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Photos: Oregon Welcomes Shakespeare Festival’s Newly Appointed Artistic Director

On Wednesday, June 12, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival hosted a reception at the Froelick Gallery to welcome newly appointed artistic director Nataki Garret.

Juneteenth Celebrations Expand Across Metro Area, State

Gresham, Vancouver events join decades-old Portland celebration of the effective end of slavery

Portland Black Pride in June

Midway through Pride Month, there are still a number of events throughout Portland that celebrate LGBTQ community members of color.

Family, Police Seek Answers in Death of Black, Queer Portlander

Otis/Titi Gulley was found hanging from a tree on Rocky Butte May 27

NEWS BRIEFS

Must-See Shows Open in OSF Outdoor Theatre

New shows are Alice in Wonderland, Macbeth and All’s Well That Ends Well. ...

Roosevelt High School Students Earn National Recognition for Resiliency

Students from Roosevelt High School who recently started a storytelling and resiliency-building initiative have been invited to...

Seattle Art Museum Appoints Amada Cruz as New Director and CEO

The Board of Trustees of the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) announced today that Amada Cruz has been chosen as the museum’s new Illsley...

The Oregon Historical Society Presents a Lecture on Oregon’s Enigmatic Black History

Join the Oregon Historical Society for an evening exploring Oregon’s enigmatic history in relation to Blacks ...

Lisa Loving ‘Street Journalist’ Reading

On June, 2, Lisa Loving, former news editor of The Skanner News, read from her new book at Powell’s Books on Burnside ...

Oregon city stops jailing poor who can't pay court debts

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — The eastern Oregon city of Pendleton has stopped jailing people unable to pay fines, a city official said, following the settlement of a federal lawsuit contending city officials were running a debtors' prison.The East Oregonian reports in a story on Saturday that city...

North Entrance Road Opens at Crater Lake National Park

CRATER LAKE, Ore. (AP) — The North Entrance Road and West Rim Drive in Crater Lake National Park will open for travel Saturday morning.Superintendent Craig Ackerman says visitors now can drive to and from the park using the popular route and access spectacular views of the lake from West Rim...

OPINION

U.S. Attempt to Erase Harriet Tubman

Traitors like Jefferson Davis and other Confederates are memorialized while a woman who risked her life time and again to free enslaved people is simply dismissed. ...

Watching a Father and Son

You must have seen this video of a father speaking with his pre-verbal son about the season finale of Empire. ...

The Congressional Black Caucus Must Oppose HR 246

If every tactic that was used by African Americans in the Civil Rights Movement and/or in the fight against apartheid South Africa was either criminalized or attacked by the US Congress, how would you respond? ...

Jamestown to Jamestown: Commemorating 400 Years of the African Diaspora Experience

We are now able to actualize the healing and collective unity so many generations have worked to achieve in ways which bring power to our communities in America, Africa and throughout our Diaspora. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Democrats favor more access to capital for black businesses

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Four Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination honed in on the economic concerns of the black community during a forum Saturday in South Carolina, a state where nonwhite voters will play a major role in next year's primary election.Appearing on stage...

Cross-sports push at World Cup for gender pay equality

PARIS (AP) — Venus Williams joined retired soccer star Julie Foudy and ice hockey player Hilary Knight in the Eiffel Tower to highlight the push for pay equality for women athletes.The trio gathered Saturday night for a forum sponsored by LUNA bar and moderated by Catt Sadler, who quit E! in...

Protesters demand firing of Utah cop who pulled gun on child

WOODS CROSS, Utah (AP) — About 100 protesters gathered outside a police agency in northern Utah to demand an officer who pulled his gun on a 10-year-old child last week be fired.The crowd carried Black Lives Matter signs Friday evening and others protesting the incident, including one that...

ENTERTAINMENT

Aniston to Sandler before kissing scenes: 'Oil up the beard'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it came to their kissing scenes in Netflix's "Murder Mystery ," Jennifer Aniston had one requirement of co-star Adam Sandler."I did have him learn to oil the beard up a little bit," the actress said in a joint interview this week. "Conditioned."Sandler said kissing...

Democratic contenders bash Fox News on Fox News

NEW YORK (AP) — Julian Castro is the latest Democratic presidential contender to follow the trend of criticizing Fox News Channel while appearing on the network for a town hall.The former Housing secretary's scolding of Fox on Thursday for its coverage of Hillary Clinton was mild compared to...

'Gosh!' Cult comedy 'Napoleon Dynamite' turns 15

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The cult comedy Napoleon Dynamite turns 15 years old this month, a milestone for a movie that became an early breakaway hit in today's era of pop-culture geek celebration.The movie created the "Vote for Pedro" T-shirt and made Napoleon's disgusted version of "gosh!"...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Plane landing at Newark airport blows tires, skids on runway

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a plane blew tires while landing at Newark Liberty International...

Hong Kong leader delays unpopular bill; activists want more

HONG KONG (AP) — Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam sought to quell public anger Saturday by shelving an...

Off-duty LA cop discharged gun during deadly Costco shooting

CORONA, Calif. (AP) — An off-duty Los Angeles police officer among three people injured during a shooting...

Knox accuses media of having built false story around her

ROME (AP) — Taking the stage Saturday at an Italian conference on justice, Amanda Knox accused the media of...

Hong Kong's first female leader fights for political life

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam steadily climbed her way up bureaucratic ranks to...

Guam Catholic group protests recruitment of abortion doctors

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Catholic group has protested the governor of Guam's plan to recruit abortion...

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Donna Gordon Blankenship Associated Press Writer

SEATTLE (AP) -- Fewer Washington schools are failing to help students make adequate yearly progress, but statewide test results show many students continue to struggle to meet state learning goals in reading, writing, math and science.
Results released Tuesday showed fewer fifth graders passed the tests last year, and 10th graders showed a drop in passage rates in every subject except science. Both seventh and eighth graders, however, posted improved pass rates in all subjects.
State schools Superintendent Randy Dorn notes that some of the results are mixed because Washington recently introduced new math standards. He also says state budget cuts eliminated some after school and summer programs so some kids are not getting the help they need to meet state learning requirements.
``We are facing a serious budget crisis in this state, but if we continue to cut education, the progress we've previously made will disappear,'' Dorn said. ``The state's paramount constitutional duty is to fund education, and as long as I'm in this job, I'll remind the governor and the Legislature of that every day.''
Preliminary results show 968 schools did not make adequate yearly progress in 2010 -- 332 fewer schools than were on the list in 2009.
The federal standard is measured by state tests and graduation rates. Schools that do not meet improvement goals by subject, grade level and ethnic group are placed on this list, even if they miss only one out of 37 possible goals.
Every state that receives federal education money is required to release this list each August, because of requirements in the federal No Child Left Behind law. Schools and districts on the list are required to notify parents of their status at the start of the school year, which is this week or next in most Washington districts.
Schools and districts that fail to make adequate yearly progress two years in a row are put on the state's ``needs improvement'' list. The longer a school or district is on this list, the more stringent the requirements become.
A total of 1,129 schools are on the improvement list and so are 110 districts.
This past school year was the first time a new, shorter test was given and the first time some middle school students took the test on a computer.
Education officials said they learned a lot from giving the new tests, and at least one lesson was a negative one. The reading test is still too long to give in one testing period and some students struggled to finish it in the time allocated, Dorn said.
Some of the improvement in math and science scores was attributed to the shorter tests, because instead of four days of math and science testing, students are now finishing the two tests in two days. That may prevent burnout and encourage more students to finish, Dorn said.
Dorn again stressed his concern that students won't be ready to meet the new graduation requirements three years from now, when state law requires students to pass both the science and math tests to graduate from high school. Last year, only 42 percent of 10th graders passed math and 45 percent passed science.
Starting next year, high school students will take end-of-course exams in math instead of one math exam in 10th grade. If Dorn gets the Legislature to sign on, starting with the 2014-15 school year, the state will also adopt new national standards and could start working with a new national achievement test.
Dorn said Washington's math standards are similar to the new national math standards and it's about time to rewrite the state's language arts standards so adopting the national ones could actually save time and money.

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