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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, July 10, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
Tom Cox interviews Dr. Mark Goulston, author of Just Listen, Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment.
Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
Demand for organic food continues to soar: Last year, sales of organic food rose to $32.3 billion — up 10% from 2012. In Oregon, organic produce wholesaler Organically Grown Co. has been championing organic growing methods for four decades.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB WEB EDITOR
Dress for Success Oregon promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Oregon Business magazine won two silver awards for excellence in writing in the National American Society of Business Publication Editors Western region competition.
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Tom Cox interviews Pete Friedes, author of "The 2R Manager," about becoming a Best Boss.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
Portland startup Green Endeavor strikes gold, inking a partnership with Underwriters Laboratories, an Illinois-based consulting and certification company with offices in 46 countries.
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