Editorial: Paying for Progressive Dreams

Progressive politicians dream of solving social problems with new government programs. The bill for these programs must be paid regardless of whether or not the program actually solves the problem and even when it makes the situation worse. How does this happen? When the economy is rolling and tax receipts rise, progressives add new programs … Read more

Now is the Time to Help All Graduates of the Class of 2024 Learn to Read & Write

In seven months, students of the Class of 2024 will be celebrating their high school graduation. There will be caps and gowns, smiling pictures taken, valedictorian speeches, grad night parties and many sighs of relief as students graduate and enter the real world. Students will be handed a high school diploma as a success indicator … Read more

Local Schools’ Test Results Down but Per-Student Cost Up

Student academic assessment results are better than last school year yet remain well below pre-pandemic levels for English Language Arts and Mathematics. This is true locally and statewide. [For statewide assessment results see “Oregon School Testing” article on page 10.] While students struggle, spending continues to increase, with the Oregon Legislature approving a record $10.2 … Read more

Why Oregon has Failed to Teach Kids to Read after $250M Spent in 25 Years

By Alex Baumhardt, Oregon Capital Chronicle Editor’s note: This article comprises excerpts from an in-depth 3-part series published by the Oregon Capital Chronicle on the causes of the low reading proficiency of Oregon public school students. The 11,000-word series was researched over four months and included interviews with more than 80 teachers, parents, elected officials … Read more

Oregon School Testing: 43% Proficient in English, 30% in Math

By Alex Baumhardt, Oregon Capitol Chronicle Most Oregon students have not regained ground in key subjects following the COVID pandemic, but steep declines in English language arts, math and science proficiency that occurred during the pandemic are beginning to level off, according to the latest results from statewide assessment tests.  Gov. Tina Kotek said in … Read more

Election Results Point to Future Changes

The May 16 Special Election resulted in significant changes to our local school boards. Here are the official election results for races in Josephine County. Grants Pass School District Voters elected four new school board members to Grants Pass School District 7. Position 1: Challenger Dustin Smith defeated incumbent Scott Nelson. Dustin Smith: 4,102 (54.57%) … Read more

They’re Asking 11-year-olds WHAT? Inside the Invasive ‘Student Health Survey’

By Eagle News Staff The Oregon Health Authority conducts an annual Student Health Survey of sixth, eighth and 11th grade students in Oregon public schools. According to the OHA, the surveys are designed to address student health and safety, student mental and behavioral health, school climate and culture, and the impact of COVID-19. The sixth … Read more