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Jeremy Christian Guilty of Killing 2 Who Tried to Stop His Slurs on Max

Today jurors found Christian guilty of the May 26, 2017 stabbing deaths of Taliesin Namkai-Meche and Ricky Best

States Step Up Funding for Planned Parenthood Clinics

A spokesman for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon said the agency has been "working closely with state officials to create critical backstops and protect access to care for all Oregonians who need it, regardless of federal action on Title X"

Oregon Denies Permit for Pipeline Before Federal Decision

Oregon's Department of Land Conservation and Development says a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Coos Bay would have significant adverse effects on the state's coastal scenic and aesthetic resources, endangered species and critical habitat

Rep. Blumenauer Joined by Sens. Markey, Sanders, and Warren to Introduce Bill to Hold Big Oil Companies Accountable

"Amidst the growing climate emergency, closing this loophole is a small step we must take to hold Big Oil accountable and to protect our communities," said Blumenauer. 


African American Initiative Breast Cancer Survivor Celebration to be Held Saturday

Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington celebrate breast cancer survivors in the African American community with a free gala this...

Dr. Karin Edwards Named New President of Clark College

Board of Trustees names Dr. Karin Edwards as the college’s 15th leader in its 87-year history ...

OneUnited Bank Launches New Limited-Edition Harriet Tubman Card

OneUnited Bank, the largest Black-owned bank in America, introduces the new limited-edition Harriet Tubman Card in celebration of...

Oregon House Votes to End Driver’s License Suspensions for Failure to Pay Fines

Bipartisan Vote Underscores Consensus for Reforms, Makes Way for Senate Action ...

Black History Month 2020: “African Americans and the Vote”

In our celebration of Black History Month 2020, the DPO Black Caucus looks forward to the screening of the award-winning documentary,...

Companies altered road test results given to Idaho agency

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Companies that are responsible for checking the quality of Idaho’s road materials have altered the results of their asphalt tests thousands of times, government documents show. Those changes may have allowed contractors that repair and build Idaho’s highway...

University lab cited for animal welfare violations in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon Health & Science University laboratory was cited for violating animal welfare laws after five prairie voles died of thirst, federal inspectors said.The U.S. Department of Agriculture also cited the university after a person risked contaminating surgical...


Black America is Facing a Housing Crisis

As the cost of housing soars the homeless population jumps 12 percent, the number of people renting grows and homeownership falls ...

Trump Expands Muslim Ban to Target Africans

Under the new ban on countries, four out of five people who will be excluded are Africans ...

Martin Luther King Day is an Opportunity for Service

Find out where you can volunteer and make a difference to the community ...

Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

Ronald Reagan, who turned his back on organized labor and started America’s middle-class into a tailspin, has recently been voted by this administration’s NLRB into the Labor Hall of Fame ...


Aalst Carnival again has Jewish stereotypes in its parade

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Aalst Carnival opened with a parade Sunday which again included some stereotypical depictions of Jews despite warnings from organizers to avoid any anti-Semitic images in the wake of last year's scandal. The Carnival was kicked off the United Nations' UNESCO heritage list...

Sanders wins Nevada caucuses, takes national Democratic lead

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bernie Sanders scored a commanding victory in Nevada’s presidential caucuses, cementing his status as the Democrats' national front-runner but escalating tensions over whether he’s too liberal to defeat President Donald Trump. Joe Biden was a distant second,...

Moscow targets Chinese with raids amid virus fears

MOSCOW (AP) — Bus drivers in Moscow kept their WhatsApp group chat buzzing with questions this week about what to do if they spotted passengers who might be from China riding with them in the Russian capital.“Some Asian-looking (people) have just got on. Probably Chinese. Should I...


'West Side Story' opening draws protesters on Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — There was a chorus outside the Broadway Theatre on Thursday at the opening night of a new revival of “West Side Story” but what was being sung was a protest chant.A group of about 100 people demanded the removal of cast member Amar Ramasar, who was fired and...

Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' readies for Garden visit

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Kyle Scatliffe has gone to Madison Square Garden plenty of times — for a Rangers game, a Muse concert and a WWE event. Next week, he's going back again, but this time he won't be in the seats.Scatliffe on Wednesday will be starring in the hit Broadway play...

OWN's 'Cherish the Day' is a rare celebration of black love

LOS ANGELES (AP) — To separate filmmaker and TV producer Ava DuVernay’s trenchant, history-driven projects, including “Selma” and “When They See Us,” from her new romantic drama series is to sell short the determined thoughtfulness that shapes all her...


Zamboni driver, 42, gets win as emergency goalie for 'Canes

TORONTO (AP) — David Ayres was sitting in the stands with his wife at Scotiabank Arena when Carolina...

Self-styled daredevil dies in crash after rocket launch

BARSTOW, Calif. (AP) — A self-styled daredevil died Saturday after a rocket in which he launched himself...

Michigan sex-misconduct claims mirror Ohio State doctor case

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — When the University of Michigan announced last week that allegations of decades-old...

Germany's Hamburg city in elections marked by climate issues

BERLIN (AP) — Voters in Hamburg, Germany's second-biggest city, go to the polls Sunday to pick a new...

Pope cautions against 'unfair' Middle East peace plans

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has cautioned against “unfair” solutions aimed at ending the...

German, Dutch carnival parades called off due to weather

BERLIN (AP) — Several cities in western Germany canceled their traditional carnival parades at short notice...

By The Skanner News

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court has ruled that California illegally classified interns as "highly qualified" teachers and assigned them to schools in low-income and minority areas.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in favor of low-income families from Richmond, Hayward and Los Angeles who claimed the state was dumping uncredentialed teachers on their schools.
A Bush administration policy adopted by a California commission held that interns on track to receive teaching certification could count as "highly qualified."
The court found that those policies violated the federal No Child Left Behind law, which requires teachers have full state certification to teach core subjects.
"This is a tremendous victory for the millions of students across the country that are disproportionately taught every day by teachers with very little training," said John Affeldt, managing attorney at Public Advocates Inc., a public interest group representing the plaintiffs.
Evidence cited by the court showed that 62 percent of the interns teach in the poorest half of California schools. Plaintiffs also presented evidence that more than half of California's interns are teaching in schools that are at least 90 percent students of color.
The court's 2-1 decision reversed its own earlier ruling, which found the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue.
The decision does not mean that the 10,000 intern teachers in California will be immediately removed from the classroom, Affeldt said. But he said the state will be forced to adjust its policies to ensure that teachers who meet the court's stricter definition of "highly qualified" are more evenly distributed.
Affeldt said how long it would take before the changes demanded by the court were visible in classrooms depends on how effectively the state could recruit teachers that meet the tougher standard.
"I think it's going to be a longer-term state constitutional and fiscal discussion about what we need to do to support districts and schools to get teachers where we need them," Affeldt said. "But this is certainly good pressure."
State department of education spokeswoman Hilary McLean said state school superintendent Jack O'Connell applauded the attention the lawsuit brought to the need for effective teachers for all students. But she said the ruling would not likely result in big changes on the makeup of teachers in California classrooms.
"Over the last several years our department has been working closely with districts to reduce their reliance on interns," McLean said. During the 2008-09 school year, the last year for which data was available, about 1.6 percent of California teachers were interns, she said.
The total overall number of underprepared teachers has dropped dramatically over the past decade, said John Rogers, director of the Institute for Democracy, Education and Access. But schools that serve the highest proportion of African-American and Latino students still have the least access to high-quality teachers, he said.
The number of interns in the school system jumped during a push in the late 1990s to reduce public school class sizes, McLean said. She called the state's budget crisis a major obstacle to recruiting new teachers.
"The pipeline is siphoning off because prospective teachers are being dissuaded from entering the profession when they see teachers laid off," she said.
Rogers said retaining certified teachers also remains a particular challenge to schools that serve low-income students.
Those schools have had difficulty maintaining conditions that Rogers said teachers have told researchers are key to keeping them on the job: supportive and effective principals, well-kept school facilities and the needed tools for teaching and learning.
Fixing teacher disparities in California schools will take more than stripping interns of "highly qualified" status," Rogers said.
"Just by saying you can't do this anymore is not enough alone," he said. "There will need to be a series of policy responses that will ensure an equitable distribution of teachers."


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