Youth & Education

Education
6:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Summer camps: Here we go again!

Tim's daughters Lauryn and Zoe know the drill all too well.

With report cards mailed out and lockers scrubbed clean, it's time to say goodbye to school and hello to summer camps. Many working parents have spent months scrambling to fill their kids' idle time this summer. Seattle writer Tim Haywood can relate to this and all the complications that go with it.

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Education
3:57 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

A teary farewell to Seattle schools chief

Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield dabs her eyes as her deputies bid her an emotional farewell.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

It wasn’t on the school board agenda, but members of Susan Enfield’s cabinet paid her a surprise tribute during her final school board meeting Wednesday. Enfield is leaving Seattle Public Schools this month after 16 months as interim superintendent.

Enfield wiped away tears as a string of her deputies praised her, beginning with Enfield’s number-two, Interim Deputy Superintendent Bob Boesche.

“So my word is motivator. There wasn’t a meeting ever, an encounter ever with you, where I didn’t walk out [feeling] motivated to do my best,” Boesche said.

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Education
1:51 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

UW Regents approve 16 percent tuition hike

The University of Washington Board of Regents has approved a 16 percent tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students.

With the increase, tuition and mandatory fees for the 2012-13 academic year will total $12,401. That's a $1,564 increase. The regents also voted Thursday to allocate 30 percent of the increased tuition dollars to financial aid.

Education
10:49 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Seattle school counselors slam district over cuts

David Bilides, head counselor at Washington Middle School, gave school board members an earful over cuts that have left many colleagues out of work and 37 elementary schools without a counselor.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Seattle school counselors say they’re getting hit harder than ever by budget cuts, and a pack of them turned out at Wednesday’s school board meeting to protest the latest round of layoffs.

It all stems from a change three years ago to how Seattle Public Schools funds counselors in elementary schools. The district stopped paying for them as regular employees, and instead gave schools a choice: use your discretionary money, or let them go. Now, almost two thirds of elementary schools don’t have a counselor, and the district has sent pink slips to a dozen counselors at middle-and high schools.

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Education
12:45 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Bellevue teacher prepares students for zombie apocalypse

Zombie-based learning is the brraaaaaaain-child of Bellevue teacher David Hunter. The inset image is from the alternative history map created by Etsy.
Courtesy of David Hunter and Etsy

So, when the zombie apocalypse comes, where will you flee? Should you hunker down on a remote island or blend into the urban landscape? Will the undead funnel onto bridges and viaducts?  Do they like low ground or high ground?

So many questions … now don’t you wish you’d paid more attention in geography class?

"Zombies" in the news

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Education
5:06 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

No reprieve for Washington schools under 'No Child Left Behind'

Washington’s new teacher evaluation law may be too weak to satisfy the federal government. The U. S. Department of Education did not free the state from the strictures of No Child Left Behind today, leaving Washington schools open to harsh sanctions in two years.

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Education
5:34 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Seattle Central reaches out to military veterans

Seattle Central Student Veterans Association leaders Aaron Scheuerman and Adam Horton helped organized a "Stand Down" event on campus.
Courtesy of Seattle Central Community College

Seattle Central Community College may be well known for Occupy Seattle protests and antiwar activism. But school officials are trying to make the campus more friendly to returning members of the military.

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Education
4:07 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Key Washington lawmaker calls for K-12 pay raises next year

Wash. House Ways and Means Chairman Ross Hunter says teachers and other school employees deserve a raise.

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 5:05 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington teachers are woefully underpaid. That’s the conclusion of a draft legislative task force report. Now a key Washington state lawmaker says teachers and other school employees deserve at least a cost-of-living pay raise next year.

Twelve years ago, Washington voters approved Initiative 732. It requires annual pay increases for K-12 employees. The initiative didn’t come with any funding.

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Tuition hikes
1:20 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Could rising costs put community college out of reach?

"A lot of students have to go one quarter, then stop and work to save up money to go another quarter." Daniel Jean Baptiste
Paula Wissel KPLU

 It used to be if you can't go to a four year school, go to community college.  Now, it's like what are you supposed to do if you can't go to community college?   

  Daniel Jean Baptiste, South Seattle Community College student 

Tuition will go up at the state's public two-year colleges by an average of 12 percent this fall.  For a full-time student, tuition will go from $3,542 to $4,000--a 13 percent increase.

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges voted on the increase to help offset $110 million in state cuts to the community and technical colleges. 

Many students, already struggling to afford school, say it threatens to put higher education out of reach.

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Education
5:01 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Northwest Universities Garner Nuclear Energy Grants

Washington State University’s nuclear reactor in Pullman is surrounded by the school’s golf course. Photo courtesy of Donald Wall

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 3:58 pm

The nuclear industry faces a generation gap. A lot of the people who run nuclear power plants are nearing retirement. Now the Obama Administration has awarded $6.3 million to Northwest universities to help train the next generation of nuclear leaders.

Donald Wall directs Washington State University’s Nuclear Radiation Center in Pullman. The reactor is surrounded by the university’s golf course.

“I like to joke that WSU features probably the only golf course in the world that has a nuclear hazard.”

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What do you think?
4:13 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Latest numbers reveal Washington college students not spared from grim outlook

Graph showing a 300 percent increase in tuition since 1990.
FinAid.org

The dark clouds looming over higher education in the nation and Washington may have a silver lining, but so far it’s been hard to find and the recent spate of news has been pretty bad for college students.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on building in a silver lining, but first the details.

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The Two-Way
9:41 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Maurice Sendak, author of 'Where The Wild Things Are', dies

Maurice Sendak stands with a character from his book "Where the Wild Things Are," in 2002.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 6:33 am

Award-winning children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak has died at 83. He shot to fame in 1963 with his picture book 'Where The Wild Things Are'. He published several more books, including 'In The Night Kitchen', 'Outside Over There' and most recently, 'Bumble-Ardy'.

Family friend Lynn Ceprio confirmed his death. The New York Times reports his cause of death was complications from a stroke he'd recently suffered.

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Seattle schools
5:20 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Anaheim superintendent Banda picked for Seattle schools

Updated

The Seattle School Board is asking Anaheim School Superintendent Jose Banda to lead the Seattle school district.

The district says Board President Michael DeBell contacted Banda Sunday night, and he expressed his willingness to take the job.

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History
11:08 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Rare, once-lost pioneer Chinese immigrant docs go online

This document includes names, dates and places where the remains of Chinese immigrant workers were systematically dug up across Oregon. Image courtesy Oregon State University

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 5:35 pm

SALEM, Ore. - Rare, once-lost historic records about pioneer Chinese immigrants to the Northwest have found a new life online. The digital archive is hosted by Oregon State University. A Chinese-American civic group hopes the document trove can help families locate ancestors gone missing early in the last century.

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Seattle Public Schools
4:39 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Seattle Schools names three finalists for superintendent job

All 3 candidates for Superintendent of  Seattle Public Schools have classroom as well as superintendent experience.   The finalists will be in Seattle next week for interviews.

The finalists are:

Jose Banda, 55, is a former high school principal who now heads the Anaheim City School District, a district that just includes elementary schools.  84 percent of the students in the district are Latino and Banda  is bilingual. 

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