Renovation for Hope

Making a Small Difference in the Lives of Survivors of Domestic Violence   by Sam Bryan, Bethany Kraft, Claire Lauder, & Tina Miller According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline and DVRC websites, abuse is a repetitive pattern of behaviors … Continue reading

Print-Poor Environments & Public Libraries (by Guest Blogger Emily Rocha)

“The past two decades of research powerfully connect access to print with higher reading scores and, conversely, lack of access with lower scores.”  (Trelease, 107) Think back to when you were a child. Did your parents read you bedtime stories? … Continue reading

Oregon: New Report Cards Help Paint the Whole Picture

Last week, Oregon released new and improved school report cards. Rather than simply providing a snapshot of what schools are “good” and what schools are “bad”, the updated version offers: Level 1 to Level 5 Scale Levels 1-3 are lagging … Continue reading

Oregon’s Attempt at “Free” Tuition (by Guest Blogger Sean Kersey)

On June 27th of this year Oregon’s Senate passed the House Bill 3472 – being dubbed the “Pay it forward; Pay it back”.  This bill was in response to the issue regarding college student debt and their loans, after the Federal Government opted … Continue reading

Teacher’s Unions and Race to the Top: Demonized or Too Demanding?

Corresponding quite nicely with a discussion led by a student in my Enhancing Youth Literacy course this week, a steady flow articles has recently been emerging about teacher’s unions as barriers to state applications for Race to the Top funding. … Continue reading

How Measure 85 Can Benefit Corporations & Community (by Guest Blogger Maureen Asino)

Note: This post is Part 2 of a four-part series on Measure 85 written by PSU Capstone student bloggers.  Thank you, guest bloggers, for contributing this material and helping in our campaign to educate local voters on measures that impact … Continue reading