In memory of board member Orcilia Zúñiga Forbes

The board, staff, and extended family of Foundations for a Better Oregon (FBO) and The Chalkboard Project remember and celebrate Orcilia Zúñiga Forbes, PhD, and her treasured service over the past eleven years. We are immensely saddened by her recent passing. Read more.

Racial achievement gaps cost the Oregon economy

A study commissioned by Chalkboard and the Portland Business Alliance shows the financial cost of disproportionate achievement of Oregon's graduates by race. Read more.

The effects of CLASS are powerful

Data from school districts with two or more years of CLASS implementation demonstrate higher graduation rates. Read more.

CLASS Dashboard for 2014 published

CLASS districts are closing achievement gaps and raising student outcomes compared to the rest of the state. Read more.

Are teaching conditions better in CLASS districts?

In 2014, Oregon's Dept. of Education commissioned a survey to gauge educators' perceptions about teaching conditions. Read more.

Condition of Education for Oregon's tribal students

The resulting analysis shines light on where members of these tribes go to school, their math and reading achievement and graduation rates, as well as a n Read more.

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Alternative compensation for Oregon’s teachers: To boldly go where no one has gone before

Co-authors and Chalkboard staffers Julie Smith, director of educator effectiveness, and Bev Pratt, TIF grant manager, ... Read more

Making college accessible for all

The day before my son Kellen began kindergarten, I woke up in the middle of the night and thought, “Oh no, my son is a... Read more

Will alternative teacher compensation models serve the profession and students better?

 Co-authors and Chalkboard staffers Julie Smith, director of educator effectiveness, and Bev Pratt, TIF grant manager... Read more

Teacher preparation shouldn’t be like being pushed into a lake without knowing how to swim

If you could witness the first day of school at Salem’s César Chavez School, then you would see our teacher candidate... Read more

Senator Ted Ferrioli’s perspective on HB 2655

Senator Ted Ferrioli is the senior member of the Oregon State Senate and serves as the Senate Republican Caucus Leader.... Read more

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Current Educational Issues

Roseburg High cancels after school events, other schools send support following Oregon school shooting

At about 10:40 a.m., authorities responded the reports of a shooting at the Umpqua Community College Campus, located about seven miles from ... Read more.

Ruling In Compton Schools Case: Trauma Could Cause Disability

A federal judge has ruled that a child's exposure to traumatic events could lead to disability. The decision allows a case against the ... Read more.

Big trouble in Florida schools — and it’s not a hurricane

There’s big trouble in Florida — and it’s not a hurricane. A battle over Florida’s public education system may be ... Read more.