Ten Years After Milton Friedman

By Steve Buckstein One of the greatest minds of our era passed away in November 2006. This Sunday would have marked his 104th birthday. Milton Friedman won the Nobel Prize for Economics; but it was his ability to relate complex … Continue reading

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Trust Lands Should Be Auctioned to High Bidder to Benefit Schools

By John A. Charles, Jr. In his recent guest column in The Oregonian, Director of the Oregon Department of State Lands Jim Paul summarizes the history of the Elliott State Forest. He correctly notes that the Common School Trust lands within … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Environment, Gov. Kate Brown, Natural Resources, Oregon Government, Oregon Secretary of State, Rural Oregon, State Government, State Treasurer, Transparency | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Portland Schools Need More Than a New Superintendent

By John A. Charles, Jr. Portland school superintendent Carole Smith announced her resignation this week after nine years on the job. The next steps are predictable: The school board will conduct a national search for a successor and eventually sign … Continue reading

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Children’s Scholarship Fund Closes the Achievement Gap for Low-Income Kids

By Kathryn Hickok Since 1999, the nonprofit Children’s Scholarship Fund has empowered more than 152,000 low-income children nationwide to receive a quality education in private and parochial grade schools through privately funded partial-tuition scholarships. Children’s Scholarship Fund parents value high-quality … Continue reading

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Use SB 856 (2015) to protect Oregon children from harmful OHA and ODE agendas

by Chris Bridgens Oregon Senate Bill 856 (2015) should be used to expose and stop the abusive, unsafe and unhealthy cultural agenda promoted and supported by the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education (ODE) After years of ‘blurring … Continue reading

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OEBB drops $100 monthly fee on teachers for opting out of health benefits

Oregon Senate Republicans Salem, Ore. – Earlier this month, Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) sent a letter to the Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) asking the board to eliminate a proposed rule to impose a $100 fee per … Continue reading

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Portland School Board Schedules Book-Burning Party

By John A. Charles, Jr. The Portland Public School board recently voted to prohibit textbooks or classroom materials questioning the mainstream thinking about climate change. The decision has sparked an outpouring of commentary, with many writers supportive of the School … Continue reading

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