K-12 Education http://www.kplu.org en Do we still need to learn cursive? http://www.kplu.org/post/do-we-still-need-learn-cursive <p></p><p>Cursive handwriting may soon go the way of the card catalog and the film projector. Schools are moving to new curriculum standards that put more emphasis on typing skills. But not everyone is ready for the cursive alphabet to become a relic. Jessica Robinson reports the Idaho legislature is considering a statewide cursive mandate.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:38:51 +0000 Jessica Robinson 7683 at http://www.kplu.org Do we still need to learn cursive? Hundreds of high school students ditch school to protest state budget cuts http://www.kplu.org/post/hundreds-high-school-students-ditch-school-protest-state-budget-cuts <p>Hundreds of high school students are rallying at the University of Washington in protest of cuts to education. They walked out of their classrooms this afternoon and marched or rode buses to the University District.&nbsp;</p><p>Students from at least five high schools, including Ingraham and Nathan Hale - and even a few students from Tacoma - have banded together for the protest.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 22:01:15 +0000 Charla Bear 3458 at http://www.kplu.org Hundreds of high school students ditch school to protest state budget cuts Teachers across state to protest budget cuts as special session begins http://www.kplu.org/post/teachers-across-state-protest-budget-cuts-special-session-begins <p>Teachers across the state plan to protest cuts to public schools on the first day of the legislature&rsquo;s special session to shore up the budget.</p><p>Hundreds of educators will rally in Olympia on Monday, Nov. 28. Even more teachers will deliver their concerns virtually.</p><p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 17:10:05 +0000 Charla Bear 3270 at http://www.kplu.org Federal Way says putting more kids in advanced classes worked http://www.kplu.org/post/federal-way-says-putting-more-kids-advanced-classes-worked <p>Federal Way&#39;s attempt to push kids to the next level may have had some impact. Recent results of exams in advanced courses, the school district says, shows more kids did take the tests without lowering the percentage of passing scores.</p><p>Bottom line: More kids in advanced classes + more kids taking the exams and passing = more students who can handle harder classes than they might have taken on their own.</p><p>The district hopes that also means more kids will go to college.</p><p> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 21:00:00 +0000 Charla Bear 2594 at http://www.kplu.org Federal Way says putting more kids in advanced classes worked District cuts yellow school buses for some Seattle students http://www.kplu.org/post/district-cuts-yellow-school-buses-some-seattle-students <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983186.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983186.mp3</a></p><p>When kids in Seattle head back to school in a few weeks, you might notice a lot more of them getting there on foot.</p><p>Some Seattle students who took yellow buses last year won&rsquo;t have service this year. Others could have to wait at new stops, up to a half of a mile away from their homes.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 00:36:15 +0000 Charla Bear 2407 at http://www.kplu.org District cuts yellow school buses for some Seattle students Cash prizes will go to schools that get more kids eating breakfast http://www.kplu.org/post/cash-prizes-will-go-schools-get-more-kids-eating-breakfast <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983098.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983098.mp3</a></p><p>More than 300,000 kids who qualify for free or reduced breakfast in Washington are not eating it.</p><p><a href="http://www.k12.wa.us/ChildNutrition/StatisticsReports.aspx">Participation in the state&rsquo;s early morning meal program is so low</a>, educators and children&rsquo;s advocates have launched <a href="http://www.fuelupfirstwithbreakfast.org/Site/Home.html">a new effort to get schools focused on the issue</a>.</p><p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 23:16:59 +0000 Charla Bear 2389 at http://www.kplu.org Cash prizes will go to schools that get more kids eating breakfast Struggling students have mixed results in Title I program http://www.kplu.org/post/struggling-students-have-mixed-results-title-i-program <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-982182.mp3</p><p>Some students with the lowest test scores in Washington have made big gains over the past few years, while others have fallen farther behind.</p><p>Researchers found <a href="http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=KoberMcMurrerSilva%5FFullReport%5FTitleI%5F080111%2Epdf">a mixed bag when they looked at the Title I program</a>, a federal effort to help disadvantaged kids.</p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 01:05:38 +0000 Charla Bear 2333 at http://www.kplu.org Struggling students have mixed results in Title I program Update: Seattle schools sending a message with furlough http://www.kplu.org/post/update-seattle-schools-sending-message-furlough <p>Seattle Public Schools will shut down for a day just before school starts this fall. It will also close early on a later date during the school year.</p><p>Lesley Rogers, chief communications officer for Seattle Public Schools, says asking most of its staff to be gone on the same day sends a message to the state.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 22:36:22 +0000 Charla Bear 2139 at http://www.kplu.org Update: Seattle schools sending a message with furlough Class sizes preserved, counselors cut in Seattle schools budget http://www.kplu.org/post/class-sizes-preserved-counselors-cut-seattle-schools-budget <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976529.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976529.mp3</a></p><p>Despite facing the steepest budget shortfall in the past 3 years, Seattle Public School officials say class sizes will not get any bigger next fall. The district&#39;s school board unanimously approved a plan last night to close a $45.5 million gap with considerable cuts to school supports and jobs, but teachers were largely spared.</p><p> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 15:41:58 +0000 Charla Bear 2033 at http://www.kplu.org Hundreds of Washington teachers might not have jobs next year http://www.kplu.org/post/hundreds-washington-teachers-might-not-have-jobs-next-year <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-969088.mp3</p><p>Hundreds of teachers throughout Western Washington are unsure if they&rsquo;ll return to their classrooms next year. Many districts have had to layoff instructors to balance their budgets as support at the state level dwindles. Even districts with the most resources are feeling the pinch.</p><p> Tue, 17 May 2011 14:30:00 +0000 Charla Bear 1610 at http://www.kplu.org Hundreds of Washington teachers might not have jobs next year Radiation and climate change drive Marshall Islanders to Northwest enclave http://www.kplu.org/post/radiation-and-climate-change-drive-marshall-islanders-northwest-enclave <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-960537.mp3</p><p>Most schools are used to working with children whose native language isn&#39;t English. In most of the Northwest and the nation, that means Spanish.</p><p>But in Spokane, immigrants from a remote set of South Pacific islands have sent schools scrambling to find translators for a language most of us have never heard of. It&#39;s called Marshallese. Turns out,&nbsp; people from the Marshall Islands are leaving their tropical home for the Northwest in large numbers.</p><p> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 20:35:49 +0000 Jessica Robinson 1104 at http://www.kplu.org Radiation and climate change drive Marshall Islanders to Northwest enclave Seattle schools win math textbook appeal http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-schools-win-math-textbook-appeal <p>Seattle Public Schools will get to keep using a controversial math textbook. An appeals court <a href="http://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/index.cfm?fa=opinions.showOpinion&amp;filename=650360MAJ">struck down a challenge to the &quot;Discovering&quot; math curriculum</a> by a group of parents and local residents who call it &ldquo;mathematically unsound.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 00:22:37 +0000 Charla Bear 1090 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle schools win math textbook appeal Seattle's Families and Education Levy expands goals, money requests over the years http://www.kplu.org/post/seattles-families-and-education-levy-expands-goals-money-requests-over-years <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-960076.mp3</p><p>As schools and family service providers across the state struggle with budget cuts, taxpayers are being asked to help out more. In Seattle, the <a href="http://clerk.seattle.gov/~scripts/nph-brs.exe?s1=&amp;s3=117103&amp;s4=&amp;s2=&amp;s5=&amp;Sect4=AND&amp;l=20&amp;Sect2=THESON&amp;Sect3=PLURON&amp;Sect5=CBORY&amp;Sect6=HITOFF&amp;d=ORDF&amp;p=1&amp;u=/~public/cbory.htm&amp;r=1&amp;f=G">city council is gearing up to put the Families and Education Levy back on the ballot</a>. Voters have renewed it every time it&rsquo;s come up since former Mayor Norm Rice created it in 1990, but some people might not realize how much it&rsquo;s changed.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 18:39:22 +0000 Charla Bear 1083 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's Families and Education Levy expands goals, money requests over the years City panel could soon oversee ethics at Seattle Public Schools http://www.kplu.org/post/city-panel-could-soon-oversee-ethics-seattle-public-schools <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-958263.mp3</p><p>An independent watchdog committee could soon take over ethics investigations at Seattle Public Schools. The move is an effort to rebuild public confidence after an audit exposed questionable spending and a lack of oversight at the school district.</p><p>When state auditors investigated nearly $2 million in misspent funds by school district employees, they say an &ldquo;atmosphere of fear and intimidation&rdquo; was one reason whistle-blowers didn&rsquo;t come forward.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 00:08:24 +0000 Charla Bear 1022 at http://www.kplu.org City panel could soon oversee ethics at Seattle Public Schools Teacher layoff reform bill dies in Legislature http://www.kplu.org/post/teacher-layoff-reform-bill-dies-legislature <p>A proposal to base teacher layoffs on performance - and not seniority - has died in the Washington legislature. The bill&#39;s demise is a victory for the state&rsquo;s teacher&#39;s union, but a frustrating defeat for some lawmakers.&nbsp;</p><p style="padding-bottom: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; font-style: inherit; margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; font-family: inherit; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; border-left-width: 0px; font-weight: inherit; padding-top: 0px">Currently, when school districts reduce staff newer more junior teachers typically lose their jobs first. A bipartisan proposal in the Washington legislature would have changed that.</p><p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:10:22 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 911 at http://www.kplu.org