As Oregon moves to local control on school masks, Salem parents and educators rally against mandates

Several hundred people protested school mask mandates on Lancaster Drive Northeast outside the Salem-Keizer School District on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) As an elementary school principal in south Salem, Beth Freeborn said she saw masks get in the way of children learning. Students who came back to[Read More…]

Substitute needs more than double as Salem-Keizer struggles to fill teacher, bus driver absences

A kindergarten student arrives by bus at Richmond Elementary. Driver and educator shortages are making operating local schools a daily challenge. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Local schools are short hundreds of teachers and classroom assistants daily, with educators forgoing training, preparation time and administrative tasks just to keep classes running in-person.[Read More…]