4J, Union Reach Tentative Agreement

EUGENE, Ore. — The 4J School District has tentatively reached a deal regarding district contracts. The agreements include nine unpaid furlough days and salary increases halfway through the next contract year. The district says the negotiations also allow room to rehire employees and even lower class sizes. “We’re very glad we’ve reached an agreement,” said … Continue reading »

Student Loan Rates Set to Double

(CNN) — Surrounded by college students in the rose garden, President Obama said higher education is the key to building the middle class. “You’re going to need more than just a high school education to succeed in this economy,” President Obama said. But he warned a college education may soon be out of reach for … Continue reading »

Students March for Education Funding

SALEM, Ore.– Hundreds of students from more than 15 schools marched to the Capitol steps to ask legislators to make higher education more affordable. At the rally in Salem, students demanded increases to higher education budgets including: $850 million for universities, $510 million for community colleges, $15 million for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon’s only … Continue reading »

Creswell School Holds Soap Box Derby

CRESWELL, Ore. — Creslane Elementary administrators are changing things up. They started offering monthly school-wide rewards to students who behave. This month, kids worked together to hold their own soap box derby. Kids are responsible for building, decorating and racing their very own soap box cars, but they’re only invited to participate if they’ve been … Continue reading »

Springfield Lights It Up Blue

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Tuesday is World Autism Awareness Day and one school district in the state promoted the national education campaign. When nighttime falls in Springfield, there’ll be some changes at the district’s schools; many of the lights will be shining blue for Light It Up Blue. Five schools in the district will shine the … Continue reading »

Education Credit Forms Accepted Feb. 14

(CNN) — If you’re planning to claim an education credit on your taxes, you now have a Valentine’s date. Feb. 14 is the first day the IRS will accept returns with Form 8863, the education credit form. When the filing season kicked off on Jan. 30, the IRS was still updating the system that processes … Continue reading »

Oregon Education Report Outlines Growth

SALEM, Ore. — The statewide education report card is out Friday, and with it, a list of projects the state wants to implement into the system. The State Board of Education says Oregon is developing an accountability system that will rate school performance. The state will continue to adopt higher expectations for elementary and middle … Continue reading »

Governor’s Budget Invests in Education

EUGENE, Ore. — The state got a glimpse at how its money will be spent in the next couple years. Governor Kitzhaber rolled out his budget during a press conference in Salem Friday morning. One of the main focuses of the new budget is putting education first. That’s been a focus during the governor’s terms … Continue reading »

U.S. Dept. of Education Leads Discussion

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Local education organizations say they’re one step closer to helping the state achieve 40-40-20. Friday morning, 17 different organizations met at the Springfield School District’s office in hopes of gaining some new perspective on how to better the current education system. A U.S. Department of Education representative led the discussion. “What the … Continue reading »

Education Rep. Hosting Local Q & A

EUGENE, Ore. — Are you looking for an opportunity to get your two cents in on the state of the nation’s education system? You’re invited to attend Friday’s question-and-answer session at the Springfield School District Office with a representative from the U.S. Department of Education. He spent the past few days speaking with Lane County … Continue reading »

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