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In order to graduate, Oregon students must first show up In order to graduate, Oregon students must first show up Wednesday, January 28, 2015 People who care about Oregon’s kids got a dispiriting jolt this week when the U.S. Department of Education found Oregon to have the worst high school graduation rates in the nation. There are a number of causes for the problem of course. But one of the biggest is this: too many Oregon students – in elementary, middle and high school – are chronically absent from school. Research on Oregon student attendance shows that nearly a quarter of Oregon’s...
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Closing the digital divide at Earl Boyles Elementary Closing the digital divide at Earl Boyles Elementary Monday, January 26, 2015 On a recent Tuesday morning, Earl Boyles Elementary School preschool teacher Katie Herro poses a question to her three- and four-year old students sitting in a circle in front of a digital whiteboard. "How do you build a house?" she asks, and after some exchange with her students she summons one child to come up and touch the house pictured on the screen. A time-lapse video starts in which construction workers lay a foundation, hang beams and drywall, and eventually...
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Parent Perspectives on the First Five Years

Strategy for School Success
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Parent PerspectivesTo ensure the perspective of low-income parents is reflected in its public policy agenda, the Children's Institute commissioned Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall to conduct four focus groups. The research has been designed to assess parents' understanding of and attitudes toward the first five years of their child's life, covering topics such as school readiness, child care, and preschool. Participants also discussed what barriers they face in getting what they need to make sure their children have a healthy start during their first five years of life.

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