education

McKenna's Education Funding Plan
6:24 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

McKenna Proposes Cap On Non-Education Spending To Fund Education

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna outlines his education funding plan in Tacoma.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington Republican candidate for governor Rob McKenna proposes to increase funding for public schools by capping all non-education state spending. That’s just one piece of an education funding plan he unveiled Tuesday.

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Oregon NCLB Waiver
6:15 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Oregon Gets Waiver From No Child Left Behind

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Oregon has joined Washington and 31 other states in getting a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Courtesy StateImpact Florida NPR.

Oregon has joined Washington and 31 other states in getting a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law. The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that it's approved Oregon's request for more flexibility. Oregon education officials say part of the aim is to shift away from penalizing schools for failing to meet rigid benchmarks. Ben Cannon is Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s the education policy advisor. He says the green light from the feds ends a period of uncertainty for school districts.

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Northwest College Completion Rates
4:30 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Federal Report: Northwest College Completion Rates Stall

Young adults in the Pacific Northwest are becoming less likely to hold college degrees, according to a federal report released Thursday.

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education shows that across the country, the share of 25 to 34-year-olds with college degrees crept up from 2009 to 2010. But that’s not the story in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

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Public School Rebates
5:39 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Corporate Kicker For K-12 Well On Track To November Ballot

An initiative to redirect corporate tax rebates to public schools is on track to qualify for the November ballot. This rebate is called the kicker because it goes into effect when tax revenues exceed projections by more than 2 percent.

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U of O President
5:04 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

State Board Officially Hires New UO President

The Oregon State Board of Higher Education formally hired Michael Gottfredson as president of the University of Oregon.
Jes Burns KLCC

The State Board of Higher Education has formally hired Michael Gottfredson to lead the University of Oregon. He was appointed president Friday.

Dr. Gottfredson has been a senior administrator at the University of California, Irvine for 12 Years. He says his first order of business is to get to know the University of Oregon better.

“There’s one overwhelming impression, great enthusiasm for the University of Oregon from every quarter: faculty, students, community," Gottfredson says. "I had very high expectations and they have been exceeded in every way.”

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University Of Oregon President
4:44 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Michael Gottfredson Picked As Finalist For UO President

Dr. Michael Gottfredson has served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of California Irvine since 2000.
University of California Irvine

Dr. Michael Gottfredson has been selected as the finalist for the new president of the University of Oregon.

Gottfredson has served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of California Irvine since 2000. He is an expert in criminology. Oregon University System Chancellor George Pernsteiner calls Gottfredson an academic leader of distinction.

"That's a great combination for Oregon," Pernsteiner says. "Somebody who is committed to higher education and has a track record of real success and is able to work collaboratively with the other elements of education in this state for the betterment of the state and its citizens."

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Oregon's Superintendent Resigns
6:19 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Oregon Schools Superintendent To Step Down, Join Non-Profit

Oregon State Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo announced she will step down by the end of June. Photo courtesy of OPB
Photo courtesy of OPB

Oregon's elected state schools superintendent is leaving her job. Susan Castillo announced Monday that she'll step down by the end of this month to work for an education non-profit.

Castillo is a former Democratic state lawmaker who's in her third term as Superintendent of Public Instruction. Her current term doesn't end until 2015, but she had no chance of winning re-election.

Oregon lawmakers decided last year to do away with the office of state school superintendent. They chose instead to give the governor more direct authority over schools.

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Oregon Tuition Increases
4:40 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Oregon Higher Ed Board Raises Tuition For Most Students At State Schools

Oregon's Board of Higher Education voted Friday to raise tuition for most students at state supported schools. The increases vary from place to place. And for Portland State University, for example, the adjustment means a 1.4 percent reduction in tuition and fees. But for Southern Oregon University, it's a 9.9 percent increase in tuition.

University system staff pointed out that the state has cut funding for higher education by 16 percent for the coming fiscal year.

Board members like Lynda Ciafetti say they saw few options.

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Oregon Education Chief
7:07 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Educators Praise Kitzhaber's Selection For Ed Role

A state panel will vote Thursday on Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s choice to oversee a dramatic shift in the way the state runs public education. The governor selected Rudy Crew after a nationwide search. Crew is the former head of public school districts in New York, Miami, Tacoma and elsewhere. The head of Oregon's largest teacher's union thinks it's a good choice.

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Oregon's New Education Chief
5:05 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Oregon Governor's Pick For Education Chief Comes With Long Resume

Rudy Crew headshot.
Photo courtesy Oregon governor's office

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's pick for the state’s new education chief is so far winning praise from school leaders. But Rudy Crew’s lengthy career includes many clashes with local school officials. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports:

Kitzhaber wants Crew to be in charge of re-shaping the state's education system from pre-school through college. Crew has worked in some of the nation's largest school districts, such as New York, Miami and Tacoma. Crew says he knows he has a challenge ahead of him in Oregon.

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