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Sep 11 2012

Tips for education advocates

As parents and students settle into the new school year, K-12 public education advocates prepare for the new legislative session scheduled to begin only four months from now. A quick overview of Oregonians’ attitudes about K-12 public education may be valuable to these warriors as they gird for battle in Salem. Some of these considerations may not be news, but as I watch those advocating for a better K-12 public education system, I am often left wondering if it wouldn’t help to remind ourselves of some past lessons.

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Oct 4 2012

Oregon's state report card - what's in a grade?

Parents need more than attendance and cut scores to decide whether their child’s school is doing its best to help prepare the students to be college or career ready; in the re-work of Oregon’s Report Card, we need to make this information available to them in a useful and relevant way.

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Nov 6 2012

A message from Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton

The following excerpt is from the Oregon Department of Education's November newsletter. To read this newsletter in its entirety and to read archived newsletters, visit the ODE Education Update webpage.

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Nov 21 2012

Public education: What Oregonians are talking about

Last month as a part of the “Principal for Almost a Day” program, I had the honor of spending (almost) a day shadowing Ericka Guynes, principal of Earl Boyles Elementary School in the David Douglas School District.

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Dec 5 2012

Out on a limb…leading in a time of reform

As I sit next to my companion on our way to a conference, I think about how far I’ve come. You see, I am the President of the one of the largest Teacher’s Association/Union local in the state, my companion is our District Superintendent, Dr. Sandra Husk, and the conference is a joint labor-management conference. We will join our school board chair and share with districts from all over the nation how we collaborate around District and Association issues big and small.

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