Eugene School District unrings high school bell proposal

A high school bell schedule that runs from 9:05 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. is no longer an option on the table as a potential Eugene district schedule change for the 2018-19 school year.

Eugene School Board Chair Eileen Nittler announced to a crowd of about 50 people at a class schedule forum Wednesday that the board had heard “loud and clear” from the community that a 4:10 p.m. high school release time is not something they should pursue.

“We heard from the community that it’s not something they want, so we’re not going to do it,” Nittler said.

Exactly what time high schools in the district will start and end their school day has not been decided, but Nittler said the community responded with a number of concerns about the later start time and end time, including after-school sports, clubs, transportation problems, child care conflicts and concern about students getting enough sleep among other things. Read more…

Climbing school-reform’s Everest

OPINION – Register Guard

A stubborn obstacle to efforts to improve Oregon’s education system is that people think they know what schools are like — everyone once attended school, and many have children or grandchildren enrolled now. That makes everyone an expert, and experts don’t need to listen to others.

But schools today are different than they were a generation ago, or even five years ago. So are the social, political and economic contexts surrounding public education. And anyone who imagines that their children or grandchildren are giving them a complete picture of what’s going on in their schools understands neither young people nor schools.

The difficult job of setting aside outdated or misinformed ideas about the current state of Oregon’s schools begins with a willingness to listen. For that reason, it’s encouraging that the state Legislature’s latest effort to come up with an education reform plan is starting with a statewide listening tour. The first stop was in Lane County on March 26. Read more…