What you need to know about the Oregon Promise Grant

What you need to know about the Oregon Promise Grant 4:26 p.m. PDT June 29, 2016 The Oregon Promise Grant was created by the state Legislature in 2015 to provide free community college tuition for high school graduates. It is funded by a $10 million appropriation for the first year of the program. Oregon became the second state (afterContinue reading “What you need to know about the Oregon Promise Grant”

Federal lawsuit filed against Salem-Keizer district

Federal lawsuit filed against Salem-Keizer district 10:53 a.m. PDT June 27, 2016 A special needs teacher in the Salem-Keizer School District has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming to have been discriminated against “on the basis of age, disability based on perceived impairment, and whistleblowing.” Holly Dowell filed the original complaint in the United States District Court on February 24.  AnContinue reading “Federal lawsuit filed against Salem-Keizer district”

Book targets children’s summer learning loss

Book targets children’s summer learning loss 8:50 a.m. PDT June 27, 2016 For years, summer school has been thought of as remedial. But according to Matthew Boulay, founder of the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) and resident of Salem, summer learning is actually crucial for students’ academic growth. “Growing up, learning is a 12-month endeavor,”Continue reading “Book targets children’s summer learning loss”

Activists deliver signatures for Initiative Petition 65

Activists deliver signatures for Initiative Petition 65 5:19 p.m. PDT June 23, 2016 Supporters of Initiative Petition 65 turned in the last of the needed signatures to qualify a measure for the November ballot on Thursday. Initiative Petition 65 would create a funding source for all Oregon school districts to spend on career technical education, early college readinessContinue reading “Activists deliver signatures for Initiative Petition 65”

A message given to Salem refugees: you are welcome here

A message given to Salem refugees: you are welcome here 11:16 a.m. PDT June 20, 2016 There weren’t enough chairs to hold the dozens of people who gathered at the Peace Plaza in Salem on Sunday afternoon to welcome the about 60 refugees resettling in the area this year. The Salem chapter of the UnitedContinue reading “A message given to Salem refugees: you are welcome here”

How and why refugees come to the U.S.

Read the story online 1:48 p.m. PDT June 15, 2016 Joel Nzabakiza describes his childhood as a “sad story.” When he was 7, his father was stabbed to death in front of his family. Fleeing for safety, Nzabakiza’s mother led his family, including his five brothers, to a nearby forest where they hid for a week untilContinue reading “How and why refugees come to the U.S.”

District vows equal access for transgender students

District vows equal access for transgender students 10:15 p.m. PDT May 13, 2016 In response to recently released federal guidelines to protect transgender students’ rights, the Salem-Keizer School District in Oregon does not anticipate significant changes, saying they “already ensure equal access for transgender students.” Salem-Keizer has an “equal education opportunity” policy that addresses the protected classes, including gender and sexual orientation.Continue reading “District vows equal access for transgender students”

Willamette reports inaccurate data on the academy

Willamette reports inaccurate data on the academy 2:39 p.m. PDT March 18, 2016 Willamette University officials used inaccurate data when deciding to dramatically reduce the size of its Willamette Academy college prep program for underserved students. University president Stephen Thorsett admitted to the error in a letter sent Thursday to students and staff. One of the keyContinue reading “Willamette reports inaccurate data on the academy”

Mini, future chefs compete at McKay High School

Mini, future chefs compete at McKay High School 8:29 a.m. PDT March 18, 2016 Mozzarella. Egg. Turkey Sausage. These three ingredients filled Maleah Forsythe’s breakfast burritos at the seventh annual Future Chefs event Thursday at McKay High School. Maleah, 10, served a side of pineapple and cilantro with her dish, which is one that her fatherContinue reading “Mini, future chefs compete at McKay High School”

CTEC students show their skills at manufacturer summit

CTEC students show their skills at manufacturer summit 2:20 p.m. PDT March 17, 2016 Most students present their school projects to a classroom of 30 or so peers. But for eight students from the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) of Salem-Keizer, their classroom Monday was a ballroom of hundreds of Oregon’s professional manufacturers. The teamContinue reading “CTEC students show their skills at manufacturer summit”