What is the future of education in Oregon? This is the subject of my article on the cover of the Jefferson Monthly. I have four children who have all been educated in Oregon. While my son went only to public school, my daughters have gone to both public and private school. In addiction, I’ve taught both reading and writing at five Oregon schools, including the Willow Wind Community Learning Center, the Siskiyou School, Walker Elementary School, the Ashland Middle School, and the Ashland High School. So I have experience with education in Oregon as a parent and a teacher as well as a journalist.
First the bad news about education in Oregon:
The graduation rate in Oregon’s high schools is only 68.5 percent (which is the second to last in the nation, and substantially lower than the national average of 78.2 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Education).
Now the good news about education in Oregon:
You don’t have to look far to find examples of viable and sustainable solutions to the challenges in Oregon’s K-12 education:
A bold partnership “3 to Ph.D.” (it’s supposed to rhyme) between one of Oregon’s finest private universities (Concordia) and most disadvantaged public schools (Faubion School on Rosa Parks Way in Portland).
Theater production at Ashland High School, where the sets are so carefully crafted that they rival some I’ve seen on Broadway, and the actors so outstanding (some have worked professionally as actors at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival), it’s hard to believe they are students.
Want to know what’s trending in education the Beaver State? Read the full text of my article about the future of education in Oregon at JPR’s website.