Corbett High School in Oregon may make college acceptance a graduation requirement

One tiny district in Oregon may go to extreme lengths to make sure its students get into college: by making it a high school graduation requirement, the Huffington Post reports. Corbett School District Superintendent Randy Trani posted a proposal for the new requirement on the school’s website in September. The purpose, he writes, would be to make sure that each student has sufficient choices in the future. “As part of giving EVERY student a choice I am asking the school board to add the following expectation to our student’s [sic] graduation requirements,” reads the proposal. “Students first enrolled in grade 9 during the 2013-14 school year must be admitted to a post secondary degree granting entity in order to graduate.” While each student would be required to get into an institution of higher education, they would not be obligated to attend, explains Trani in the proposal. He also explains that the requirement could not stop a student from graduating, as all Oregon high school graduates are eligible for spots at local community colleges, as long as they apply…

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Using cell phones in class? The Oregon Department Of Education approves

Mobile devices are traditionally considered a nuisance in schools, Northwest Public Radio reports. But a Portland startup is developing a way to turn students’ cell phones into classroom tools. Some teachers and students across the Northwest are using the service. And now it has the blessing of the Oregon Department of Education. It’s seventh period at Portland’s Madison High School, and teacher Kim Kanof is starting her social studies class. Today’s topic is the big fall essay. The students have pencils and paper ready, but they’re not being used. Instead almost every student is on a cell phone, texting. “What I want you to do now is look to your warm up, looking to your working thesis statement, and I want you to text that in,” Kanof tells her class. “I want you to text in your working thesis statement…”

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