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SPECIAL REPORT: NINE INTO SIX April 17
Four Corners educators fight the odds to boost student literacy
Four Corners has spent most of the past decade on Oregon's list of schools most needing to improve. Bilingual principal Phil Decker has for years pushed the district for better resources for Spanish-speaking students and worked to gather data on literacy so each student gets the help they need.
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SPECIAL REPORT: NINE INTO SIX April 17
PHOTO GALLERY: Four Corners Elementary School
Four Corners has been one of Salem-Keizer's most challenged schools, serving many kids who are in foster care, don't have stable housing or are otherwise struggling. Take a look inside as part of our special report on the quest to boost achievement in high-poverty schools.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS April 17
AGENDA: Chemeketa board to consider contract for new agricultural complex
The Chemeketa Community College board meets 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17.
BEHIND THE SCENES April 16
How Salem Reporter brought you the story of Salem's most challenged schools
This week, we're publishing "Nine Into Six," a five-part series on the challenges Salem's high-poverty schools face getting kids who start kindergarten behind their peers across Oregon on track for middle school. Reporter Rachel Alexander takes you behind the scenes to share how this series came about and where we got our data.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS April 16
AGENDA: Polk County Commission to vote on relinquishing right over Buena Vista streets, renew contracts
The Polk County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 17.
STATE GOVERNMENT April 16
Senate passes Measure 11 reform on slimmest of margins
If it were pass the House, the bill would be the most comprehensive reform to Oregon's mandatory minimum sentencing law to date.
STATE GOVERNMENT April 16
Portland school board member no longer helping Secretary of State
Julia Brim-Edwards, who'd clashed with the former officeholder, says Bev Clarno is ready to lead
SALEM GOVERNMENT April 16
In search of general fund dollars, Salem City Council considers possibilities of new tax, fee
Salem residents could soon find a new expense on their water bill or a tax on their wages, but several questions remain for Salem City Council to consider.
STATE GOVERNMENT April 16
Lawmakers detail gas tax credit to offset cap and trade’s impact at the pump
The credit would be given to low-income Oregonians and is estimated to be around $100 per year.
SPECIAL REPORT: NINE INTO SIX April 16
Salem schools struggle with shifting politics, challenging demographics, lagging students
In Salem's high-poverty schools, the average student starts kindergarten not recognizing enough letters to write their own name. In the first of a five-part series, we looked at how those schools use extra federal money to try to close the gap.
OREGON GOVERNMENT April 16
Rights group takes Oregon officials to court to force foster care improvements
A federal court is being asked to step in to mandate changes to Oregon's system for caring for thousands of children in foster care. The lawsuit comes after years of scandals in the state-run system.
SALEM GOVERNMENT April 15
Sexual discrimination complaints against city of Salem dismissed
The Bureau of Labor and Industries' Civil Rights Division said investigators "did not find sufficient evidence to continue our investigation," in letters sent last week. A third complaint remains open.
OREGON LEGISLATURE April 13
Oregon workers could get more leave, and paid, under proposed legislation
A new leave proposal would create a kind of savings account for workers to draw on to be paid while on leave. Businesses would contribute as well, a new cost that troubles some owners.
HOMELESSNESS April 12
Salem Housing Authority to open 35-unit, "housing first" complex by fall
Redwood Crossings will give tenants, who make at most $13,700 a year, in-house access to social services, laundry and a community kitchen.
SALEM ARTS April 12
“Music for people who are into music”: 105.5 The Moon brings quirky sound to Salem airwaves
With charismatic DJs, clever introductions and no ads, The Moon is the brainchild of Sean Mulrooney, who's spent the past year running the Salem owned-and-operated station.
OREGON LEGISLATURE April 12
Governor want to tap state funds to spare Oregon schools from retirement costs
With the bill for public employee retirements going up, Oregon school districts worry they will have to cut education to cover the cost. Gov. Kate Brown is proposing a way to have the state step in to pay some of that bill.
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