Why is Medford offering after-school programs other agencies already provided? That's an excellent question the Medford Mail Tribune asks in this story and the answer frankly leads to our headline, "Is this why Oregon K-12 schools fail?".
The diversion of funds from the classroom to pay for something that is not within the mission of K-12 education is an accepted practice within the mindset of the education establishment in Oregon. This is exemplified by the Superintendent of the district quoted in the story who defends this expenditure and illustrates why Oregon ranks nearly at the bottom in the nation for K-12 education.
Perhaps parents and taxpayers in Medford should be asking this: