Study: Oregon one of most welcoming states for refugees

Study: Oregon one of most welcoming states for refugees (Photo: Courtesy of the International Rescue Committee) Oregon is one of the most welcoming states in the country for incoming refugees, a new study says. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and search site ABODO released research Wednesday revealing which U.S. states are most welcoming toward refugees, based on Twitter posts. Researchers analyzedContinue reading “Study: Oregon one of most welcoming states for refugees”

Keizer teen tames wild mustang

Keizer teen tames wild mustang 9:12 a.m. PDT August 8, 2016 Elisabeth Burleson likes to spend her free time with wild horses. Burleson, 15, usually rides Suzie, a 16-year-old Quarter Horse and Pony of America (POA) mix, a few hours a day. But this spring and summer, she spent 113 days working with a 17-month-old mustang named Delilah for the nationalContinue reading “Keizer teen tames wild mustang”

Lead in water at Wright Elementary School

Lead in water at Wright Elementary School 8:03 p.m. PDT August 5, 2016 Five faucets and one drinking fountain at Wright Elementary School in Salem have tested above the action level for lead, school district officials said Friday. There were no results above the action level for copper. The Salem-Keizer Public School’s action level of 15 partsContinue reading “Lead in water at Wright Elementary School”

Growing interest in Village Home, alternative schooling

Growing interest in Village Home, alternative schooling 4:25 p.m. PDT July 29, 2016 Village Home, an alternative to conventional schooling, is growing in popularity in Salem. Though not a school itself, Village Home provides classes for children who are predominantly home-schooled. Village Home began its first classes in January. In the winter term, Village Home hadContinue reading “Growing interest in Village Home, alternative schooling”

Solutions for Oregon’s low graduation rate?

Solutions for Oregon’s low graduation rate? 8:27 a.m. PDT July 28, 2016 In December, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the creation of a new position, the Education Innovation Officer. Meant to advise Brown on the best practices and programs for schools statewide, the job leaves much to the imagination. What does it mean to “engage with communities”? How will theContinue reading “Solutions for Oregon’s low graduation rate?”

Behind bars: Willamette class goes to prison

Behind bars: Willamette class goes to prison 8:33 a.m. PDT July 29, 2016 An earlier version of this story was corrected Thursday, July 28. A politics class from Willamette University spent every other Monday this spring in the Oregon State Penitentiary. They worked with inmates on such topics as clemency, juvenile rights and prison condition during the spring semesterContinue reading “Behind bars: Willamette class goes to prison”

New plan helps disabled save without penalty

New plan helps disabled save without penalty 7:34 p.m. PDT July 26, 2016 Individuals with disabilities and their families will no longer have to live in poverty or limit their savings to receive state and federal benefits. The Oregon 529 Savings Board announced Monday that the Oregon ABLE Savings Plan will launch by the end ofContinue reading “New plan helps disabled save without penalty”

School for the Deaf helps students pursue work, college

School for the Deaf helps students pursue work, college 8:32 a.m. PDT July 25, 2016 In art class, Cristian Flores likes to draw cars. No, correct that. He likes to draw one kind of car in particular — the Batmobile. Flores, 18, is a student at the Oregon School for the Deaf. He is both deaf andContinue reading “School for the Deaf helps students pursue work, college”

Bill could eliminate hidden tax on student loan debt

Bill could eliminate hidden tax on student loan debt 4:17 p.m. PDT July 21, 2016 The Student Loan Tax Relief Act was introduced in Washington, D.C., last week by Senator Rob Wyden and fellow sponsors. Should it pass, it would eliminate hidden tax on forgiven student loan debt. “Congress has to do more to help families and students getContinue reading “Bill could eliminate hidden tax on student loan debt”

Risking life, seeking asylum

Risking life, seeking asylum 8:48 a.m. PDT July 18, 2016 February 18, 2014. Maria Francisca Gomez remembers the date well; it was the last day she saw her son. In the midst of the violence and corruption in El Salvador, Gomez’s son Francisco Javier went to renew his voting card and pick up medication for his father.Continue reading “Risking life, seeking asylum”