Youth & Education

Education
6:23 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Goodloe-Johnson apologizes for misrepresenting high school rates

Seattle Schools Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson apologized for an oft-repeated bad statistic about high school college-readiness rates. Goodloe-Johnson is seen here in at a school board meeting earlier this year.
Gary Davis/KPLU

It was a mistake that led to misinforming the public, says Seattle schools chief Maria Goodloe-Johnson.  She apologized at last night’s Seattle School Board meeting.  Goodloe-Johnson says she wants to assure the public that changes have been made to ensure it doesn’t happen again. 

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Education
5:10 am
Thu December 9, 2010

New push to help South King County students succeed

Renton High School students working on a recent edition of the student newspaper Arrow. South King County and south Seattle schools are being targeted for improvements to in student achievement.
Gary Davis/KPLU

A major effort launches today to help low-income students in South King County and South Seattle.  It’s a new approach to a decades-old problem – how to help disadvantaged kids succeed in school and beyond. 

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K-12 Education
6:36 am
Mon December 6, 2010

African Americans most affected by low-performing schools

African American students get tutoring and mentorship from The Urban League.
The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

African American kids are more likely than any other students to start their educations in Seattle’s worst public schools.  That’s according to a new report from University of Washington researchers.  Community groups and school district administrators say it means schools are disproportionately failing kids who already face big hurdles to education. 

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Philanthropy
2:51 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Paul Allen gives big donation to WSU for global health

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, right, Scott Carson, center, and Washington State University president Elson Floyd applaud with the WSU mascot "Butch" in Seattle on Dec. 2, 2010.
AP (Elaine Thompson)

Washington State University is getting the biggest donation in its history – from its most famous drop-out.  Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, is giving $26 million, to support the new School for Global Animal Health.  Allen’s donation is just a little bigger than one given by his old Microsoft pal Bill Gates two years ago. 


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K-12 Education
2:41 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Seattle may close another school

Alternative School #1 is a K-8 Seattle Schools program located in the norheast part of the city.
Seattle Public Schools

Seattle is considering yet another school closure, along with re-assigning some students away from popular but overcrowded schools. Closures and assignment changes caused conflict within the city’s public schools over the past few years.  That was supposed to be finished last year. 


But the Seattle Times reports some schools are under-enrolled and some are over-enrolled.  Alternative School #1 is battling to stay open. 

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Higher Education
11:22 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Cornish College names new president

Cornish College was founded in Seattle a century ago on Capitol Hill. Recently the school has expanded its campus to the Denny Triangle/South Lake Union area and constructed its first dorm.
Flickr photo by Rutlo

Cornish College will welcome its first woman president since the arts school was established by Nellie Cornish in 1914.  Dr. Nancy Uscher will leave her position as provost of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and join the Seattle arts school in August next year.

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K-12 Education
1:56 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

Schools superintendent moves to delay new graduation requirements

Seattle students get extra help with math
Seattle Office for Education

This year’s high school freshman and sophomores might have fewer graduation tests to dread if Randy Dorn has his way.  

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K-12 Education
6:20 pm
Mon November 29, 2010

Seattle gets peek at new Families and Education Levy

Kids participate in a preschool program funded by the Families and Education Levy
Seattle Office for Education

It’s been less than a month since the last election, and already Seattle officials are unveiling a measure for next fall’s ballot.  This week, the public will get its first glimpse at the next Families and Education Levy.  

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K-12 Education
11:06 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Seattle Schools okay contract with Teach for America

Seattle School board members (left to right) Michael DeBell, Steve Sundquist and Peter Maier, pictured here earlier this year. The board voted 6-1 last night to approve a contract with
Gary Davis/KPLU.

Teach for America is coming to Seattle Schools.  The school board voted overwhelmingly Wednesday evening to approve a contract for 20 to 25  positions starting next year. Teach for America places top college graduates in underperforming schools.


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Pacific Lutheran University
3:26 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

Electrical fire temporarily closes PLU building

The Morken Ceneer for Learning & Technology, on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.
PLU Communications

Update - Thursday, Nov. 18th,  4:30 pm


This update from PLU Communications:



The Pierce County Fire Marshal has ruled that yesterday's small fire in the Morken Center was accidental. It was caused by a faultycontroller in a heating and air conditioning unit.


 

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Education Reform
10:50 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Seattle debating merits of Teach for America

A Teach for America trainee in a Florida classroom in 2008. Seattle Schools are voting on a proposal to allow TFA corps members in their classrooms.
AP

A full slate of public testimony is expected at tonight's  school board meeting in Seattle.  The board is voting on a controversial proposal to allow new recruits from a national organization called Teach for America into Seattle's public schools.  The program places top college grads – who don't have traditional teaching certificates - in underperforming schools. 

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Higher Education
5:00 am
Mon November 15, 2010

New university shirts clean up sweatshop image

WSU is one of 3 universities in the state that sells new socially conscious shirts by Alta Gracia
Washington State University Bookstore

Showing school spirit for local Universities could give a big boost to workers in a developing country.  Bookstores at some schools now carry a line of logo shirts that aims to do away with the image of sweatshops.

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K-12 Education
6:05 pm
Thu November 11, 2010

High school credit for Seattle's middle school students

Starting this year, middle school students in Seattle could finally get some credit on their high school transcripts, that is.  Seventh and eighth graders who take high school level courses can now apply them towards graduation.  The policy has pluses and minuses for young kids.

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Education
9:20 am
Mon November 8, 2010

Report cards for Seattle schools: grading each building

Seattle Schools will issue report cards on the quality of education at each of their buildings, a move that will reflect the overall quality coming out of this building - school headquarters.
Charla Bear/KPLU

A lot of attention has been focused on improving public schools. But figuring out how schools are doing can be tricky. Some people say test scores and graduation rates don't show the whole picture. Now administrators in Seattle say they've come up with a better system.

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Education
12:31 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Tentative Contract for Seattle Teachers

Janine Knapp leads her second graders at Laurelhurst Elementary in a vote on an art project.
Gary Davis/KPLU photo

     Seattle School officials and leaders of the district’s teacher’s union say they’re putting the finishing touches on a tentative contract.  In brief statements issued Monday evening, both sides say they hope to disclose details of the proposal Tuesday (this) afternoon. Until then, the sides agreed not to discuss information that’s been hammered out at the negotiating table over the past two weeks.

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