Oregon http://nwpr.org en Oregon Teachers To Face Exit Exams In Years To Come http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-teachers-face-exit-exams-years-come <p>This summer in Oregon, education leaders brought together teaching professors and school officials to improve teacher training. The June institute followed a national report, critical of training programs. And new teachers will soon be asked to pass a new standardized test. Think of it as a Common Core for teachers in training. Rob Manning has more. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:37:23 +0000 Rob Manning 48667 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Teachers To Face Exit Exams In Years To Come Oregon Marijuana Campaign Would Like Some Of Your Bitcoin Stash http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-marijuana-campaign-would-some-your-bitcoin-stash <p>An Oregon political campaign wants your digital donations. The group behind the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana says it's now accepting bitcoin contributions. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports on this new frontier in campaign finance. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 13:51:11 +0000 Chris Lehman 48509 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Marijuana Campaign Would Like Some Of Your Bitcoin Stash No Big Surprises On Signature Deadline Day http://nwpr.org/post/no-big-surprises-signature-deadline-day <p>The deadline to turn in signatures to qualify initiative petitions in Oregon produced no big surprises Thursday. But Oregonians could still have <a href="http://egov.sos.state.or.us/elec/web_irr_search.search_form">a range of controversial topics to decide this fall</a>.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:52:19 +0000 Chris Lehman 48494 at http://nwpr.org No Big Surprises On Signature Deadline Day Farmers Urge EPA To "Ditch The Rule" http://nwpr.org/post/farmers-urge-epa-ditch-rule <p>And now a story about farmers and water. It’s a common and often contentious issue out here in the West. Well now farmers across the country are also riled up. That’s because the U.S. EPA wants to revise the clean water act. As Correspondent Chris Lehman explains depending on who you talk to these revisions are either a “land grab” under the “brute force” of the federal government or a simple clarification of rules that ensure all Americans have clean water to drink. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:35:14 +0000 Chris Lehman 48453 at http://nwpr.org Farmers Urge EPA To "Ditch The Rule" Oregon GMO Labeling Campaign Submits Signatures http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-gmo-labeling-campaign-submits-signatures <p>Oregon voters may get the chance to require food companies to label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients. Sponsors of an initiative to require that turned in more than 150,000 signatures Wednesday in an effort to make the ballot this November. Opponents have already denounced the measure.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 23:45:06 +0000 Chris Lehman 48434 at http://nwpr.org Oregon GMO Labeling Campaign Submits Signatures Schools Grapple With Linking Student Test Scores To Teacher Evaluations http://nwpr.org/post/schools-grapple-linking-student-test-scores-teacher-evaluations <p>It's summer vacation for students - and teachers - across the country. Administrators often use the summer to take a bigger look at how schools are doing, and that can mean a critical look at teachers. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Rob Manning looks at evaluations for current teachers - and the role of student test scores in those evaluations. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:11:51 +0000 Rob Manning 48342 at http://nwpr.org Schools Grapple With Linking Student Test Scores To Teacher Evaluations Oregon Marijuana Campaigners Turn In Signatures http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-marijuana-campaigners-turn-signatures <p>Oregon could soon follow Washington and Colorado in legalizing recreational marijuana. Sponsors of an initiative to do that turned in boxes of signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State's office Thursday. If enough of the signatures are valid, the measure would come before voters this fall.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:51:49 +0000 Chris Lehman 48143 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Marijuana Campaigners Turn In Signatures Oregon Voters Could Decide On "Top Two" Primary System http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-voters-could-decide-top-two-primary-system <p>Oregon voters might have the chance to overhaul the state's primary voting system this fall. Sponsors of an initiative to create a so-called "Top Two" primary turned in six cases of signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State's office Monday. The measure would let people vote in primaries even if they don't belong to a major political party. The top two vote-getters would advance to the general election, regardless of party. Chief petitioner Jim Kelly says it will give more Oregonians a part in the process. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:08:09 +0000 Chris Lehman 47972 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Voters Could Decide On "Top Two" Primary System Equal Rights Amendment On Oregon's November Ballot http://nwpr.org/post/equal-rights-amendment-oregons-november-ballot <p>Oregon voters will get to decide whether to grant equal rights to women this fall. If that sounds like a blast from the past, it's because the proposed amendment to the state constitution is nearly identical to the version that failed nationally in the 1970s.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:10:05 +0000 Chris Lehman 47951 at http://nwpr.org Equal Rights Amendment On Oregon's November Ballot Oregon Supreme Court Upholds Death Penalty Case http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-supreme-court-upholds-death-penalty-case <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Oregon's Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty in a case involving the 2004 murder of an African immigrant. The ruling comes as capital punishment faces increased scrutiny nationwide after a botched execution by lethal injection in Oklahoma.</span></p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:49:05 +0000 Chris Lehman 47761 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Supreme Court Upholds Death Penalty Case