Local schools pledged anti-racism last year, but are they following through?

Joint byline with Jordyn Brown Many local schools during the protests acknowledged the continued presence of racism and pledged against it, saying they would “do the work” to confront it in schools and listen more to their students of color. But a year later, with few exceptions, many changes have only appeared in long-term policy reviews or promises. It’sContinue reading “Local schools pledged anti-racism last year, but are they following through?”

It’s been a year since George Floyd’s murder. What’s changed in Salem?

By Connor Radnovich, Dianne Lugo, Natalie Pate, Virginia Barreda and Whitney Woodworth One year removed from Floyd’s death, the Statesman Journal looks back on how the fight for racial equity and justice has developed, and what the road ahead may yet hold. Read the full story here.

Most school board candidates have financial ties to special interest groups

The Salem-Keizer Public Schools governing board is historically a nonpartisan entity. But candidates in the May 18 election are getting money from notably political sources. Big players are investing tens of thousands of dollars into candidates, with some individual campaigns costing around $50,000. Read the full story here.

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”