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Earlier this year Northwest Health Foundation and Meyer Memorial Trust held an “Equity Illustrated” contest to help move toward a more equitable Oregon by asking “How would you illustrate equity to help your fellow Oregonians understand?”. Recently the winners were announced; three adult entries and one youth. You can see the winning illustrations by going to the Northwest Health Foundation website here.
By SAMANTHA TIPLER For the Herald and News
Source: ECOnorthwest Analysis/ODE Data
Percentage of Students Chronically Absent by Grade Level
Oregon has one of the highest rates of chronic absenteeism in the country, with one in five students routinely missing 10 percent of the school days. In a 180-day school year, that means missing 18 days, or nearly three weeks of school.
“What is unique about this report is that it is a purposeful examination of our system through the eyes and experiences of students most likely to be chronically absent,” it reads. “The voices of these students, and their families, collectively give policy makers and educators a lens to view all of our current assumptions and understandings in a new light.”
3. Increase diversity in the educator workforce
Press Release: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Communications & Outreach, Press Office
State and local spending on prisons and jails has increased at triple the rate of funding for public education for preschool through grade (P-12) education in the last three decades, a new analysis by the U.S. Department of Education found.
Released today, the report, Trends in State and Local Expenditures on Corrections and Education, notes that even when population changes are factored in, 23 states increased per capita spending on corrections at more than double the rate of increases in per-pupil P-12 spending. Seven states—Idaho, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia—increased their corrections budgets more than five times as fast as they did their allocations for P-12 public education. The report also paints a particularly stark picture of higher education spending across the country at a time when postsecondary education matters more than ever. Since 1990, state and local spending on higher education has been largely flat while spending on corrections has increased 89 percent.
“Budgets reflect our values, and the trends revealed in this analysis are a reflection of our nation’s priorities that should be revisited,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. “For far too long, systems in this country have continued to perpetuate inequity. We must choose to make more investments in our children’s future. We need to invest more in prevention than in punishment, to invest more in schools, not prisons.”
The report sheds light on the connection between educational attainment and incarceration. The United States has only 5 percent of the world’s population yet more than 20 percent of the world’s incarcerated population. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, two-thirds of state prison inmates have not completed high school. One study also shows young black men between the ages of 20 and 24 who do not have a high school diploma or an equivalent credential have a greater chance of being incarcerated than employed. Researchers have estimated that a 10 percent increase in high school graduation rates results in a 9 percent decline in criminal arrest rates.
The report comes after former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan last September called on states and communities to invest in teachers rather than prisons by finding alternative paths for non-violent offenders outside of incarceration. The $15 billion that could be saved by finding alternate paths to incarceration for just half of non-violent offenders is enough to give a 50 percent raise to every teacher and principal working in the highest-need schools and communities across the country.
Key findings from the report include:
To read the full report released today, click here.
Council on Educator Advancement takes a break from reviewing educator responses on 2016 TELL Survey to take group photo.
#STEMWeekOregon is going strong!
In the Frontier STEM Hub, Alameda Elementary School students are participating in H2O Explorations, water safety, and going on a virtual field trip. Meanwhile Vale High School students are presenting a self-created rollercoaster model to an Idaho theme park, while other students practice crash test reconstruction with the Malheur County Sheriffs Department and Oregon State Police.
In Central STEM Hub at the Cove Palisades Park, local students are creating wetlands, a monarch butterfly weigh station, and restoring a paddle wheel to create electricity for the park!
Tag your activities for STEM week by posting with #STEMWeekOregon.