Youth & Education

Education
7:01 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Report: Wash. Students Among Top 5 in U.S. in Math, Reading

Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Washington state’s fourth and eighth graders are among the best in the country when it comes to reading and math, according to the Nation’s Report Card released by the National Assessment for Education Progress Thursday.

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Early Education
2:07 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

16 More Seattle Schools Now Offering Free All-Day Kindergarten

In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, Christopher Larry, Jr., right, reacts to winning a letter bingo game as Joel McCain looks on in their kindergarten classroom at Campbell Hill Elementary in Renton, Wash.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

An additional 770 kindergarteners can now attend school for free as a result of Seattle Public Schools’ decision to offer free all-day kindergarten at 16 more schools.

The change took effect Nov.1, but it is retroactive to Sept. 4, meaning families will get refunds for September and October.

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Retaining Teachers
5:20 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

State Grants Aim to Curb New Teacher Dropout Rate

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

With 25 percent of new teachers quitting the profession within the first five years, state Superintendent Randy Dorn hopes the latest batch of mentorship grants will retain teachers.   

Nearly $800,000 in Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) grants will benefit nearly 400 new teachers in seven school districts across the state. The funds will help grantees coach and counsel new teachers and offer them professional development opportunities.

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Education
11:02 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Wash. Students Outscore Hungary, Australia in Math, Science

Washington state students rank in the top 10 for math and science when compared with their counterparts in other countries, according to a new batch of test scores.

Washington's eighth graders tested better than the national average in both subjects. And scores here are higher than those in Ontario, Canada; Hungary, and Australia.

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Education
1:45 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Do Arts Matter? Seattle School Board Candidates Weigh In

Do the arts matter? ArtsEd Washington, a nonprofit advocacy group, queried school board candidates across the state about the influence of the arts in their own lives and whether arts education would be a priority if elected this November.

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Education
5:40 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

This Weekend's GeekGirlCon Aims to Attract Girls to STEM Careers

This weekened, Seattle's Convention Center is getting overrun by thousands of women and girls gathered for the annual GeekGirlCon event. But the convention is not just about gaming.

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Culture of Hazing
5:01 am
Fri October 11, 2013

How Hazing Becomes a Culture, and How to Fight it

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dharder9475 Flickr

Listen to the full interview with psychologist Susan Lipkins.

A recent hazing incident involving more than 100 students at Seattle's Garfield High School has many wondering how such a thing can become part of a school's tradition in a district with a zero-tolerance policy. 

According to the police report, the victims were driven to the Washington Park Arboretum where more than 100 students and a keg of beer were present. There, they were paddled and "forced to drink shots of hard liquor" until at least one of them was very intoxicated, the report said. Eleven students have been temporarily expelled while both school officials and police investigate.

Seattle Public Schools spokesperson Teresa Wippel said hazing has become a tradition at Garfield High, which has a long history of such incidents. According to veteran psychologist Susan Lipkins, what begins as a benign initiation ritual can easily evolve into a dangerous culture over time.

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Education funding
1:30 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

State Schools Superintendent Proposes Taxes for Education

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Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Washington schools chief Randy Dorn says the time has come to raise taxes to increase funding for public education. And he’s prepared to lead the fight.

Dorn styles himself as a bit of a maverick. He says his job is to make adults uncomfortable. He recently gave the legislature a grade of “incomplete” for its first down payment on a Supreme Court decision that says Washington is not adequately funding public schools.

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climate change
10:06 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Gonzaga President Signs Pledge for Environmental Stewardship

Dena Michele Rosko Flickr

Gonzaga University has joined the official Catholic movement in support of environmental stewardship.

On Monday, Gonzaga University President Thayne McCulloh and the president of Gonzaga Preparatory high school both signed the St. Francis Pledge.

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student hazing
3:58 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Garfield High Temporarily Expels 11 Students Over Hazing Incident

JoeInSouthernCA Flickr

Seattle’s Garfield High School has temporarily expelled 11 students following a mass hazing incident last month.

The students face emergency expulsion, which means the action isn't disciplinary in nature; instead, its aim is to get students off of campus as quickly as possible to allow school officials to investigate.

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low-income students
5:01 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Summit Focus on Feeding Low-Income Students on Weekends

Toby Talbot AP Photo

Schools feed low-income children breakfast and lunch during the week. But what about on the weekends?

That’s the subject of a backpack summit taking place in Seattle today. The goal is to figure out how to send kids home with backpacks filled with food on Fridays so they can start their week at school, ready to learn.

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growth boundary map
5:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Seattle Schools Taking Public Input on Proposed Map Change

Seattle Public Schools

Where should Seattle children go to school? That’s the question Seattle Public Schools is hoping to answer as it redraws the school assignment map.

But before the district makes its final proposal, it wants to hear what parents have to say. The district is holding two more community meetings tonight and tomorrow night. It is also taking community input online. 

Diana Bodwin, who lives in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood, says she had expected to enroll her 4-year-old son, Teddy, in what she thought was her neighborhood school, Maple Elementary School. But under the district's proposals, Georgetown children would be assigned to Van Asselt Elementary School, which is farther south.

"We know Maple. We know that we feel connected to it, and we were prepared for it. And we had a good experience and good recommendations from parents who had been there," said Bodwin.

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bullying
3:35 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

North Idaho Schools Launch Effort to Change Bullying Culture

Some parents have complained about bullying going un-checked in Coeur d'Alene schools.
Jessica Robinson

A north Idaho school district is launching a campaign to curb bullying.

School officials in Coeur d’Alene announced Wednesday the effort includes curriculum changes and focus groups with a cross section of student cliques. It’s a response to a spate of recent complaints from parents and students.

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Education
6:22 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Teachers Strike at Bellingham Technical College

Members of the Bellingham Education Association walk the picket line at Bellingham Technical College on Tuesday morning. College faculty members went on strike Tuesday over salaries, workload and covert surveillance of college employees.
BEA

A Whatcom County court has refused to order striking teachers back to the classroom at Bellingham Technical College Tuesday. They walked off the job after failing to reach an agreement with the school's administration on wages and other issues.

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charter schools
9:47 am
Mon September 23, 2013

State Taking Applications for Charter Schools

Washington state's new Charter School Commission has opened the statewide application process for charter schools.

The first step in the process is an Oct. 22 deadline for submitting a letter of intent to apply to open a charter school.

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