Youth & Education

Education
12:19 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Report: School turnaround mostly failing in Washington

Researchers at the University of Washington say the federal school turnaround program is mostly failing in Washington state, even though teachers and administrators are trying their best to make a difference for kids.

The federal government is spending more than $3 billion nationwide to help districts turn around their worst-performing schools.

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Teacher evaluations
11:24 am
Thu March 29, 2012

McKenna, Inslee together on teacher evaluation law

Gubernatorial candidates Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee are praising a new law that passed the state Legislature this year making evaluations a part of how teachers are judged.

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Universities
4:28 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Pacific Lutheran University names new president

(Video of incoming PLU president Thomas Krise by journalists at PLU's The Mooring Mast student newspaper.)

Pacific Lutheran University has a new president. Thomas W. Krise takes the helm at the private university this June.  He replaces Loren Anderson, who’s retiring.  

Krise comes to PLU from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., where he’s been the dean of the school of arts and sciences. Krise, an Episcopalian, is the first non-Lutheran to head PLU since it was founded in 1890.

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Education
2:37 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

State superintendent gives his proposal for school funding

Stephanie McCleary stands in a multi-age classroom in Chimacum School District. She sued the state of Washington for not fully paying for the education of its public school students.
Donna Gordon Blankinship Associated Press

The good news in this week's new Washington state revenue forecast has drawn the attention of everyone who wants some money for their department or program.

But in a statement put out by Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, Dorn says the state Constitution and the Supreme Court give Washington only one choice: pay for education first.

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Washington State Legislature
5:40 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

New teacher evaluation system passes senate in Washington

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 5:26 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington state senate has approved a new four-tier teacher evaluation system. The bill that passed Tuesday also creates a mechanism for firing under-performing teachers who don't improve.

School kids are graded A through F. But not teachers in Washington. For the most part they're still evaluated on a pass-fail system. But that's changing.

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Politics
12:01 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Charter schools backers still want vote in Wash. Legislature

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 3:16 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Forty one states allow charter schools. But not Washington. Opponents in the legislature recently killed a bipartisan proposal to allow a limited number of under-performing schools to convert. But supporters of the idea haven't given up.

For the legislature it was high drama. A stand-off in the Senate Education Committee. A coalition of five Republicans and two Democrats had the votes to advance the charter school bill.

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Higher Education
1:22 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Money for college getting harder to come up with, study finds

Despite signs that the state economy is improving, finding money to send children to college is still becoming more difficult.

More students received financial aid last year, but even more families aren't getting the help they need, according to a new report from the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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Education
12:37 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Aberdeen paying $100,000 to bullied student

Russell Dickerson III (right) sued the Aberdeen School District for not protecting him from racial and sexual harassment. He will get $100,000 in a settlement with the district.
Charla Bear KPLU

An African-American man who was bullied when he was a student in Aberdeen has won a major settlement from the school district. Russell Dickerson III sued the district in federal court for not stopping his classmates from harassing him throughout junior high and high school. 

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fallen trees and power outages
2:39 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Storm was last week, but still affecting daily life for many

With life returning to normal across much of Puget Sound, at least 24,000 homes were still without power as of 11 o'clock this morning. Puget Sound Energy has the largest number of outages and predicts it will have nearly all its customers restored by Wednesday evening.

The clean-up job is still daunting, and it's affecting some schools and college campuses.

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Snow schedules
4:53 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Update: Seattle schools closed Wednesday

All Seattle schools will be closed on Wednesday, according to Schoolreport.org. Evening activities are also canceled.

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Education
12:03 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

UW has more seats for in-state applicants in 2012

The Legislature is requiring the university to enroll 4,000 in-state freshmen on its Seattle campus this fall. That's 150 more than last year.
Frank Fani Flickr

The University of Washington says it will have more room for in-state students in this fall's freshman class.

This gift for the class of 2012 comes from the Legislature and the fact that UW has received fewer applications from freshmen hopefuls.

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College education
4:53 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Report: Washington falls short in higher education

Education researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have a message for the citizens of Washington state. They want them to know that the state government is failing to meet its responsibility to provide enough opportunities for a college education in Washington.

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Higher Education
3:53 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Some 2-year degrees trump bachelor's degrees for jobs, income

Thinking about life after college: “A lot of young people think if they just go to college and get a degree in anything they’re ticket is punched and that’s not always the case."
o5com Flickr

We've heard a lot of stories lately about the struggles of young, unemployed people with college degrees. A Washington State agency says the reason for that is a lot of students are choosing the wrong majors for this economy.

If they spent less time and money on school, they might have an easier time getting a job and make more money, at least in the short term.

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Education
9:06 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Washington Supreme Court to rule on school funding case

SEATTLE — The Washington Supreme Court plans to issue a ruling today on a major case concerning the state's obligation to pay for public school education.

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Education
1:10 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Dogs, once-homeless kids share a love of reading (and each other)

Kids and dogs enjoy books (and each other) at the Brettler Family Place, a housing center in Seattle’s Sand Point neighborhood.
Charla Bear KPLU

Some of Seattle’s most at-risk students are getting help with their reading skills, but not from people.

Once a week, service dogs lend their ears to formerly homeless children as they read aloud. It’s become a learning experience for both the kids and canines.

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