SPECIAL REPORT PART 5: NINE INTO SIX Apr. 20
Salem-Keizer schools face 'urgency' to improve elementary education
Across Oregon, students in high-poverty elementary schools struggle where a majority of students are not native English speakers. Salem-Keizer has 13 such schools - more than any other district in the state.
SPECIAL REPORT: NINE INTO SIX Apr. 19
PHOTO GALLERY: Highland Elementary School
PHOTO GALLERY: Highland Elementary, one of Salem's oldest schools, has seen relatively stable staffing and programs compared to other high-poverty schools in the district. Take a look inside the classroom.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Apr. 19
City manager proposes cuts to homeless aid, youth programs to help general fund
The Homeless Rental Assistance Program would see its city funds halved, while the city would no longer earmark $250,000 for a proposed sobering center. Budget meetings start in May and Salem City Council will adopt a final budget in June.
STATE PRISONS Apr. 19
As Oregon inmates age, lawmakers prepare for rising healthcare costs
Elderly inmates are the fastest-growing segment of the state’s prison population, but the state has few prison facilities equipped for geriatric care.
PUBLIC SAFETY Apr. 19
Judge: Gable has sufficient proof he is 'probably' innocent of Francke murder
A federal magistrate on Thursday concluded no jury would have convicted Frank Gable of murdering Michael Francke in 1989 in light of new evidence. The state has been ordered to free Gable from prison or try him again within 90 days.
SPECIAL REPORT PART 4: NINE INTO SIX Apr. 19
With teachers staying put, Highland students make progress
Highland Elementary has one of the highest poverty rates in Salem, but has seen better performance on state assessments than most challenged local schools. Staff point to a relatively stable group of classroom teachers, and a consistent bilingual program and math curriculum to explain their performance.
STATE GOVERNMENT Apr. 18
Kate Brown promises substantial change to child welfare system
On Thursday, Gov. Brown announced her executive order giving her and her staff much more control and influence over the Department of Human Services’ Child Welfare division.
SPECIAL REPORT: NINE INTO SIX Apr. 18
PHOTO GALLERY: Hallman Elementary School
From the breakfast line and morning assembly to classrooms and an energetic principal, take a look inside Hallman Elementary.
CRIME Apr. 18
Former Salem cop facing criminal charges has fled the state
As more criminal charges against Seth Thayres came to light, and after spending more than two weeks in jail, the former Salem police officer fled east. He said he would return if the charges are dismissed.
SPECIAL REPORT PART 3: NINE INTO SIX Apr. 18
Hallman Elementary turns federal money into student success
Nearly a decade ago, the state ranked Hallman among the bottom 5% of high-poverty schools in Oregon - the only elementary school to make the list. A $3 million federal grant helped Hallman improve, but continued a trend of high turnover among principals. Now, Jessica Brenden is trying to guide the school to greater achievement.
SPECIAL REPORT: NINE INTO SIX Apr. 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 Apr. 17
AGENDA: Chemeketa board to consider contract for new agricultural complex
The Chemeketa Community College board meets 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17.
SPECIAL REPORT Part 2: NINE INTO SIX Apr. 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.
BEHIND THE SCENES Apr. 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 Apr. 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 Apr. 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 Apr. 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 Apr. 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 Apr. 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 Part 1: NINE INTO SIX Apr. 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 Apr. 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 Apr. 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.