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Public Education

Much of what passes for journalism in Oregon amounts to little more than reproductions of various press releases. This is especially true of the teacher unions, who find a natural partnership with the one-sided legacy media.

We will feature the best informed education experts in Oregon, discussing real school choice, budgetary impact on taxpayers and how to provide quality education efficiently to all of Oregon’s children.

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