It's Tuesday! The New York Times has an extensive front pager examining the failing track record of for-profit online charter schools, using K12 Inc. as an example. (K12 runs the Oregon Virtual Academy.) "[A] portrait emerges of a company that tries to squeeze profits from public school dollars by raising enrollment, increasing teacher workload and lowering standards." Just in case you have forgotten -- in the last legislative session, Oregon greatly expanded the reach of online charter schools without any accountability measures.
Last week, the Portland Business Alliance made headlines at the Oregonian with a report claiming that Portland-area wages had fallen faster and farther than the national average. Turns out, that's the opposite of true: "In fact, per capita incomes in metro Portland declined slightly more slowly than national incomes -- and rebounded somewhat faster." The Oregonian has a small correction.
Oregon unemployment is now at 9.1 percent, the lowest rate in three years.