I had two "exciting" stories Tuesday. As exciting as budgets and health insurance can be. Tuesday it was quite exciting. To me, at least.
School districts across Oregon are facing deficits forcing them to cut anywhere from 10-15% of their budget for the coming school year. Jobs, days, closures, programs -- everything's on the table. We got word from a senior at Grants Pass High School that their Board would be voting whether to cut the school's Child Development Center. It's a day care center for infants and toddlers where students get experiential learning and class credit. The program is well-known in the community, sometimes with a two-year waiting list. About a hundred people came to the meeting, hoping to convince the Board to not cut the program. They were successful... at least, for now.
Second: Health Insurance.
Whooo-hooo! Who doesn't get excited about health insurance? Probably the uninsured. And according to my report there will be less uninsured in Oregon. $48 million, in the form of a federal stimulus grant, is coming to the Beaver State to help provide insurance to as many as 400,000 uninsured Oregonians.
I enjoyed working on both of these stories.
Does that make me a nerd? Maybe. But I embrace it.