Teacher union leaders have scaled back a request for extra pay for educators with large classes, but said Salem-Keizer teachers won’t approve a contract without some steps to address large class sizes and caseloads.
Gov. Tina Kotek is backing a proposal to send school districts $50 million for summer programs after the Legislature failed to allocate funds last summer. Salem-Keizer leaders said the money would help expand offerings.
Leaders of ASKESP, the union representing 2,800 custodians, bus drivers, classroom assistants and other employees of the Salem-Keizer School District, said they’re hopeful they can reach a contract after seeing the district’s latest offer.
Principal Scott Gragg said the change is being made because of disciplinary issues off-campus, as well as a high number of students absent or tardy after lunch.
The graduation rate for Oregon’s class of 2023 was about 81%, the same as the class of 2022 but down slightly from a high of 85% pre-pandemic.
Salem high schools in 2023 graduated a higher share of recent immigrants than the state average. It was the first year Oregon collected the data.
Water damage from burst pipes means school is canceled Friday at Schirle, Harritt and the Behavior Intervention Center. Other Salem-Keizer schools may open depending on road conditions.
A new public show focused on solar eclipses opens Friday, Jan. 19, in the Chemeketa Community College planetarium.
Rural high schoolers will have more options for career-technical education thanks to Chemeketa grant
A $2.2 million federal grant will allow Chemeketa Community College to develop more classes accessible to high school students in smaller school districts in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.
At a student-organized community forum at South Salem High School Wednesday evening, high schoolers discussed with teachers how union proposals to separate honors and regular classes and address student behavior would impact them.