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Public News Service - OR: Education

Leslie Lindberg-Harper is part of the diverse group of education support professionals in the Salem-Keizer school district. (Charles Lapham/Oregon Education Association)

SALEM, Ore. -- This week is American Education Week, and more than just teachers are in the spotlight for the support they provide to students. Each day of Education Week has a theme, and today is Education Support Professionals Day. Known as ESPs, they include school bus drivers, janitorial staff

Oregon has, on average, the third largest class sizes in the nation. (Oregon Department of Transportation/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon state economists have announced the "kicker" tax rebate will go into effect next year, but economic analysts worry it is punting concerns over schools' financial woes down the road. Many Oregonians see a reason to celebrate the $464 million rebate, which will send money

The Harvest Share at Portland State University provides fresh fruits and vegetables to students. (Oregon Food Bank)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Hiding in plain sight on college campuses in Oregon are students who aren't sure where their next meal is coming from. Surveys at the University of Oregon, Oregon State and Portland State University have found that more than half of students at all three schools are consider

Summer Academy in Baker City provides interactive summer learning opportunities for children. (Jason Todd/Summer Academy 2017)

BAKER CITY, Ore. – Children cherish summer as a time when they are free from school, but the lack of academics can leave them behind in class the next year, educators say. That's especially the case for students from low-income families who often don't have the resources for summer learning

The Oregon Legislature has passed an education budget that now heads to Gov. Kate Brown's desk. (Edmund Garman/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon House on Tuesday passed an education budget of $8.2 billion for the next two years, but educators say they're being shorted once again. Even legislators warned the funding amount will mean cuts for some school districts, fewer teachers and larger class sizes. Oregon educato

Oregon students led the passage of a bill creating ethnic studies in the state's K-12 schools. (APANO)

SALEM, Ore. – Students and racial-justice groups in the state are among those applauding a bill now on the governor's desk that should make Oregon schools feel more inclusive for students of color. Under House Bill 2845, the Oregon Department of Education will adopt ethnic studies standards

Oregon lawmakers in Salem are grappling with a $1.4 billion budget shortfall. (Chris Phan/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore -- As Oregon educators watch Salem to see how education funding will fare in this year's negotiations, they also are keeping one eye on the uncertainty at the federal level. A 2018 budget from the Trump administration is expected next week and most likely will include large cuts to dome

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival provides workshops for high school students in the state. (Kim Budd/Oregon Shakespeare Festival)

ASHLAND, Ore. – The proposed budget from the Trump administration would slash funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to zero, and that could mean fewer children in Oregon will be exposed to art. The state's world-renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival hosts hundreds of students each y

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