Youth & Education

K-12 Education
7:30 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Seattle hopes celebrities and competition get students to school

The school year just started last month and chances are a lot of kids have already missed a day or two of class. Educators say that’s a huge problem since attendance is one of the biggest indicators of whether students will graduate.

Now, some new efforts are underway to get kids to school ... one involves famous people. 

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Education
9:44 am
Fri September 30, 2011

State school's chief defies Gregoire's request for list of cuts

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington schools chief Randy Dorn has defied a request by the governor to provide a list of new education budget cuts. Instead, Dorn sent Governor Chris Gregoire a letter that explains why he told his staff not to respond to her request.

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Education
10:37 am
Thu September 29, 2011

New report details gaps in graduation rates at U.S. colleges

A new study from the group Complete College America says that despite years of increasing enrollments at colleges around the country, the number of students finishing college is stagnant.

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Education
2:45 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Seattle low-income students to get high-speed Internet access

Students who qualify for the free lunch program are now eligible for reduced Internet rates through the Great Student Initiative.
Tom Woodward flickr

The Seattle City Council voted Monday to provide high-speed Internet to low-income students for less than $10 a month. The Great Student Initiative is expected to help 16,000 of the 47,000 students in Seattle Public Schools who are on the free lunch program.

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Education
11:25 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Ted Koppel accepts 2011 Murrow Award from Washington State University

Longtime ABC news reporter and anchor Ted Koppel accepted the 2011 Edward R. Murrow Award from Washington State University Friday night.

When Ted Koppel wrapped up a press availability with members of the news media Friday, some younger members of the press corps gave him a round of applause. Koppel admonished those reporters for doing so; reporters, he said, never applaud at the end of a press conference.

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Tacoma teacher strike
1:48 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Update: Tacoma teachers strike is over

Tacoma teachers have approved a contract that ends their strike with nearly 100 percent of teachers voting for the new deal.

Negotiators had reached a tentative deal last night in Olympia in the governor’s wing where they were called by Gov. Chris Gregoire to settle their differences. The strike was the first for the Tacoma district since 1978 and kept 28,000 students out of school for eight days.

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Tacoma teacher strike
1:50 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Update: Striking teachers, district heading to Gregoire's office

Picketers pose for a photograph outside the MicKinley Elementary in Tacoma Wednesday.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

Striking teachers and school district officials in Tacoma could not come to an agreement by the deadline set by the governor, so they've filed into cars and headed to Olympia to continue bargaining this afternoon.

Gov. Chris Gregoire told both sides earlier today that she wanted them back at the bargaining table at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and if they don't have an agreement by 3 p.m. she would see them in her office.

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Washington State University
12:04 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

WSU's largest gift ever will advance tree fruit research

A $27 million donation from the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission is aimed spurring tree fruit research at WSU stations.
Brian Clark Washington State University

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University is receiving its largest gift ever. The $27 million donation announced Tuesday is aimed spurring tree fruit research at WSU stations in Prosser and Wenatchee.

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MacArthur genius
9:32 am
Tue September 20, 2011

UW faculty member awarded 'genius grant'

Shwetak Patel, a faculty member in the school's computer science and engineering department at the University of Washington has won a MacArthur Foundation genius grant.

A University of Washington faculty member has been awarded one of 22 "genius grants" from the Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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Tacoma teacher strike
9:17 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Tacoma school cafeteria food goes to food bank

TACOMA, Wash. — With Tacoma schools closed by a teachers' strike, district food service workers gave perishable produce to a food bank.

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Tacoma teacher strike
7:16 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

District says it has no plans to replace striking Tacoma teachers

Teachers will remain off the job for the sixth day (with schools closed as well) on Tuesday in Tacoma, where a strike has idled about 28,000 public school students. Negotiations have been continuing late into the night since the strike began.

However, despite the comments of a judge involved in the strike, the Tacoma school district says there is no plan afoot to hire replacement workers for the teachers who remain on strike.

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Education
4:56 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Tim Egan author of 'The Big Burn' says effects still being felt

The author of the 2009 bestseller, “The Big Burn,” says the famous 1910 fire that scored millions of acres in the Northwest still holds relevance for us today.

There weren’t always public lands in America, and there was a time when the Forest Service was on the chopping block in Congress. The future of both was impacted by the famous 1910 fire in north Idaho, western Montana, and eastern Washington.

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Tacoma teacher strike
12:48 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Judge: Tacoma could replace striking teachers

TACOMA, Wash. — A Pierce County Superior Court judge says he's considering giving the Tacoma school district the option to hire replacement teachers for those on the picket line.

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Tacoma teacher strike
9:41 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Tacoma teachers' strike keeps schools closed

TACOMA, Wash. — Schools are closed Monday for another day in Tacoma as negotiations continue between the school district and striking teachers.

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Tacoma teacher strike
8:43 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Striking Tacoma teachers want contract solutions now, not later

Tacoma teachers picketing outside the court room where Judge Bryan Chushcoff ruled their strike was illegal and ordered them back to their classes. The teachers instead voted Thursday to stay out on strike.
Charla Bear KPLU

Tacoma schools will be closed again Friday after teachers voted on Thursday to stay out on strike. Friday will be their fourth day on the picket lines, despite a court order to return to their classrooms.

The teachers say that without a resolution to the basic contractual issues in the conflict, returning to class now would only prolong the turmoil, possibly for years.

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