View from an Oregon special education administrator: Mental health, behavior, staffing among biggest challenges

View from an Oregon special education administrator: Mental health, behavior, staffing among biggest challenges

This is another story in OPB’s series on the state of special education. You can read the first story here, the second story here, and the most recent story here.

OPB’s series on the state of special education has featured students, parents, and staff members across the Portland area. The series has found that some students with disabilities are missing out on school while staff are stretched thin trying to deal with increased needs.

Education reporter Elizabeth Miller recently spoke with a top staff member at one of Oregon’s largest school districts, Beaverton special education administrator Kelly Raf, about the challenges she sees from the district office.

This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.

Kelly Raf: Special education is a field that is always growing and evolving. We’re always responding to the increased needs that we’re seeing in

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Chatham EMS response times an emergency for Savannah GA region

Chatham EMS response times an emergency for Savannah GA region

Motorists know when they see a speeding ambulance in the rearview mirror to get out of the way.

Seconds count in a medical emergency. The sooner the ambulance reaches the scene or gets the person in the back of the ambulance to the hospital, the better the patient’s chances of survival or of avoiding serious injury.

Yet in Chatham County, EMS is currently in a constant state of emergency. Ambulance response times have steadily increased since 2020, reaching an average of 17 minutes, 30 seconds as of December 2022. Even those in dire need ― life-threatening emergencies ― are waiting 15 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.

Chatham EMS response times an emergency for Savannah GA region

This trend concerns local and state government officials. Meanwhile, the local EMS provider, a privately held nonprofit known as Chatham Emergency Services, is facing a bevy of challenges, including:

∙ A spike in service calls, including a growing number that officials label 911

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Discover the science inside Argonne at our May 20 Open House

Discover the science inside Argonne at our May 20 Open House

Calling all science fans! The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory is opening its doors to the public for one day only: Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Register now for this free event. The Open House will feature a day full of hands-on science and technology exhibits and behind-the-scenes tours of cutting-edge research facilities.

Get up close and personal with Argonne’s diverse scientists, engineers and support staff. Meet with recruiters and find out about jobs at the lab. Learn how many different types of careers work together to change the world.

Visit one or more of our four pavilions. Each will be full of activities to engage you — and your kids — in the questions our researchers work to answer every day, and the science and technology they use to improve lives.

Discover the science inside Argonne at our May 20 Open House
At the Open House you’ll learn how Argonne is helping save
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The forgotten maths genius who laid the foundations for Isaac Newton | Astronomy

The forgotten maths genius who laid the foundations for Isaac Newton | Astronomy

On a cloudy afternoon in England in 1639, 20-year-old Jeremiah Horrocks became the first person to accurately predict the transit of Venus and measure the distance from the Earth to the sun.

His work proved, for the first time, that Earth is not at the centre of the universe, but revolves around the sun, refuting contemporary religious beliefs and laying the foundations for Isaac Newton’s groundbreaking work on gravity.

Yet today Horrocks has been “almost forgotten” and few are aware of the important contributions he made to the field of astronomy. Due to his untimely death at the age of 22, his work was never published in his lifetime and he never gained widespread recognition for his dazzling mathematical achievements.

The forgotten maths genius who laid the foundations for Isaac Newton | Astronomy
The cast of Horrox in costume in the actual locations depicted in the play in Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Photograph: Paul Ashley Photography

“Without Horrocks, all the pieces wouldn’t have been

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Harper College’s University Center adds MBA, two new majors: Harper College

Harper College’s University Center adds MBA, two new majors: Harper College

Harper College’s University Center adds MBA, two new majors: Harper CollegeHarper College students and community members who want to earn four-year degrees have
more choices to do so at the Palatine campus, along with a new opportunity to earn
an MBA, thanks to a partnership with Roosevelt University.

The University Center at Harper College partners with four universities – Roosevelt, DePaul University,
Northern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University – to offer a variety
of bachelor’s degree completion programs.

Starting in the fall, two new bachelor’s degrees will be added – graphic design and
human resources management – along with the MBA program, the center’s first graduate-level
degree offered by Roosevelt University.

The goal is to meet the needs of students as they enter the job market, said Bob Parzy,
associate provost for enrollment services at Harper.

“We look at it from the perspective of what would be something sustainable, that employers
value, and that students and partners want,” he

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