Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Betsy DeVos will be in Oregon this week

By Bethany Barnes
October 10, 2017

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is coming to McMinnville Wednesday.

"The Secretary requested a visit of McMinnville Schools to learn about the excellent instructional practices making a difference for students," McMinnville Superintendent Maryalice Russell wrote on McMinnville High's Facebook page.  "Secretary DeVos' visit is intended to provide an opportunity for staff and students to tell their story."

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Brenda Tracy, Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley say resist changes to federal rules on campus sexual assault

By Andrew Theen
October 9, 2017

Oregon's colleges and universities must resist any Trump administrations plans to walk back federal rules directing how schools respond to sexual assault on campus.

That was the takeaway from a Monday morning roundtable discussion at Portland State University.  Oregon Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and sexual assault survivor Brenda Tracy held an informal discussion with PSU Title IX leaders and sexual assault prevention staffers.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Student protesters disrupt University of Oregon's announcement of $50 million gift

By Therese Bottomly
October 6, 2017

The University of Oregon president's state of the university speech in Eugene was canceled Friday after a noisy group of protesters took over the stage where he was to announce an anonymous $50 million gift.

President Michael Schill walked out of the auditorium without ever taking the podium.  He said later in a video address that, while he supports free speech, he does not support protests that impede other people's free speech rights.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Feds Falsely Boast of Immigration Raid Targeting Portland, But Only Detain Four People

Willamette Week
By Katie Shepherd
September 29, 2017

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement trumpted a raid that ostensibly arrested 33 undocumented immigrants in Portland, then changed its story nearly a day later, saying it had only detained four in this sanctuary city.

The ICE press release-widely parroted by local media, until ICE retracted it-came less than two weeks after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Portland to deliver a diatribe against sanctuary jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal agents to enforce federal immigration laws.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Trump's Ninth Circuit Court Nominee Stalled, as Feinstein Says Wyden, Merkley Objections Should Rule

Willamette Week
By Nigel Jaquiss
October 1, 2017

The laborious route to confirming a replacement for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain remains bottled up in a dispute between President Donald Trump's administration and U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).

On Sept. 7, Trump nominated Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Bounds to replace O'Scannlain, a move that Wyden and Merkley opposed.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

PERS plan may cost business, consumers dearly

Oregon Business Report
By Mark Hester
September 21, 2017

The Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) Unfunded Actuarial Liability (UAL) Task Force described each of its first two meetings as "brainstorming," but it's already clear that most of the proposals discussed so far would create a storm of controversy.

Perhaps, that is unavoidable given the magnitude of the problem the task force is charged with studying - ways to reduce the $25 billion PERS unfunded liability.  But there also should be concern that the long-term harm caused by many of the proposals would outweigh the short-term budget benefits.  Making a small dent in the unfunded liability will not be enough to stop the long-term growth of PERS, which threatens to soon account for as much as 30% of payroll costs for some school districts.

Read the full article at the Oregon Business Report website here.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Trump rhetoric spurs Oregon universities to double down on welcoming immigrants, Dreamers

By Andrew Theen
September 22, 2017

President Donald Trump's immigration policies and controversial bans have sent a chill through Oregon's cash-strapped public universities, which rely more than ever on lucrative tuition from international students.

Since Trump took office, applications from international students have dropped by double-digit percentages at Portland State University alone.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Southern Oregon University to name new athletic facility after Lithia Motors

By Andrew Theen
August 24, 2017

Southern Oregon University says its new $23.6 million athletic pavilion will take the name of one of the Rogue Valley's most prominent businesses.

The Lithia Motors Pavilion, the new home for the Ashland university's basketball, wrestling and volleyball teams, will open in January.  It will include a 1,400-seat gymnasium, locker rooms, three classrooms, workout facilities and administrative offices.  The building replaces McNeal Hall which was torn down to make way for the new facility.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hundreds Rally in Salem after violence in Charlottesville

Statesman Journal
By Anna Reed
August 13, 2017

Less than 24 hours after starting an effort to organize a rally in solidarity with the victims of protests and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, hundreds of people descended upon downtown Salem.  Totting signs denouncing Nazis, the alt-right and white supremacy, people of all ages spread out near the Marion Street and Center Street bridges.

The rally was to "show that Salem is not a hateful place, that Oregon supports diversity," Pam McCollum, with Salem Resists said.

Read the full article at the Statesman Journal website here.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

How Important is earning a Bachelor's Degree

Oregon Business Report
By Felicia Bechtoldt
August 8, 2017

According to data from the Pew Research Center, nearly every American feels that college is very important.  Almost all parents (94%) expect their children to attend college, roughly three quarters (73%) of adults feel that college is "...essential to get ahead in life," and Americans across the board believe they would have a larger salary with a college degree or a smaller salary without one.  Folks are divided, however, on the "mission" of college.  Close to 40 percent of Americans feel the main goal of a college education is personal growth while nearly half (47%) feel the main goal is preparation for the labor force.  Some people might argue that both missions are essentially the same.  Regardless of the purpose of college, from a labor market perspective the value of a bachelor's degree is revealed in the data.

Read the full article at the Oregon Business Report website here.