2012 Oregon Legislative Session Winds Down: How Will Education Fare?

I finally graded enough papers so that I can blog again — hooray!  This term, I am teaching a ridiculous number of classes and feel like every spare moment is spent providing feedback, returning emails, and worrying about the next class day.  That said…let’s catch up!

As February winds down, so does the 2012 Oregon Legislative Session, and education and other issues that will impact kids and families (including health reform).  Have you been keeping up?  It has truly been a whirlwind, and, if you’re a teacher like me, as we head toward spring break, the work load piles up, and it can feel difficult to stay informed. So, here are a few tidbits so that you can catch up on the session and other current issues:

  • The latest article out about Kitzhaber’s goal to get these education bills passed before the session ends (meaning that they are not yet passed)
  • Track the bills that have and have not passed yet here.
  • Recent U.S. Census Data shows that Oregon students are unprepared for higher ed.  We have far fewer students graduating and going on to get college degrees than many other states across the country.
  • A rally at PSU showcased the tension coming from rising tuition costs in higher education.

What are your thoughts on the proposed reforms to education in Oregon?  How do you feel about higher tuition costs in conjunction with the fact that Oregon students are unlikely to graduate from college?

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4 thoughts on “2012 Oregon Legislative Session Winds Down: How Will Education Fare?

  1. I have been trying to keep up with education in Oregon and I would like to see the Early Learning Proposal pass. I think that have a centralized authority may provide better outcomes and as for the compacts, I am on the fence but would like to see something other than NCLB in Oregon, Like the article said, a step in the right direction!

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