA membe...   More
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools' Transfer Policies: 5 Things to Know about Proposed Changes

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The Portland School Board will hear a proposal tonight on substantial changes to the district's transfer policies.Right now, families in Portland Public Schools don't have to send their children to the schools nearest to their homes. Instead, they can enter an ...   More
Monday, November 10, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Cougar Burleigh's Death: Medical Examiner Changes Ruling to Homicide


The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's office says it will amend the death certificate today of the 38-year-old Olympia man who died Oct. 14 after an incident on the Burnside Bridge. Cougar Burleigh's death will now be ruled a homicide, and police detectives are now pursuing a homicide investigation.The developments mark a significant reversal from just a few weeks earlier when...   More
Friday, November 7, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Roosevelt High Cafeteria Worker Refuses to Give Student Lunch After Online Complaint About Food

Student's mother calls it "retaliation" for mother's Facebook post


These cheese sticks looked disgusting.The lunch Roosevelt High School junior April Ehrman says her school's cafeteria served her last week was so bad, she took photos of it with her phone. "The cheese had come completely out of the bread and the cheese was as hard as plastic," she says.Her mother, Samantha Ehrman, later posted the photos to a St. Johns Facebook group with a no...   More
Thursday, November 6, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

UPDATED: GMO Labeling Opponents Declare Victory as Measure 92 Trails After Record-Setting Money Barrage To Kill It


Opponents of Measure 92 have declared victory in their effort to defeat a requirement for labeling of genetically modified foods sold in Oregon.The measure failed, but not by much. The current tally shows about 9,700 more "no" votes for Measure 92 than "yes" vo...   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Cougar Burleigh's Death: New Witnesses Report "Confrontation" Before Fall


Newly identified witnesses tell Portland Police that Cougar Burleigh, the Olympia man who died of a severe head wound on Oct. 14 after an incident on the Burnside Bridge, "was involved in...   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Democrat U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley Trounces Monica Wehby as Republicans Take Control

Jeff Merkley

Republicans just took control of the U.S. Senate tonight, but you wouldn’t know it standing in the Billiard Room of the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland, where dozens of supporters of GOP Senate candidate Dr. Monica Wehby listened to Wehby give her concession around 8:45 p.m."I guess God wants me to be a pediatric neurosurgeon for a little longer," she told a mostly subdued...   More
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Are You Smarter Than a Third Grader? Smarter Balanced Practice Test Flummoxes Teachers and Parents


This year, Oregon school districts will be administering the so-called Smarter Balanced Assessments in English and math to Oregon schoolchildren as part of a nationwide movement. It's all supposedly to raise achievement levels for kids and teachers.The tests—part of the Common Core State Stand...   More
Monday, November 3, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

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