In 1985, Vera Katz (D-Portland) was the Oregon Speaker of the House and John Kitzhaber (D-Roseburg) was the President of the Oregon Senate. Some clever political wag dubbed them “Kitz and Katz.” (It represented the same level of banal intelligence that produced Hollywood references to “Benniffer”, “Bradjolena” and “Jayonce.”) Be that as it may, each had a significant goal in mind while in the legislature and each rode that goal to higher office.
Ms. Katz was the guiding light for adoption and implementation of Oregon’s notorious
standardized educational testing know as the Certificate of Initial Mastery (CIM) and the Certificate of Advanced Mastery (CAM). After nearly fourteen years it was abandoned. However, during that fourteen years CIM/CAM became the playground of the education elites and the teachers unions. As with most new programs implemented by Oregon’s liberal establishment, available and proven national testing programs were ignored in deference to the “Oregon way” which began without a clue and ended without a conclusion. It was an excuse to spend more, work less and devote copious amounts of time to “training and professional development.” It fostered the next boondoggle, the Quality School Model, for financing schools at a level that would bankrupt the state. Continue reading →
In a recent endorsement of Gov. Kitzhaber for a 4th term as Oregon Governor, the Statesman Journal Editorial Board wrote “A key example is how Kitzhaber worked with the Legislature to have a successful, bipartisan special session last fall on pension reform, mental health care, taxes, school finance and other issues — at the same time the federal government was shut down because of partisan gridlock.”
Christian Gaston at The Oregonian expressed a similar sentiment last October after the “Grand Bargain” session. Gaston wrote “Against a backdrop of gridlock in Congress, Kitzhaber can boast that Oregon stands as a national model of bipartisan cooperation.” That was seven months before the same Christian Gaston left The Oregonian to “work for Gov. John Kitzhaber’s re-election campaign.” Continue reading →
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County Commissioner #3 Bill Harvey Benton County
County Commissioner #1 – Jerry Jackson
Adair Village Councilor – Bill Currier Continue reading →
by Cascade Policy Institute Monday, October 20. 2014
By Steve Buckstein
One can imagine that blacksmiths and buggy whip makers didn’t take kindly to the automobile revolution that started in the late 19th century. Those at risk of losing their horse-related jobs likely made the case for resisting the new, glitchy, and dangerous metal machines. We all know how that rivalry turned out.
Today, another revolution is beginning. Just as thousands of years of horse travel were largely replaced within a few decades, one wonders what the future of physical classroom education might be in the face of the online education revolution. Continue reading →
Sara Gelser, the Democratic candidate for state senate in Senate District 8 (Albany/Corvallis), has her campaign face. Candidate Sara Gelser says she will “be a champion for the environment.” She’s getting big support from an out-of-state billionaire who wants to elect candidates who will support extreme environmental positions. Candidate Gelser is also getting support from the Oregon League of Conservation Voters – and they in turn are also getting out-of-state help from their national group.