Education http://www.kplu.org en Wash. High School Teams To Go Head-To-Head At This Year's Orca Bowl http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-high-school-teams-go-head-head-years-orca-bowl <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Garfield High School students will put their smarts to the test to defend their title at the annual </span>Orca<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Bowl at the University of Washington this weekend.</span></p><p>In a competition that slightly resembles the TV game show “Jeopardy,” 20 teams from around the state will try to answer multiple-choice questions about marine sciences, many of them specifically geared toward this year's theme of ocean acidification. Then finalists from Ocean Science Bowls around the country will meet again in May to vie for the national title. This year, it's taking place for the first time in Seattle.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 14161 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. High School Teams To Go Head-To-Head At This Year's Orca Bowl Wash. Students Outscore Hungary, Australia in Math, Science http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-students-outscore-hungary-australia-math-science <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington state students rank in the top 10 for&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">math and science when compared with their counterparts in other countries, according to a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/studies/naep_timss/profiles.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">new batch of test scores</a>.</p><p>Washington's&nbsp;eighth&nbsp;graders tested better than the&nbsp;national average in both subjects. And scores here are higher than those in Ontario, Canada; Hungary, and Australia.</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 06:02:57 +0000 Florangela Davila 10647 at http://www.kplu.org This Weekend's GeekGirlCon Aims to Attract Girls to STEM Careers http://www.kplu.org/post/weekends-geekgirlcon-aims-attract-girls-stem-careers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This weekened, Seattle's Convention Center is getting overrun by&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">thousands of women and girls gathered for the annual</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="http://www.geekgirlcon.com/" target="_blank">GeekGirlCon</a>&nbsp;event</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. But the convention is not just about gaming.</span></p><p> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 00:40:48 +0000 Florangela Davila 10557 at http://www.kplu.org Report: Wash. kids are poorer, but better educated http://www.kplu.org/post/report-wash-kids-are-poorer-better-educated <p style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">More Washington kids are living in poverty today than before the recession, but they are better educated and their health has improved, according to a new report released Monday.</p><p style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">The annual survey released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows the number of Washington children living in poverty has increased to 18 percent, but poverty in the state is still well below the national average.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:15:09 +0000 Donna Gordon Blankinship 9153 at http://www.kplu.org Report: Wash. kids are poorer, but better educated Washington education bills lack response to Supreme Court ruling http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-education-bills-lack-response-supreme-court-ruling <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/030613AKoly_Frockt_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – A single shiny red apple sat atop each desk on the Washington Senate floor Wednesday to represent a day full of voting on education issues. Senators deliberated and passed multiple measures. One would rank schools with A through F grades. Another would make it easier for principals to get rid of ineffective teachers.<p>But Democrats like Sen. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 00:47:00 +0000 Alexandra Kocik 7926 at http://www.kplu.org Washington education bills lack response to Supreme Court ruling Idaho's Hispanic Education Gap Shrinks http://www.kplu.org/post/idahos-hispanic-education-gap-shrinks <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/01/011813JR_HispanicGains_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Idaho is starting to see the education gap narrow for Latino students. That's according to the state's Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Latinos are the fastest growing segment of Idaho’s school system.<p>The commission's director Margie Gonzalez told a legislative panel the days of double digit drop-out rates for Hispanic kids are gone. More Latinos are enrolling in college. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:08:43 +0000 Jessica Robinson 7616 at http://www.kplu.org Idaho's Hispanic Education Gap Shrinks Blind protesters march at Amazon over Kindle accessibility http://www.kplu.org/post/blind-protesters-march-amazon-over-kindle-accessibility <p></p><p>Dozens of visually impaired people with white canes and guide dogs protested outside Amazon.com’s headquarters in Seattle today. They say Amazon’s Kindle e-readers aren’t fully accessible to the blind<em>.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 23:45:55 +0000 Ashley Gross 7347 at http://www.kplu.org Blind protesters march at Amazon over Kindle accessibility National Federation of the Blind to protest at Amazon.com http://www.kplu.org/post/national-federation-blind-protest-amazoncom <p><em>Update: </em>An Amazon.com spokeswoman did return my call after this story aired, but declined to comment.</p><p>Blind people – including former New York Governor David Paterson – <a href="https://nfb.org/national-federation-blind-condemns-amazon%E2%80%99s-push-put-kindle-e-books-schools">are planning to protest at Amazon.com today</a>. They want the company to make its Kindle device and apps more accessible to the visually impaired, especially kids as e-readers start to be used in schools.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 16:54:25 +0000 Ashley Gross 7342 at http://www.kplu.org National Federation of the Blind to protest at Amazon.com Kitzhaber Proposes 'Education Investment' Spending Plan http://www.kplu.org/post/kitzhaber-proposes-education-investment-spending-plan <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2012/11/113012CF_Kitzhabercut_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Governor John </span>Kitzhaber<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> is asking state lawmakers to cap cost of living pay increases for public sector retirees.&#160;</span><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 20:37:04 +0000 Colin Fogarty 7249 at http://www.kplu.org Kitzhaber Proposes 'Education Investment' Spending Plan Opium U? University of Idaho gets big collection of opium pipes http://www.kplu.org/post/opium-u-university-idaho-gets-big-collection-opium-pipes MOSCOW, Idaho - The "world's most comprehensive collection" of opium smoking paraphernalia has a new home; it's at the University of Idaho. A writer and collector, originally from San Diego, donated the exquisite antiques.<p>It's taking weeks to carefully unpack and catalogue all the opium smoking implements and accessories. Collector Steven Martin estimates he donated at least 1,000 pieces... ceramic opium pipe bowls, ornamented heating lamps, traveling kits, scrapers, old photographs and mug shots.<p>Martin is working together with University of Idaho curator Priscilla Wegars. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 17:08:14 +0000 Tom Banse 6485 at http://www.kplu.org Opium U? University of Idaho gets big collection of opium pipes Idaho school bans 'Like Water for Chocolate' for sexual content http://www.kplu.org/post/idaho-school-bans-water-chocolate-sexual-content A school district in southwest Idaho says the book “Like Water for Chocolate” is inappropriate for high school sophomores. It’s banning the book from the curriculum.<p>The 1989 book by Mexican author Laura Esquivel includes vivid descriptions of sexual arousal. Nampa School District spokeswoman Allison Westfall says over the weekend, administrators reviewed the passages after receiving complaints.<p>“I believe they were specifically about the sexual sections of the book. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 03:24:40 +0000 Jessica Robinson 6443 at http://www.kplu.org Idaho school bans 'Like Water for Chocolate' for sexual content Ebbing community college enrollment a promising sign for economy in NW http://www.kplu.org/post/ebbing-community-college-enrollment-promising-sign-economy-nw The latest community college enrollment numbers may hold a clue to what’s happening in the Northwest’s economy. Some two-year institutions in the region are seeing the first decline in class registration since the recession.<p>At the bookstore at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, the piles of textbooks students buy are kind of like a bar graph for the local unemployment rate.<p>And during the recession those stacks got pretty high as laid off workers streamed in seeking retraining. Thu, 06 Sep 2012 17:24:44 +0000 6229 at http://www.kplu.org Ebbing community college enrollment a promising sign for economy in NW Toppenish high principal is national principal of the year http://www.kplu.org/post/toppenish-high-principal-national-principal-year <p>The principal of rural Toppenish High School, south of Yakima, has been named national high school principal of the year and will be honored in Washington, D.C. in a few weeks.</p><p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 17:19:45 +0000 The Associated Press 6228 at http://www.kplu.org Toppenish high principal is national principal of the year Three Year Olds Told To Fight By Delaware Day Care Workers, Police Say http://www.kplu.org/post/three-year-olds-told-fight-delaware-day-care-workers-police-say It's tempting to make a "fight club" reference (and <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/08/21/daycare-workers-accused-running-toddler-fight-club/" target="_blank">some news outlets have</a>), but the outrageous nature of the allegations seems to call for a more straight-forward approach:<p>"An organized battle between two toddlers that police say was encouraged by three day care workers and videotaped has resulted in their arrest and the Dover center having its license suspended," <a href="http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120821/NEWS/308210050/Police-Three-day-care-workers-arrested- Tue, 21 Aug 2012 14:04:16 +0000 Mark Memmott 6037 at http://www.kplu.org Three Year Olds Told To Fight By Delaware Day Care Workers, Police Say For first time, Latinos represent largest minority group in colleges http://www.kplu.org/post/first-time-latinos-represent-largest-minority-group-colleges In a new study, The Pew Hispanic Center says that for the first time ever, Hispanics have become the largest minority group in the country's college campuses.<p>It's a report that marks many firsts for the ethnic group, which has been making great strides in education since 1972.<p>Among them: For the first time, there were more than 2 million latinos ages 18 to 24 enrolled. They reached a record 16.5 percent of all college enrollment. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 00:11:20 +0000 6032 at http://www.kplu.org