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Baker School Board balks at goals report

The decision doesn’t affect the district’s controversial new curriculum for math instruction, however

By Chris Collins

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The Baker School Board has declined to endorse a school district report that sets “aspirational goals” designed to close the achievement gap and bring all students up to benchmark standards.

Although the district has submitted the report to the Oregon Department of Education, the board, on a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, refused to sign off on the plan. Directors Andrew Bryan, Richard McKim and Kyle Knight voted no. Kevin Cassidy and Chris Hawkins voted in favor.

The rejection came despite Superintendent Walt Wegener’s explanation that the board, by law, is excluded from being involved in developing what’s known as an “achievement compact."

12% have returned ballots

Slightly more than 12 percent of Baker County’s 9,894 registered voters — 1,221 — had returned their ballots for the Nov. 4 general election as of this morning, Baker County Clerk Tami Green said.

The deadline to return ballots is 8 p.m. on election day.

Ballots that haven’t been mailed by late next week should be hand-delivered to the Courthouse, 1995 Third St., or taken to a drop-off site. 

The ballot box on the west side of the Courthouse is open 24 hours per day.

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