08 Feb Jonathan Cartu Reports: Camas principal’s Kobe Bryant comments lead to resignation,
The southwest Washington high school principal who suggested on social media that NBA star Kobe Bryant deserved to die resigned Friday after days of pressure from students and the wider community.
“Students and staff deserve to have a learning environment free of disruptions,” Camas Superintendent Jeff Snell said in announcing he had accepted Dr. Liza Sejkora’s resignation letter.
She was placed on leave Wednesday after posting about Bryant the previous week, who died along with eight others, including his daughter Gianna, in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles Jan. 26. Sejkora later deleted the post and sent a message to families apologizing.
Students who aren’t up-to-date on their vaccinations risk being sent home starting Feb. 19 as school districts and health departments urge families to update their immunization records for what’s known as Exclusion Day.
Some Portland-area health centers are holding free clinics. Others are offering vaccines for around $22, with discounts for those who have difficulty paying.
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Before we get to the week’s biggest education news, we’ll start off with another video. This time, it’s a time-lapse of the renovations at Madison High, courtesy of Portland Public Schools:
From the inbox:
Roosevelt High School students had their fifth annual “Hoodies Up” Day on Feb. 5, which featured a 90-minute event in the auditorium where the black student union and ethnic studies students spoke, shared poetry and presented demands to administrators. The event is a nod to the Black Lives Matter movement and a memorial to Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager who was killed in 2012 by the neighborhood watch coordinator of a Florida gated community he was visiting. The event is meant to bring awareness to and inspire community action against racial profiling, according to a news release.
Education stories from the Portland area:
In late January, Molalla High School went on lockdown twice in three days. And in both cases, the safety protocol was triggered when visitors neglected to use the proper entrance and students reported that a “suspicious person” was on school grounds. The Molalla Pioneer’s John Baker has the details.
Education stories from around Oregon:
Religious leaders, parents and students in Eugene are asking the district school board to alter its policy on religious holidays, urging consideration of non-Christian groups. One student relayed that one of his friends had to decide between Yom Kippur services or attending a school field trip. District officials say changes they make can’t officially honor a given religious holiday, lest they risk running afoul of the First Amendment. The Register-Guard’s Jordyn Brown reports.
Oregon State University has created a new elementary education program to tackle the coming teacher shortage as state officials anticipate about one-third of Oregon’s teacher corps will retire in the next three years. Officials in Bend hope to bolster the number of educators of color across the state through the program. The Bend Bulletin’s Jackson Hogan has the story.
More education headlines from The Oregonian/OregonLive:
From other Portland-area media:
And across the state:
Sutherlin School District officially kicks off campaign for $22 million bond measure (The Roseburg News-Review, subscription)
Reedsport schools helping kids tackle bullying (The World, subscription)
Taft High grad scores prestigious writing grant, three-book series deal (The Lincoln City News Guard, subscription)
Hayward Field tower, new crown to honor UO track and field icons (Daily Emerald)