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|Wednesday, February 01, 2006|
As a state legislator and 12-year faculty member at Portland Community College I appreciated your roundtable concerning Oregon’s education challenges [TAKING ISSUE WITH EDUCATION, January]. The observation by Morgan Anderson of Intel that “higher education has taken the brunt of the cuts” is especially significant and we ignore it at our peril.
Intellectual capital is a necessary condition of economic competitiveness and investing in higher education is critical to Oregon’s future. Unfortunately, what I observed in my freshman legislative session was something of an obsession with K-12 funding and paucity of focus on our system of higher education. We must broaden public discussion of education in Oregon to consistently include investment in higher education. --Larry Galizio State representative, House District 35 Tigard
Many participants in the education roundtable did not address an integral element to overall improvement of student achievement familial background and support. I was a teacher for 34 years. Of all the challenges I faced, the one most difficult to overcome was a student’s preschool experiences and value of education. These two factors were largely out of my hands.
Schools should be accountable for student progress and they are. As a teacher and now as district curriculum assistant, I have seen standards raised and assessments required at all levels.
To improve high school graduation rates and students’ employment skills, all plans need to include ways to enhance the pre-school experiences of high-risk students. Support services, like parenting classes, educational daycare programs and pediatric health care, should be available. Public education also needs a stable source of funding to meet all the challenges of the 21st century.
-- Jim Harrington
Thursday, June 12, 2014
BY ANDREA DURBIN | OB GUEST BLOGGER
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BY JASON NORRIS | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Back in May, we shared a common Wall Street quote about investing, “Sell in May and go away.” Fast forward to July and the most common question we have been getting from clients is, “When is the market pullback going to occur?”
Thursday, June 26, 2014
BY ERIC FRUTS | OB BLOGGER
Last year, the housing market in Oregon—and the U.S. as a whole—was blasting off. The Case-Shiller index of home prices ended the year 13% higher than at the beginning of the year. But, was last year a blip, or a trend?
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BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER
Some people think Amazon’s winking eye logo is starting to look like a hoodwink.
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Citing the transition to catch shares management as a key to rebuilding stocks and reducing bycatch, 13 species caught by the West Coast trawl fishery today earned designation from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as sustainable.
Friday, May 30, 2014
BY DEBRA RINGOLD | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
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