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Speak up to Support Oregon Students

The Joint Committee on Student Success is a group of legislators tasked with identifying what’s working — and what’s not working — in Oregon schools. Over the next few months, they will be visiting 9 counties throughout the state to gather community feedback about...

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CHIP Gets Short-Term Fix, Oregon Families Still Anxious

The following was published by Public News Service on December 29, 2017. A last-minute deal in Congress to provide short-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program hasn't done much to alleviate stress for states and parents going into the new year. Known...

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Report: Youth in Poverty Will Likely Live so as Adults

The following was published in the Argus Observer on December 22, 2017.  Children in Malheur County are facing obstacles when it comes to financial stability, child welfare and future success. That information comes from annual reports from two state organizations,...

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2,660 Children with Food Insecurity in Columbia County

The following was published in the Chronicle Online on December 9, 2017. Casey Wheeler, Executive Director of Columbia Pacific Food Bank said that in the St. Helens School District one in five students are eligible for food bank services. 30-50 families visit the St....

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3 days ago
Everybody loves a good laugh — especially babies!
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4 days ago
Over 1,000 students are homeless in Deschutes, Crook, & Jefferson Counties. Our rural communities can't wait for affordable housing and homeownership opportunities!
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As Central Oregon's population spikes, so does its housing crisis. Now, those who cannot afford rent make their homes in the juniper forests that surround their hometowns. #HousingRuralOregon
5 days ago
Giving children a better chance of reaching their full potential benefits us all. Instead of slashing our already weakened safety net, we should be investing in systems that prevent poverty and help families experiencing economic hardship.
6 days ago
Legislators are visiting a total of 10 cities across the state to learn about what is and isn't working in Oregon schools. What would you tell elected officials about the schools and students in your community?
1 week ago
"Kids who are supposed to be learning about light waves, radio waves and the electromagnetic spectrum, are instead wondering if they'll ever see their loved ones again."
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Early reading can change the course of a child's entire life. Here are 3 ways that exposure to books and reading impacts development.