School districts around Oregon are deciding whether to return to in-person instruction after Gov. Kate Brown loosened pandemic-related restrictions. Many parents who are advocating for schools to reopen say that the longer distance learning continues, the more likely it is that the achievement gap widens between students of color and white students. But Rashelle Chase, an early childhood educator and Portland mother, says that the voices of families of color are not being included in those conversations.
School districts around Oregon are deciding whether to return to in-person instruction after Gov. Kate Brown loosened pandemic-related restrictions. Schools in the Bend-La Pine district are reopening their classrooms to students later this month. Lake Oswego announced plans to reopen schools for its youngest students in February, despite concerns from teachers.
College enrollment is declining across Oregon. Community colleges have been hit the hardest, with an overall 23% enrollment decline, compared to a 3.8% decline across all institutions. This could spell lasting consequences for both the colleges and students.
As Oregon continues to roll out vaccinations for health care workers and nursing home residents and staff, the Oregon Health Authority is gearing up to distribute vaccines to the next group on their priority list: K-12 education workers. Oregon’s teachers, campus staff and bus drivers are all next in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of Gov. Kate Brown’s Feb. 15 goal to get students back into schools. But they’ll be ahead of thousands of home-based Oregonians over the age of 65.
Fifty-four people died due to traffic collisions on Portland’s streets in 2020, surpassing 2019’s count. There haven’t been that many traffic fatalities in the city in 24 years. There's historically a pattern of reduced driving and traffic deaths during recessions, but 2020 bucked that trend. Portland Bureau of Transportation Public Information Officer Dylan Rivera joins us to discuss the increased number of traffic fatalities last year.
Oregon City police now have the option of calling a behavioral health specialist when they encounter someone experiencing a mental-health crisis. Valentina Muggia started the job a few weeks ago, but she’s spent the last five years working with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office in a similar position.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler was narrowly reelected for a second term in office in a runoff election in November. Wheeler is the first mayor since Vera Katz who will serve consecutive terms as mayor of Portland. He’s recently pledged a tougher stance on people who commit violence and vandalism at protests following demonstrations on New Years Eve. We check in with Wheeler about his plans and goals for his second term in office.