Oregon State Board of Ed votes to continue Eagle Charter School with conditions

April 16 – EAGLE Charter School in Salem will continue to operate for at least the next two years following a passing vote by the Oregon State Board of Education on Thursday. The decision — which allows Eagle Charter to continue operating for the duration of its contract ending in June 2022 — comes with a contingency: a third-party evaluation must be conducted prior to the school’s nextContinue reading “Oregon State Board of Ed votes to continue Eagle Charter School with conditions”

Salem Sikh volunteers make more than 1,000 meals for hospital workers during COVID-19

For the past few weeks, a team of about six volunteers from Salem’s local gurdwara, the Sikh house of worship, have prepared and delivered more than 1,000 meals for health care workers as a thank you and sign of solidarity.  The small team from Salem’s temple, Gurdwara Dasmesh Darbar, has been preparing homemade, vegetarian meals forContinue reading “Salem Sikh volunteers make more than 1,000 meals for hospital workers during COVID-19”

Inspired by ‘Freedom Writers’, frequently disciplined teens write, publish book on trauma

For 13 Houck middle schoolers, going to the reflection room is a common occurrence. But with the help of the room’s supervisor, these teens learned to channel their emotions through writing. In March, the group released “The Voice in Us,” a collection of poetry and short stories written by the students about their own lives. Due to theContinue reading “Inspired by ‘Freedom Writers’, frequently disciplined teens write, publish book on trauma”

Italian exchange student sent home to COVID-19 outbreak

March 26 – Desy Budau’s host mo, Loriann Schmidt, was told Thursday Budau will be on flight Friday morning. “Italian officials are fearful that the border will close for a long time, maybe until December,” Schmidt said, adding that she’s thankful they were at least able to get her a direct flight to Rome. “But I’mContinue reading “Italian exchange student sent home to COVID-19 outbreak”

Key takeaways: What we know about COVID-19 and local schools

With Oregon officials extending emergency school closures through April 28, questions are circulating on how students will continue learning, how educators will be paid, if students will be able to graduate, how families will receive meals and more. In a special school board meeting March 18, Salem-Keizer Public Schools officials mapped out plans they haveContinue reading “Key takeaways: What we know about COVID-19 and local schools”

Chemawa Indian School leaders speak after gag orders lifted

Over the last three years, news coverage of Chemawa in Salem has largely focused on allegations of fraud, mismanagement and student deaths. For the first time since a federal gag order prohibiting staff and students at Chemawa Indian School from speaking publicly about abuse allegations was lifted, leaders of the Native American boarding school are sharing their side of the story. ReadContinue reading “Chemawa Indian School leaders speak after gag orders lifted”

Is Salem’s homeless crisis getting worse? Volunteers help in extended PIT count

(PC: Anna Reed, Statesman Journal) Volunteers took to the streets Wednesday morning for Salem’s Point-in-Time homeless count, collecting data on the crisis of homelessness many believe has gotten worse in recent years. Watch the video and read the full story here.

Silverton averts teacher strike with last-minute deal

The school district in Silverton and the union representing its teachers averted a potential strike by coming to a last-minute agreement on a new contract late Monday night. The two sides had until Monday to come to an agreement on a new contract, which they did at about 10:45 p.m., after about eight hours ofContinue reading “Silverton averts teacher strike with last-minute deal”