Florangela Davila

Lead Artscape Reporter

Florangela Davila  has been a journalist since 1992. For 14 years she worked at The Seattle Times where she covered both news and features. She's been freelancing for KPLU since 2008, reporting and producing as well as helping coordinate the station's "Looking Back to Look Forward" documentary project. She's also a lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. Florangela received her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and her Master's in Journalism from Columbia University. She's been both an arts consumer and an arts practitioner for as long as she can remember.

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driving homeless students
5:01 am
Thu October 31, 2013

For Homeless Students, School Bus Ride Offers Sense of Stability

Tanya Emmels
Florangela Davila

I never paid much attention to school buses until I met driver Tanya Emmels.

Emmels picks up and drops off students without homes.

At a bus depot in Edmonds, she stuffs juice boxes, doughnuts, and chips into bags.

“I know they love these,” she says.

This is how Emmels starts her shift.

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Retaining Teachers
5:20 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

State Grants Aim to Curb New Teacher Dropout Rate

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

With 25 percent of new teachers quitting the profession within the first five years, state Superintendent Randy Dorn hopes the latest batch of mentorship grants will retain teachers.   

Nearly $800,000 in Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) grants will benefit nearly 400 new teachers in seven school districts across the state. The funds will help grantees coach and counsel new teachers and offer them professional development opportunities.

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Education
11:02 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Wash. Students Outscore Hungary, Australia in Math, Science

Washington state students rank in the top 10 for math and science when compared with their counterparts in other countries, according to a new batch of test scores.

Washington's eighth graders tested better than the national average in both subjects. And scores here are higher than those in Ontario, Canada; Hungary, and Australia.

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Education
1:45 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Do Arts Matter? Seattle School Board Candidates Weigh In

Do the arts matter? ArtsEd Washington, a nonprofit advocacy group, queried school board candidates across the state about the influence of the arts in their own lives and whether arts education would be a priority if elected this November.

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crime
4:59 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Sex Offender Who Fled from Canada Accused of Seattle Assault

Michael Sean Stanley
AP Photo/Royal Canadian Mounted Police, File

A violent sex offender who fled from Canada is suspected of sexually-assaulting a 16-year-old boy Tuesday morning in West Seattle.

Seattle police learned of the alleged assault after arresting Michael Sean Stanley on an unrelated charge.

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Election 2013
12:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Three Reasons Why You Should Care about the School Board Race

Why should you care about the Seattle School Board race? Consider these three reasons:

1. Unstable Board = Bad for Students

Research has shown that a chaotic board "will repel all people of quality," thereby negatively impacting student achievement, according to Thomas Alsbury, professor of educational administration and supervision at Seattle Pacific University. 

“When boards and central office leaders are viewed as unstable or chaotic, excellent principals and teachers choose to go elsewhere,” Alsbury said.

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Election 2013
12:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Two Newcomers Vie for Seat on Seattle School Board

Suzanne Dale Estey, left, and Sue Peters.
Photos provided by their campaigns.

Two first-time candidates are facing off in a tight race for a seat on the Seattle School Board. Suzanne Dale Estey and Sue Peters are both vying to represent District 4, which covers Queen Anne, Magnolia, and parts of Ballard.

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Education
5:40 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

This Weekend's GeekGirlCon Aims to Attract Girls to STEM Careers

This weekened, Seattle's Convention Center is getting overrun by thousands of women and girls gathered for the annual GeekGirlCon event. But the convention is not just about gaming.

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Politics
4:43 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Public Urination Ban Proposed in Unincorporated King County

As it stands now, it's not against the law to answer nature's call in public in the unincorporated areas of King County.

King County Council member Kathy Lambert wants to change that with a proposed ordinance.

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Culture of Hazing
5:01 am
Fri October 11, 2013

How Hazing Becomes a Culture, and How to Fight it

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dharder9475 Flickr

A recent hazing incident involving more than 100 students at Seattle's Garfield High School has many wondering how such a thing can become part of a school's tradition in a district with a zero-tolerance policy. 

According to the police report, the victims were driven to the Washington Park Arboretum where more than 100 students and a keg of beer were present. There, they were paddled and "forced to drink shots of hard liquor" until at least one of them was very intoxicated, the report said. Eleven students have been temporarily expelled while both school officials and police investigate.

Seattle Public Schools spokesperson Teresa Wippel said hazing has become a tradition at Garfield High, which has a long history of such incidents. According to veteran psychologist Susan Lipkins, what begins as a benign initiation ritual can easily evolve into a dangerous culture over time.

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student hazing
3:58 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Garfield High Temporarily Expels 11 Students Over Hazing Incident

JoeInSouthernCA Flickr

Seattle’s Garfield High School has temporarily expelled 11 students following a mass hazing incident last month.

The students face emergency expulsion, which means the action isn't disciplinary in nature; instead, its aim is to get students off of campus as quickly as possible to allow school officials to investigate.

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poetry
5:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Meet Mercer Island's Own National Student Poet

Florangela Davila

Meet Nathan Cummings, a senior at Mercer Island High School and one of five chosen National Student Poets.

"It's like a crazy fever dream," said Cummings of having been awarded the highest recognition of its kind for young literary minds. 

 The awards are part of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. They're administered by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Cummings flew to Washington, D.C. last month for the ceremony where he met Joyce Carol Oates and Michelle Obama.

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Business
4:13 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Foss Maritime to Take Over Former Pulp Mill Site in Everett

The old Kimberly-Clark pulp mill site in Everett is getting a new lease on life. Foss Maritime plans to relocate its shipbuilding facility from Seattle to the 66-acre property on the Everett waterfront.

Foss's parent company Saltchuk has signed a purchase and sales agreement with Kimberly-Clark.  

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student hazing
4:19 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

100+ Garfield High Students Involved in Hazing Incident, Principal Called N-Word

JoeInSouthernCA Flickr

Seattle school officials are looking into a mass hazing incident involving more than 100 Garfield High School students at Seattle’s Arboretum Friday night. 

In an email to parents, Garfield High Principal Ted Howard said students were hitting each other with paddles, throwing eggs and drinking beer. Students were also found covered in shoe polish and wearing diapers.

When Howard arrived on the scene, one of the students called him the N-word. Howard is black.

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ferry fare hike
5:01 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Ferry Fare Hike in Effect Except for Small-Car Drivers

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Starting today, it’s going to cost you more to commute by ferry in and around the Puget Sound—unless you have a small car.

Walk-on ferry passengers will pay 15 cents more to sail from Seattle to Bainbridge Island. Passenger fares are going up 2 percent are vehicle fares are increasing by 3 percent to help the ferry system meet its revenue target.

But for those who drive onto the ferry, it pays to have a small car. Cars shorter than 14 feet will receive a discount.

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