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On this day, November 26, 2010, US federal agents in a sting operation arrested Mohamed Osman Mohamud (19), a Somali-born teenager, just as he tried blowing up a van he believed was loaded with explosives at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 8:00 am
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82nd Session of the Oregon Legislature Begins
Monday, January 9, 2023 at 8:00 am
The 2023 Session of the Oregon Legislature begins. Legislators are sworn in and bills are introduced.
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States Explore Alternatives for School Year Calendars
A plan is needed to make up the lost knowledge

During the COVID-19 pandemic students have experienced challenges and learning loss because of many factors. Summer break time also results in learning loss.

Some state lawmakers are considering adopting a year-round calendar as a means of helping to address the learning loss. Republican State Senator Brad Hawkins of Washington State is sponsoring Washington SB 5147 which seeks to explore alternative school calendars. Section 1 of the bill states

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created a unique set of challenges and circumstances that have tested the K-12 education system. Due to reduced instructional time, educational inequities, and the inability to access technology and educational services, many students have suffered learning loss and a disruption to their educational experience. As a result, the legislature finds that a school calendar other than that traditionally used by Washington schools may help students to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to prevent negative educational outcomes. By extending the school year or using an alternative calendar, selected school districts will be better able to address the negative outcomes of the pandemic in a flexible and locally responsive manner. It is also the intent of the legislature to utilize federal stimulus funding as a potential source of funding for this program.”

Most students are not served by the current outdated school calendar in place in many states like Oregon. This is an opportune time to seriously consider year round school.

--Celeste Gervascio

Post Date: 2021-02-09 08:33:29Last Update: 2021-02-09 08:44:07

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