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NORTHWEST NEWS

Huge Washington Unemployment Fraud Warning to Other States

Officials hint that hundreds of millions of dollars have been paid out in fake unemployment claims.

Spike in Coronavirus Cases in Oregon Traced to Gatherings

Most of Deschutes County’s new cases can be traced to social gatherings with extended family, like barbecues and celebrations.

Oregon Supreme Court Gives Judge Deadline on Virus Ruling

Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff ruled Gov. Brown's stay-at-home orders are invalid but Supreme Court want explanation

Three-Car Derailment in North Portland Signals Ongoing Safety Concerns

A train derailment in North Portland Tuesday morning resulted in no injuries, but damaged a Lombard Street overpass. It also served as a reminder of the safety hazards of living alongside railways.

NEWS BRIEFS

Oregon Health Authority Investigating COVID-19 Increase at Unnamed Business

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Some Columbia River Gorge Trails, Parks Reopen Today

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Over 60 Percent of U.S. Households Have Responded to 2020 Census

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Federal Court Rules Florida Law That Undermined Voting Rights Restoration Is Unconstitutional

The law required people with past convictions to pay all outstanding legal fees, costs, fines, and restitution before regaining their...

Washington issues new guidelines for religious services

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday that churches, mosques and synagogues can resume in-person services, with those in counties in the second stage of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan allowed to have smaller in-building services and the remainder...

Virus outbreak at unnamed business could disrupt reopening

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Kansas, Missouri renew Border War with 4-game football set

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas and Missouri are resuming their bitter Border War in football after the former Big 12 rivals agreed to a four-game series in which each school will play two home games beginning in September 2025.The fourth-longest rivalry in college football dates to 1891, but...

OPINION

Ballot Measure 26-210 is Needed Now

Though this measure was referred to the ballot by Metro, it was written by the HereTogether coalition ...

The Skanner News May Primary 2020 Endorsements

Read The Skanner News' midterm election endorsements for Oregon, Multnomah County, Portland, and ballot measures ...

A New Earth Day

Happy Earth Day. If we actually mean it, we will elect representatives who will force the military to clean up their pollution ...

Covid-19 Financial Warning: Consumers and Banks Should Stay Away From Payday Loans

When living costs exceed available financial resources, tough times lead to tough decisions ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Mayor: Officer who put knee on man's neck should be charged

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mayor of Minneapolis called Wednesday for criminal charges against the white police officer seen on video kneeling against the neck of a handcuffed black man who complained that he could not breathe and died in police custody.Based on the video, Mayor Jacob Frey said...

False news swirls around Minneapolis officer in fatal arrest

A Minneapolis police officer videotaped on Monday holding a black man to the ground with his knee during an arrest has become the target of false claims on social media that attempt to tie him to political agendas and racist ideologies.Twitter and Facebook posts with hundreds of thousands of views...

US Congress approves China sanctions over ethnic crackdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted Wednesday to toughen the U.S. response to a brutal Chinese crackdown on ethnic minorities, adding another factor to the increasingly stormy relationship between the two countries.The House passed a bipartisan bill that would impose sanctions on Chinese...

ENTERTAINMENT

Larry Kramer used voice, pen to raise consciousness on AIDS

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Summertime, and the living is uneasy for Jason Isbell

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Review: 'The Vast of Night' is a cunning lo-fi sci-fi noir

“The Vast of Night,” a micro-budget noir set in 1950s New Mexico, crackles with B-movie electricity. The film is one of those little miracles: a directorial debut, made for nothing, that establishes a young filmmaker of self-evident command. With atmosphere and cunning, director...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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'Bummed out': SpaceX launch scrubbed because of bad weather

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Larry Kramer used voice, pen to raise consciousness on AIDS

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Denmark residents sue over laws for dismantling 'ghettos'

Stockholm (AP) — A group of Copenhagen residents sued the Danish government Wednesday over legislation that...

French lawmakers endorse the country's virus tracing app

PARIS (AP) — France's lower house of parliament endorsed Wednesday a contact-tracing app designed to...

UK unveils test and trace plan; Johnson refuses aide inquiry

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If you had a room full of parents of public school students and asked them how their district should be using state education funds and what individual schools need, what would they say?

For Benita Ayala, whose two sons attend public schools in Sacramento, the answer is "simple things" – like more janitorial staff and a school library that's open every day.

Ayala says she sees a lack of basic services at both of her sons' schools. She gives an example of one day recently when her son Christopher had to use the restroom, but the door was locked even though the bathroom wasn't occupied, and a janitor couldn't be found to open it; her son finally urinated on himself. At her other son's school, the library is only open certain days of the week, and her son can't always access the materials he needs.

She's also concerned about the current focus on technology-based curriculums, especially in Christopher's case. Christopher has special needs and his class includes children who are deaf and non-verbal, and she points out that the existing technology in the classroom is antiquated.

"How are they going to access that [kind of] curriculum?" she says. "We need to allocate funds more in developing educators that can relate better to different kinds of special needs."

At a community forum in Sacramento last week organized by The California Endowment, a health foundation, as part of what it's calling the School Success Express Tour, parents met with state and local education officials to give their input on how money should be spent in their school districts. The forums are being held in 12 cities around the state.

Over the next eight years in California, education spending will increase by $18 billion, and under the state's new Fair School Funding law (also known as the Local Control Funding Formula), schools and parents have more say in how the budget increases will be spent.

Erin Kelly Rivera of Elk Grove, whose son Morgan has been bullied at school, thinks that money needs to be spent on counselors and staff training so that teachers know how to deal with bullying.

When Morgan was in third grade (he is now in fifth), he was being threatened repeatedly by some other children. He told his teachers and the adults on yard duty, but "they failed to do anything," Rivera says. "He said nobody was listening."

One day, Morgan left the school property because he was scared of the kids who were bullying him. At the time, he was eight years old. The school responded by deciding to suspend him for three days; the suspension was rescinded when the family went to the local media with the story.

Rivera says that in the time since the incident, the school hasn't done much to help her son. He's still having a hard time socially. "He feels like he's not good enough," she says. "He says, 'People don't want to come near me.'"

"The school district needs to do more. When kids bully, it needs to be handled differently. There needs to be counseling for the victim and for the bully," says Rivera.

Nicole Brock, who works for St. John's Shelter Program for Women and Children in Sacramento, came to the meeting on behalf of the single mothers that the program serves. Her main concern is school buses.

The mothers who live in St. John's transitional housing while completing an employment readiness program used to send their children to an elementary school around the corner from the housing complex, says Brock. But to cut costs, Sacramento Unified has recently closed several elementary schools, including the school that was nearby. Now those kids attend an elementary school that takes over 20 minutes to walk to.

"There's no school bus for the kids at the complex," says Brock. The children are young and must be accompanied on the walk, and the 40-minute round trip would cause their mothers to miss the shuttle to their employment program.

Brock echoes Benita Ayala's concern about focusing on technology while basic needs aren't being met. "We have to get the kids to school before we get them iPads. If we can't get them to school, that's a problem," she says.

The next community forum will be in East Oakland on October 21. For the complete schedule, visit TCE's website.

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