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Oregon’s Students and Higher Education Staff Deal with the Trump Administration’s Decision to Cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program
A Lebanon ESP Lands an OEA Promising Practices Grant and Transforms her Students’ Education
The year 2017 has ushered in a record-breaking number of Oregonians running for local school board positions that have been long uncontested. It has been nearly ten years since the Oregon School Boards Association has seen this many people – over 1,000 – campaign for office.
OEA endorsed candidates in 86 local elections across the state. Over $30,000 was contributed on behalf of OEA members, which allowed community supporters to mobilize and reach more potential voters. Thousands of phone calls, emails, and doors knocks made a clear impact in many of these races as well.
Over 75 percent of OEA-supported contenders were chosen by their communities to represent their school districts, including many candidates of color. As diversity increases in Oregon schools, cultural representation in school government is crucial to the success of all students. OEA proudly supports those who want to improve the overall quality of public education.
Newly appointed Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has signed a proclamation that gives more flexibility on school meal guidelines, rolling back some of the regulations that were put into place under Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign.
Perdue cites “feedback from students, schools, and food service experts about the challenges they are facing in meeting final regulations for school meals” as a reason for the rollback; schools facing hardship in meeting nutrition goals are now able to serve foods with higher sodium and fat contents, enriched white flour, and low-fat flavored milks, the latter of which has been proven to include more sugar than recommended for an entire day.
This news comes at a time when over 30 percent of school-aged children in the United States are classified as overweight or obese. With many elementary schools pressed for funding to give students access to physical education, they are not only losing access to adequate exercise, but access to information about healthy food choices.
Jefferson County, Alabama’s history is plagued with racial inequality. Though the area-school district has been under federal desegregation orders since 1965, a new federal court ruling may allow certain schools to roll back time to the pre-Civil Rights era.
Gardendale, a pre-dominantly white municipal in northern Jefferson County, has been granted the right to form their own school district within the city limits at the start of the next school year. This limits the number of students of color who can access programs unique to Gardendale schools.
The city has been fighting for local control of schools since 2013, with officials making the argument that the split will “give the community a sense of pride and ownership”.
The most recent report published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office shows that roughly 17 percent of schools are racial and/or socioeconomically isolated, which means that at least 75 percent of the student population is of the same race or socioeconomic group. An appeal to the case is being prepared for filing with the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Condition of Education is a congressionally mandated report prepared by NCES, based on the most recent available data.
Some of the national highlights from the 2017 report: