Excitement, fear and little clarity in Salem as governor gives school districts a path toward reopening

James Gough, an incoming kindergartner at Kalapuya Elementary School, works on an assessment test to gauge his alphabet comprehension on Thursday, September 17. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Christy Perry wants to get Salem’s kids back in schools in 2021. But the surprise announcement, two days before Christmas, that Gov. Kate Brown[Read More…]

Path for more Oregon kids in the classroom opens in 2021 as governor makes reopening decisions local

An empty classroom at Stevens Middle School on Aug. 18, 2020 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) This article was updated at 4:06 p.m. Thousands of Oregon students could be back in school by mid-February after Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday that local school districts, not the state, would make decisions about when[Read More…]


Hoping athletes will have a chance to compete, Oregon shifts school sports schedule later in the year

Gibson Hanowell, left, and Leo Elkington, right, warm up during a cross country practice in Bush’s Pasture Park in early August. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter) Salem’s young runners, football, volleyball and soccer players can begin practicing in February, but school athletes can expect a shortened season if they’re able to play[Read More…]

For 50 years, police have patrolled schools in Salem. Now, some say it’s time for a new approach.

A 50-year-old program of police in Salem-Keizer schools has become a flashpoint in local discussions about racial justice as activists who have long pushed for changes to school discipline say people in power can no longer ignore them.   A petition organized by youth group Latinos Unidos Siempre now has gathered nearly 1,000[Read More…]