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”

Community activists pursue new efforts to continue fight against racism

Groups such as Sit-In Salem, Black Joy Oregon and Latinos Unidos Siempre have been especially active the past six months with regular protests, petitions and other efforts to change the way area agencies and leaders address racial discrimination. They’ve held protests calling for more equitable and transparent police practices. They’ve called out members of theContinue reading “Community activists pursue new efforts to continue fight against racism”

Q&A: Salem-Keizer NAACP elects first new president in a decade

The Salem-Keizer branch of the NAACP will have a newly elected president for the first time in 10 years. Come January, Reginald Richardson, Sr. will take over the role, following the decade-long tenure of Benny Williams.  The Statesman Journal spoke with Richardson about his previous experiences and plans for his new role. Read the full interviewContinue reading “Q&A: Salem-Keizer NAACP elects first new president in a decade”

School board approves restriction on public comment

The Salem-Keizer School Board approved an amendment to its governing policies, giving the chairperson more defined power to restrict public comment. Since June, activists have testified repeatedly about issues surrounding the treatment of Black and brown students in the district. Speakers have consistently critiqued select board members for alleged racist acts and affiliations, and the rest of the board’s refusal to condemnContinue reading “School board approves restriction on public comment”

Child with Trisomy 13 defies condition labeled ‘incompatible with life’

Journey Love Hoffman was given seven days to live.  Born with an extra chromosome, Journey was diagnosed at birth with Trisomy 13. The rare genetic condition, also known as Patau syndrome, affects about one in every 10,000-16,000 babies and is described as “incompatible with life.” About 90% of the babies who survive through birth die in their first year. But JourneyContinue reading “Child with Trisomy 13 defies condition labeled ‘incompatible with life’”

Oregon measure 109: Voters to decide fate of ‘magic mushroom’ therapy

Measure 109 would make Oregon the first state in the nation allowed to manufacture, deliver and administer psilocybin products and psilocybin-assisted therapy at supervised and licensed facilities. The measure, if voters in November pass it, also would impose a two-year development period for the Oregon Health Authority to establish parameters for the new therapy.  Some of Oregon’s medical and psychiatric leaders,Continue reading “Oregon measure 109: Voters to decide fate of ‘magic mushroom’ therapy”

Families, teachers overwhelmed as school year starts amid COVID-19, fires

With the COVID-19 pandemic and Oregon wildfires in the background, families and educators in Salem-Keizer schools are beginning the new year amid confusion, chaos and, for some, traumatic loss.  Many families ran into several technical issues in the first week as well. Read the full story here.

District leadership misses deadline on school resource officer contracts decision

Salem-Keizer School Board members and district leadership gave themselves a deadline to determine whether to continue contracts for school resource officers in the 2020-21 school year and beyond. But the deadline has come and gone. Read the full story here.