Some deem school board election process discriminatory

The leaders who make major decisions about Salem and Keizer’s children are elected in a way some argue is discriminatory. While Salem-Keizer Public Schools’ governing board members each only represent a portion of the district, they are chosen by voters districtwide. Some believe this has historically created a disadvantage for candidates of color or those who can’t afford toContinue reading “Some deem school board election process discriminatory”

One year later: COVID-19’s impact on families, students

It’s been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic changed Oregonians lives in what felt like an instant, moving classes and many jobs online. For many, the biggest disruption from COVID-19 hit right at home. Living rooms became remote-learning classrooms and daycares with parents balancing roles as caregivers, educators and workers.  Students have struggled to balance workloads and stayContinue reading “One year later: COVID-19’s impact on families, students”

Pacific Islanders most impacted by COVID-19, not prioritized for vaccine

Marion County’s Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, contracting the virus at more than three times the rate of white individuals.  Case rates continue to skyrocket, and Islanders are being hospitalized and dying at nearly twice the rate of any other race or ethnicity.  Similar patterns have been seen nationally and statewide.  DespiteContinue reading “Pacific Islanders most impacted by COVID-19, not prioritized for vaccine”

37 Oregon education bills to follow this session

The 2021 Oregon legislative session started mid-January and will span 160 days. The Capitol is closed to the public until at least March to limit the risk of a coronavirus outbreak. Committee meetings and hearings are being held virtually.  Education topics include new high school graduation requirements, college and university regulations, racial justice efforts,  limits on virtualContinue reading “37 Oregon education bills to follow this session”

Masterclass born in pandemic, for young musicians

As soon as schools stopped in-person learning last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the many activities that students enjoyed also came to a halt.  Students in music programs lost their final chance to perform with graduating seniors and missed out on annual concerts and competitions. At the same time, professional musicians around the world wereContinue reading “Masterclass born in pandemic, for young musicians”

Parents fight for Woodburn Russian program through enrollment dips

Woodburn School District is home to one of the nation’s only public K-12 Russian language programs. But enrollment fell this year after schools switched to remote learning and two new private schools came to town, leaving some to fear the program may be at risk. District leaders reassigned two Russian-language teachers at the start of the school year. InContinue reading “Parents fight for Woodburn Russian program through enrollment dips”

The push to recruit and retain more educators of color

Public schools across the country are more racially and linguistically diverse than ever, including the students in Salem-Keizer Public Schools. But most of the educators who work with them are not.  About 54% of Salem-Keizer’s nearly 42,000 students identify as a race or ethnicity other than white. This includes Latino/Hispanic, Black/African American, Pacific Islander, NativeContinue reading “The push to recruit and retain more educators of color”