Oregon Department of Corrections considers cutting ties with community colleges

The Oregon Department of Corrections is considering cutting ties with community colleges across the state and proposing to move its education program in-house to address a budget shortfall.

The DOC currently contracts with six community colleges in Oregon to provide high school diploma equivalency testing, or GED services, to inmates across its 14 facilities.

“DOC is proposing that those contracts be phased out and the agency hire back those positions as part of the DOC permanent budget going forward,” DOC communications manager Jennifer Black told OPB.

She said nearly 1,000 inmates were enrolled in the Adult Basic Skill Development program as of Sept. 30.

Black said, historically, DOC had identified “barriers” in contracting with the colleges for its Adult Basic Skills, or ABS, program including “consistency of services and oversight.”

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, contractors were unable to enter the institutions and ABS programming could not be adapted and continued

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Oregon Department of Corrections weighs cutting ties with community colleges, moving education in-house

The Oregon Department of Corrections is weighing ending its connections to community colleges across the state and proposing to move its education program in-house because of a budget shortfall.

The DOC currently contracts with six community colleges in Oregon to provide high school diploma equivalency services to inmates across its 14 facilities.

Department of Corrections communications manager Jennifer Black told Oregon Public Broadcasting that DOC is proposing the contracts be phased out and the agency hire back those positions as part of the DOC permanent budget going forward.

She said nearly 1,000 inmates were enrolled in the Adult Basic Skill Development program as of Sept. 30.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, contractors were unable to enter the institutions and ABS (Adult Basic Skills) programming could not be adapted and continued during operation modifications,” she said. “Converting contractor funding to DOC staff positions will allow the department to continue ABS programming during

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Group that organized webinars where Manitoba education minister spoke has ties to Russian ‘oligarch’

Even as intelligence agencies from around the world are raising flags about Russian interference in Western democracies, Manitoba’s education minister spoke at home-schooling teleconferences last spring organized by a group whose board includes an associate of a wealthy Russian who has been the subject of sanctions by the U.S. and Canada.

Russian national Alexey Komov sits on the board of Global Home Education Exchange (GHEX), the international home-school advocacy group that hosted two webinars attended by Manitoba Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen.

Komov is better known for his work with Konstantin Malofeev, a Vladimir Putin ally and pro-family advocate who has been sanctioned by Canada and the U.S. for funding Russian aggression in Ukraine. 

GHEX says it invited almost every Canadian education minister, but Goertzen was the only one who took part.

“I’m a little bit surprised that the minister would have been involved,” said Marcus Kolga, a senior fellow with

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