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Portable Classrooms
8:15 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Inside The Box: School Districts Explore Solutions For Excessive Portable Classroom Use

Workers at Blazer Industries push a half-built portable classroom out the door of the modular building manufacturing plant in Aumsville, Oregon.
Credit Cassandra Profita / EarthFix

Students around the Northwest go to school every day in portable classrooms. These classrooms are an affordable solution to budget-strapped districts that need more space. But they can be bad for student health and performance. That’s why some districts are moving away from portable classrooms.

One district in Spokane has found a solution.

Courtney Flatt brings us part 2 of our special series "Inside the Box."

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Portable Classrooms
8:06 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Inside The Box: Overcrowded, Underfunded Schools Turn To Environmentally Costly Portable Classrooms

Toys adorn the tackboard walls of Billie Lane's portable classroom at Puyallup's Kalles Junior High, where she's taught for 16 years.
Credit Katie Campbell / EarthFix

Thousands of students in Washington and Oregon go to school in what are known as “portable classrooms."

These temporary structures were a quick solution to the problem of growing population and lack of funding for school facilities in parts of the Northwest.

But many of these “temporary” structures are still around. They’re not environmentally friendly or healthy places for students to learn.

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Online Learning Marketplace
5:11 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Have You Ever Wanted To Teach? Online Sites Can Make That A Reality

Photographer Charlie Borland earned enough money through teaching online courses, he and his wife Barbara were able to buy an RV and sell their home in Bend, Ore.
Credit Julia Flucht / Northwest News Network

All kinds of online marketplaces offer you a way to sell your stuff. eBay, CraigsList, Etsy. But what about a place to sell your skills and expertise? Now sites like Udemy, Skillshare, and Lynda.com are in a race to become the School of Everything. But as more courses appear, the competition among teachers is intensifying. 

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School Attendance
6:23 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Where Nate Silver Meets Recess; Data Crunching In Schools

Linda Delaney is the 8th grade counselor at Sacajawea Middle School in Spokane. She uses the Early Warning System regularly to check stats on students and look for warning signs.
Credit Photo by: Jessica Robinson

The kind of finely tuned data crunching that fueled the 2012 election is spreading to another venue: the classroom.

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Idaho Online Classes
6:06 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Idaho High School Students Won't Be Required To Take Online Classes

Idaho high school students won't have to take online classes to graduate. The State Board of Education repealed a rule Monday that required them. Voters rejected the Students Come First laws on November 6 but one of those laws had a twist. It required the board of education to set the online class requirement, which it did.

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Idaho Education Rejection
8:27 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Idaho Rejects Teacher Pay Reforms And Classroom Technology Laws

Fourth grade teacher Becky Allen of Boise applauds the first results on election night, indicating Idaho’s Props 1, 2 and 3 failed.
Credit Photo Credit: Jessica Robinson

Idaho voters delivered a resounding defeat to three new education laws. Voters said no to limits on teacher bargaining rights, to creating a pay-for-performance system and to ramping up classroom technology. Opponents were successful, in part, by billing the laws as an attack on teachers.

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Malheur County
7:03 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Malheur County: Lots Of Land, Very Few Jobs

Malheur County, in southeast Oregon, is one of the poorest counties in the country.
Photo by David Benbennick Wikimedia Commons

Malheur County has the highest poverty rate in Oregon and the tenth highest in the U.S. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Amanda Peacher spoke with some of the county’s low-income residents, and filed this report on how they’re making ends meet.

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