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Oregon prisons ban dozens of technology and programming books over security concerns

(Salem Reporter file) Oregon’s Department of Corrections has banned dozens of introductory technology and coding books from state prisons over security concerns. The banned titles include “Windows 10 for Dummies,” “Python Programming For Beginners” and “Blockchain Revolution,” a narrative explaining how blockchain technology works and its application in finance, business,[Read More…]

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AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board considers $1.2 billion budget, new assistant superintendent contracts

After more than a month of discussion, the Salem-Keizer School Board will consider the district’s 2019-20 budget at a meeting Tuesday. The $1.2 billion proposal maintains current district services with some additions, including more high school mental health counselors and elementary school behavioral support staff. Prior to voting on the[Read More…]

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Twenty years in, Salem-Keizer dental program provides screenings, care for thousands of kids

Dentist Brian Westover and dental assistant Steven Sadaya care for a Scott Elementary School student in the Tooth Taxi. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Dentist Brian Westover leaned over a reclined chair. “I’m just gonna make your tooth go to sleep, buddy,” he explained to his young patient, a second-grade student at[Read More…]

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2,750 students graduate from Salem-Keizer schools this week

The West Salem High School Class of 2019 celebrates during graduation on June 6, 2019. (Courtesy/Salem-Keizer School District) This week, about 2,750 Salem-Keizer students donned caps and gowns and walked across the stage after earning a diploma or GED. The Class of 2019 has collectively earned more than $33.5 million in[Read More…]