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

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Global Warming | Tagged , | 53 Comments

If Gambling Is a Problem, Who Is Responsible?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Governor Kate Brown opposes a plan by the Coquille Indian Tribe to build a casino in Medford. In her public statement, the Governor said she opposes the addition of any more casinos because “even a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Health & Human Services, Leadership, Oregon Government, Oregon Lottery, Political Correctness, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Washington, D.C. Charters Called a Laboratory for Innovation in Public Education

By Kathryn Hickok Did you know that almost half of Washington, D.C.’s public school children attend charter schools? In fact, our nation’s capital now has 115 charters, run by 62 nonprofit organizations. President Bill Clinton signed the legislation authorizing D.C.’s … Continue reading

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Flexibility Is Key: The Next Generation of Parental Choice Solutions

By Kathryn Hickok Families in five states now have access to a special program called Educational Savings Accounts. Educational Savings Accounts, or ESAs, allow parents to take money the state otherwise would spend on their children in the public system … Continue reading

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Report: State employee salaries rising while K-12 underfunded

Oregon Senate Republicans LFO Report Reveals State Employee Salaries Rising While K-12 Education Budget Remains Underfunded Salem, Ore. – Last week, Oregon’s Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO) reported the average cost for a state employee in 2015, including salary and benefits, … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:52 | Posted in Education, PERS, Public Employee Unions, State Budget | 3 Comments

Choosing safety of schoolchildren over comfort of lobbyists and politicians

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The System Can Work as Intended One of the most important duties of the members of the Legislative Assembly is to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent to best benefit the public. This often involves making … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:39 | Posted in Education, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Budget | 4 Comments

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