Youth & Education

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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Education
7:47 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Threats prompt closure of Lynnwood school

EDMONDS, Wash. — Classes at a high school in the Edmonds School District have been canceled following threats to student safety.

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Education
3:32 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

K-12 health insurance deal may not rein in costs

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state lawmakers have approved changes to health insurance benefits for K-12 school employees that will improve transparency and help those who pay the most for coverage but may not bring down costs.

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Education
10:27 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Report: State dollars not going far enough for pre-K

A new national report released Tuesday says Washington preschool programs that receive government dollars are among the best in the country. But the researchers also believe too few kids benefit from the $54 million Washington spends on preschool each school year.

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Education
7:18 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Seattle schools to make up 3 snow days

SEATTLE — The Seattle School Board has told the district that classroom instruction is important — and it needs to make up all three days lost to a snowstorm in January.

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Education
4:18 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Western to offer summer classes in Seattle

Western Washington University is offering summer session classes for the first time in King County starting this June. The classes will be held at North Seattle Community College.

Paul Cocke, Director of university communications, says the goal is to help students graduate in a timely manner.

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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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