The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office last week released footage of the Parkrose High student who brought a gun into a classroom and was disarmed by football coach and former Ducks receiver Keanon Lowe.
District officials contend that the video, which was first obtained by KOIN through a public records request, should never have been released. You can read The Oregonian/OregonLive Editor Therese Bottomly’s letter explaining this newsroom’s decision to post the footage.
Here are some of the other major education stories from Portland and beyond:
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Hillsboro’s Glencoe High School is opening its theater season Nov. 8 with “A Good Farmer,” a story about ICE raids in upstate New York circa 2006. Advance tickets are $7 and $10 at the door. The show is recommended for ages 13 and older because of the subject matter. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and repeats Nov. 9 and Nov. 14-16.
In West Linn, the theater program will kick off its 2019 season with the high school edition of “Chicago.” Theatre Arts Program Director Steve Beckingham said he chose a spate of works that take place in the ‘20s this year as the district to commemorate West Linn High celebrating its 100th anniversary. “These Shining Lives,” a tale of woman factory workers who came down with radon poisoning in the 1920s, will premiere in March. “Chicago” runs Nov. 8, 9, 14 and 16 at 7 p.m., Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance for adults, $12 at the door. The student rate is $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
Other education stories from the Portland area:
Northeast Portland’s newly remodeled Grant High School has a new floor plan for its common areas that encourages students to stick around campus for lunch, closing divisions among the student body that the previous lunchroom exacerbated. The team at Mahlum Architects says that was one of its goals in piecing together the building’s new design. Stephanie Basalyga of The Portland Tribune has the story.
Education stories from around Oregon:
In Amity, a rural community just south of McMinnville, the school district’s computer network was infected with ransomware the first week of October that shut down some system functions and wouldn’t allow administrators to log in. The district will have to rebuild two servers from the ground up. The News-Register’s Paul Daquilante reports.
Linn-Benton Community College must return $40,000 to the City of Albany after city councilors say the college spent grant money on gas and not tools, among other things. The city pledged $2.9 million to the college through its Economic Development Opportunity Fund. The Albany Democrat-Herald’s Caitlyn May writes.
The Smith Family Bookstore, a staple of campus life at the University of Oregon, will close its East 13th Avenue location and expand its downtown footprint. The bookstore, which sits a block away from the university’s Duck Store, will be fully closed by December. The Daily Emerald’s Donny Morrison and Frankie Kerner have the story.
The Philomath School District finished renovations to its indoor community pool in late September, only to have the facility sit empty for a month because the person hired to manage it didn’t have the proper certification. Akari Seiner, who is also the district’s swim coach, will began the certification process this week. The Philomath Express’ Brad Fuqua reports.
More education headlines from The Oregonian/OregonLive:
Optimism, not resentment, rules as Oregon enters version 2.0 of school improvement crusade
Schools and districts on Oregon’s must-improve list
Superintendent says video of Parkrose coach disarming student shouldn’t have been released
California author of how-to-parent book sentenced to prison for cheating to get her son into a good college
Portland, other districts across Oregon seek funding for teachers, construction at the ballot
Felicity Huffman released from prison early in college bribery scandal
Beaverton school closed due to roof leaks on track to open the first week of November
Letter from the editor: Public should see video of what happened inside Parkrose
From other Portland-area media:
DeVos held in contempt of court for enforcing loans on defrauded college students (OPB)
North Clackamas schools superintendent announces retirement (Clackamas Review, subscription)
Teachers’ union reaches three-year agreement with school district (Newberg, subscription)
And across the state:
Sisters school board member resigns after just two years (Bend Bulletin)
Oregon State Police decides to terminate its law enforcement services for OSU’s Corvallis campus (Daily Barometer)
Blue Mountain Community College diesel tech students repair SWAT rig (The East Oregonian)
Overall enrollment low, but kindergarten spikes at Seaside School District (The Daily Astorian)
Former Crook County teacher gets probation for insulting and upsetting students (The Bend Bulletin)