2017 PERS rate increases: Growing cost to Oregon schools

Sen. Tim Knopp PERS rates projected to almost double in next 9 years Salem, Ore. – Last week, Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) responded to the adoption of 2017 Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) advisory rates estimated to cost school districts … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:38 | Posted in Education, Oregon Senate, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget | 11 Comments

That “old technocratic central planning impulse” is alive and well in Oregon

By Steve Buckstein One of the most memorable and talked about lines from the November 10th Republican presidential debate came from Senator Marco Rubio, who said, “For the life of me, I don’t know why we have stigmatized vocational education. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, 2016 Presidential Election, Economy, Education, Employment, Federal Government, Oregon Government, Progressivism, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Educational Savings Accounts: The “Smartphones” of Parental Choice

By Kathryn Hickok Yesterday the Senate Interim Education Committee of the Oregon Legislature held an informational hearing on Educational Savings Accounts, or ESAs. The focus of the hearing was the recently passed ESA legislation from Nevada, which will make 93% … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Education, Oregon Government, Oregon Senate, State Government | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Kate Brown’s failing leadership

Bud Pierce for Governor And some wonder why the public is fed up with career politicians who say one thing and do another. In the case of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s position on statewide tests—do one thing and say another? … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Education, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber | 12 Comments

Washington’s War on Millennials

By Jared Meyer Tens of millions of Americans are between the ages of 18 and 30, and achieving success will be more difficult for these so-called Millennials than it was for young people in the past. This is because politicians … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Employment, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership, Liberalism, Life, Obamacare, Right-to-Work | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

How Would You Spend $100 Million?

By Steve Buckstein How would you spend $100 million? If you’re Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the most successful social network on the planet, you spend it trying to improve one of the most unsuccessful public school districts in America: the … Continue reading

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TeachersPayTeachers Creates Learning Entrepreneurs

By Steve Buckstein The debate over the sharing economy often revolves around the well-known players such as the room rental company Airbnb and the ridesharing company Uber. These firms have harnessed the liberating power of technology to unleash billions of … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Free Trade | Tagged , , , , , | 15 Comments

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