Oregon Land Auction
5:21 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Elliott State Forest Land To Be Auctioned Off

Credit Oregon Department of Forestry / Flickr

Tuesday the Oregon State Land Board gave the green light to sell five scattered tracts in the Elliott State Forest east of Coos Bay.

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Common Core
6:11 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Idaho Lawmakers Prepare For Education Fight In 2014

Idaho state Rep. Vito Barbieri, state Sen. Steve Vick, state Sen. Steven Thayn, and state Sen. Russ Fulcher speak at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene. It was the first in a series of discussions sponsored by a conservative group called Motivating People to be More Productive or “MP2.”
Credit Jessica Robinson

A group of conservative Idaho lawmakers wants the state to reconsider standards known as the Common Core in the upcoming legislative session. Idaho schools are three years into implementing the new math and English standards. The Common Core was a hot topic at a forum Monday night in Coeur d'Alene.

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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 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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Taxes on Education
7:06 am
Fri October 11, 2013

State Schools Superintendent Proposes Taxes For Education

Washington schools chief Randy Dorn says the time has come to raise taxes to increase funding for public education. And he’s prepared to lead the fight.

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Classroom Cell Phones
4:40 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Use Your Cell Phone In Class? The Oregon Department Of Education Approves

Students at Portland Madison High School use a social networking service called Celly to text their teacher thesis statements for a social studies essay.
Credit Miles Bryan / Northwest News Network

Mobile devices are traditionally considered a nuisance in schools. But a Portland startup is developing a way to turn students’ cell phones into classroom tools.

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NWPR Books
12:04 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Diane Ravitch Rebukes Education Activists' 'Reign Of Error'

Yunus Arakon

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 5:11 am

Diane Ravitch, a former assistant secretary of education, spent years advocating for an overhaul of the American education system. She supported the No Child Left Behind Act, the charter school movement and standardized testing.

But Ravitch recently — and very publicly — changed her mind. She looked at the data and decided that the kinds of changes she'd supported weren't working. Now she's a prominent critic of things like charter schools and school choice — and she's particularly opposed to privatizing schools.

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Governor Inslee's New Plan
5:43 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Washington Governor Announces 'Soft Launch' Of Performance Indicators

Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
Credit Office Of The Governor

Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants to more than double the number of state-funded preschool slots by 2019. He also wants to decrease the number of SUVs purchased by the state.

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School Seclusion Cells
5:33 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Oregon Orders Portland School To Remove Seclusion Cells

Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:31 pm

The Oregon Board of Education has ordered a Portland public school to remove four so-called "seclusion cells."

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Oregon Education
4:22 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

English Language Learners In Oregon Falling Short

Southridge High School in Beaverton.
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Oregon's programs for students learning to speak English are falling short on all four federal benchmarks. At least 60 percent of Oregon's English language learners are supposed to advance one level per year. Only 45 percent advanced last year.

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6:40 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Washington Is At “High Risk” Of Losing Federal Education Waiver

Washington and Oregon have been given one year to change the way they evaluate teachers or risk losing millions in federal education funding.

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