Thousands call on school board directors to resign as Salem-Keizer leaders discuss police in schools

The 2019 Salem-Keizer School Board (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Salem-Keizer school board members spent much of a four-hour public meeting Tuesday night explaining they want to listen to the community about the future of police in local schools, but devoted only one hour to hearing community input after more than 180[Read More…]

Superintendent Christy Perry rebukes school board over “discounting” experiences of students of color

Superintendent Christy Perry publicly rebuked her supervisors – the elected Salem-Keizer School Board – during a Tuesday meeting, saying she can no longer ask thousands of district employees to fight against racism without sharing how board members have discounted the experiences of students of color they are supposed to serve.[Read More…]

Salem-Keizer schools grapple with transportation, clubs, childcare as they plan for fall reopening

Seen through a sliding glass door, Noah Hall, wife Jessica and children Evan, 6, and Ruby, 2, sit at the kitchen table of their Salem home on Wednesday, April 23. The Halls are both elementary school teachers who are currently teaching classes from phone via video while also caring for[Read More…]

Hundreds call on Salem-Keizer to end contracts for police in schools

Students organized by Latinos Unidos Siempre urged the new Salem-Keizer School Board to address the mental health needs of immigrant students and stop policies that disproportionately punish students of color at a July 2019 meeting. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Hundreds of community leaders, teachers and citizens are calling on the Salem-Keizer[Read More…]

Salem-Keizer Education Foundation to dissolve, transferring many programs to YMCA

The Salem-Keizer Education Foundation is dissolving after almost 40 years serving thousands of students in the Salem area through mentoring programs, youth sports and after-school activities. A near-total loss of revenue over the past three months as local schools have shut their doors proved insurmountable for an organization that had[Read More…]