Youth & Education

K-12 Education
3:36 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Update: Seattle schools sending a message with furlough

An administrator helps a student at Lafayette Elementary School in Seattle. The district has decided to furlough nearly all school staff for a day, resulting in closed schools just before students return to class in the fall.
Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools will shut down for a day just before school starts this fall. It will also close early on a later date during the school year.

Lesley Rogers, chief communications officer for Seattle Public Schools, says asking most of its staff to be gone on the same day sends a message to the state.

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Education
1:32 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

Washington students will have to meet national core standards

State school officials hope the common core standards will benefit the states financially because they will be able to pool their resources for textbooks and assessments.
Shannan Muskopf Flickr

Washington today became the latest state to align its education standards with a national movement. Forty-four states have now committed to what are dubbed  “common core standards” for Language Arts and Math in public schools.

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Teen activism
11:46 am
Fri July 15, 2011

NW teens advocate in D.C. for end to youth violence

Chino Celedon-Perez, a high school senior from Tacoma, is in D.C. with other youths from the Puget Sound region pushing for passage of the Youth Promise Act.
John Yeager World Vision

Teens from Seattle and Tacoma are meeting with lawmakers in Washington D.C. to advocate for an end to youth violence.

They are pushing for the passage of the Youth Promise Act, now stalled in congress. The act would provide communities with federal funding to develop local programs to keep kids off the street and busy, especially after school between the hours of three and six.

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Education
12:11 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

College students: Heavy drinking has its upsides

College students tend to believe that the negative consequences of heavy drinking are outweighed by the what they consider to be the positive ones.
Alejandro Gordo Flickr

“It’s as though they think that the good effects of drinking keep getting better …”

A new study with implications for alcohol intervention programs on college campuses around the country finds that many students believe the benefits of boozing it up outweigh the downsides.

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Japanese Internment
5:27 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Photo collection from Japanese internment camp donated

Heart Mountain Internee George Hirahara (shown) created this darkroom in his barracks in the Fall of 1943 by ordering equipment and supplies from Sears and Roebuck catalog.
Courtesy of WSU

The largest private collection of photographs taken during World War II at an internment camp for Japanese-Americans is being donated to Washington State University.

The more than 2,000 black and white photo negatives were taken by George Hirahara and his son Frank between 1943 and 1945 at the Heart Mountain camp in Wyoming. (More photos inside.)

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Education
9:51 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Deconstruction jobs – not just for literary theorists

Washington workers getting training to deconstruct buildings.
ReUse Flickr

A job training program in south Seattle is giving 130 people a ticket out of poverty with skills in the growing field of deconstruction or the carefully dismantling homes and buildings to preserve reusable materials.

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K-12 Education
8:41 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Class sizes preserved, counselors cut in Seattle schools budget

Despite facing the steepest budget shortfall in the past 3 years, Seattle Public School officials say class sizes will not get any bigger next fall. The district's school board unanimously approved a plan last night to close a $45.5 million gap with considerable cuts to school supports and jobs, but teachers were largely spared.

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Education
2:17 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Running Start students could face financial hurdle next year

Some high school students are expected to ditch the state’s popular Running Start program this fall.

The number of students who take advantage of the opportunity to earn college credit has grown every year since the program began in the early 90’s, but that progress could be coming to a halt.  

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Archeology
8:25 am
Mon July 4, 2011

Fixer-upper in the Dalles yields valuable Chinese artifacts

Excavation pits were jack hammered through asphalt and concrete
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

THE DALLES, Ore. – A fixer-upper is paying unexpected dividends for a couple in The Dalles, Oregon.

The back parking lot of the old building they bought as an investment is yielding artifacts that give rare insight into the lives of pioneer Chinese immigrants in the Northwest.

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Education
1:27 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

UW to pay Baby Einstein co-founder $175,000, plus data

Baby Einstein co-founder Julie Aigner-Clark, framed by a couple of puppets used in Baby Einstein in 2001, said she was stung by a controversy started by a University of Washington study over whether the videos help babies learn or get in the way.
Associated Press

Ever since a University of Washington study published in a major medical journal in 2007 showed baby videos don't make infants smarter, the creators of the Baby Einstein series have been battling the university in court and in the media.

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K-12 Education
8:50 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Fight over education funding heads to state Supreme Court

With lawmakers having slashed nearly $4 billion in funding from school districts in the past few years, arguments are heating up over whether the state is fulfilling its constitutional duty to students.
Associated Press

The state constitution says it’s Washington’s “paramount duty to make ample provisions for the education of all children,” but is it failing to do that? This afternoon, the state Supreme Court will consider arguments on both sides.

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Education
8:36 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Tuition for community colleges going up 12 percent

Tuition at Seattle Central Community College and other Washington community and technical colleges is going up 12 percent.
Flickr

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical colleges voted Thursday to raise tuition by an average of 12 percent next year. That's the maximum the Legislature allowed in the state budget.

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Education
4:41 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Acclaimed UW nursing school struggles with budget cuts

The assessment of a paid outside consultant reveals how the University of Washington's acclaimed School of Nursing has struggled in hard economic times.
Lyndsey Struthers Flickr

The University of Washington’s highly-ranked school of nursing is plagued with low-morale, internal strife and a lack of trust between faculty and the department head, according to a new report.

The report by the Seattle consulting firm MacDonald Boyd and Associates attributed the deep divisions largely to choices made over budget cuts.  The state has slashed funding for University of Washington by more than 50-percent in the past 3 years. (Follow the link to the consultant's report)

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Education
12:23 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Sherman Alexie's book banned from highschool in Richland

The Richland School Board, taking into consideration mixed recommendations from the district's Instructional Materials Committee, voted to remove "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie from highschool reading lists.

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College Sports
2:30 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Seattle University to join WAC

Seattle University
Gary Davis KPLU

Seattle University has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference in 2012. The WAC announced the move Tuesday following a board of directors meeting in Park City, Utah.

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