Coronavirus hits coastal districts, parents say Portland middle schoolers get short shrift: The week in education

It’s starting to look a lot like fall.

Yet the vast majority of Oregon’s classrooms remain empty as the coronavirus pandemic continues. And although some schools have welcomed younger students back into schools, many more are located in counties where case counts are too high to meet state metrics for reopening.

State and local education officials have emphasized the new school year will look much different than any other.

And they’ve been right: From the pandemic to continued protests against systemic justice and police brutality to historic wildfires that displaced hundreds across the state, fall 2020 is among the most news-laden, school-hampering seasons in history.

We’ve got all of that and more in this jumbo-sized education roundup. Here’s the biggest news from across the state this week:

Education stories from the Portland area:

Portland Public Schools is providing only 4 1/2 hours per week of synchronous instruction for its middle

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