Sure, there is a lack of high-quality jobs. Eastern Oregon is losing young people to the big cities. Community vitality could be, well, more vital in these days when the recession is disappearing not quick enough in the rear-view mirror.
At a time of heightened concern about U.S. immigration policy and the failure of Congress to enact meaningful immigration reform, it may seem at face value that it would be beneficial to allow undocumented immigrants the privilege of driving.
There’s no question that Common Core remains a polarizing topic both here in Northeast Oregon and across the nation.
And rightfully so. The standards, which are intended to ensure that students graduate from high school prepared to do college-level work, were not crafted overnight. They are a major improvement over previous standards in most states, but they remain a work in progress.