Oregon schools: Diversity and absenteeism up, salaries and discipline down

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Oregon’s 2016-17 annual report card, released by the state’s Department of Education, shows the state is excelling at certain indicators and falling behind in others.

There was a more diverse workforce of teachers and administrators, but educators were being paid less, on average, than previous years.

Fewer suspensions and expulsions were issued, but there is still a disproportionate amount of discipline involving students of color.

The achievement gap between students of color and their white peers has decreased, while students in career technical education courses continue to graduate at higher rates.

And more students missed school than before.

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Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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