Youth & Education

Education
5:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Nathan Hale High Nabs Big Radio Award

Who’s got the “best dance station” in the country? The answer is Seattle, thanks to the students at Nathan Hale High School.

The school's KNHC C 89.5 FM nabbed the Crystal Trophy for best dance station in the country during the Promo Only Summer Sessions national radio conference last month. The station beat out major commercial stations, as well as Sirius XM to claim the honor. 

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Education
5:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Union Vote Begins for Some PLU Faculty Members

Pacific Lutheran University

Disclosure: Pacific Lutheran University holds the license for KPLU, where on-air staff are affiliated with SAG-AFTRA.

Faculty members at Pacific Lutheran University begin voting Thursday on whether to unionize. It’s the result of a monthslong fight that has pitted PLU’s lecturers, adjunct professors and other non-tenure track instructors against the administration.

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Education
5:01 am
Wed September 18, 2013

As Enrollment Grows, Seattle Schools Mulls Boundary Changes

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Seattle Public Schools officials project enrollment will likely reach 60,000 by the year 2020—an increase of 9,000 students from the current population.

The growing student body is one of the biggest reasons why the district is proposing changes to the district's boundaries map

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student safety
6:22 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Survey: Drivers Not Stopping for School Buses

Chris Kalbfleisch Flickr

Do you stop for school buses?

A recent survey found Washington drivers are ignoring school buses' stop signs and flashing red lights, putting children's safety at risk.

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Higher Education
1:12 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

WSU Reports 2nd Highest Enrollment in History

Jimmy Emmerson Flickr

Washington State University is reporting the second-highest enrollment in its history at its four campuses.

The school on Wednesday reported 27,111 students signed up for classes, a drop of 123 students from last fall.

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Education
5:01 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Seattle Schools Win National Award for Family Engagement

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Johns Hopkins University has awarded Seattle Public Schools the 2013 Partnership District Award for family and community engagement.

The University's National Network of Public Schools noted Seattle not only has in place a family partnerships administrator, but also has several district programs that fuel stronger partnerships.

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Early learning
5:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Federal Budget Cuts Hurting Head Start Programs

Head Start

Fewer kids living in poverty are able to attend Head Start this school year due to the federal budget tightening known as sequestration. Head Start has been helping young children living in poverty get ready for school since 1965.

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teachers negotiations
4:20 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Snoqualmie Valley Teachers Approve Contract; Strike Averted

Teachers in the Snoqualmie Valley School District averted a strike when they voted to approve a new three-year contract late Sunday. 

The news came shortly after 10 p.m.—several hours after the Snoqualmie Valley Education Association announced the two sides had reached a tentative agreement. 

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Early Education
4:21 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Seattle Considers Proposed Universal Preschool Program

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Cliff Owen Associated Press

Seattle schoolchildren returned to school Wednesday, but some of the city’s kindergarteners have already fallen behind.

At least that’s how Seattle City Council member Tim Burgess sees things, which is why he’s proposing a universal preschool program for the city's 3- and 4-year-olds.

"We know what works in helping kids to be prepared, to learn, and to thrive starting in kindergarten, and it means investing early," Burgess said.

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teachers negotiations
7:51 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

School to Start on Time in Seattle, Snoqualmie, South Kitsap

The school year will begin on Wednesday for students in Seattle, Snoqualmie, and south Kitsap County after their teachers reached last-minute agreements with their respective districts Tuesday.

Late Tuesday, the Seattle Education Association voted to approve a two-year agreement reached with the school district over the weekend. The contract includes a longer work day for some, as well as higher pay. 

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teachers negotiations
10:11 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Seattle Teachers, District Reach Tentative Agreement

Seattle teachers and the school district have reached a tentative contract agreement.

The district says they came to agreement early Sunday and that the Seattle Education Association plans to vote on the proposed contract on late Tuesday afternoon. School is scheduled to begin Wednesday.

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Education funding
5:21 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Legislative Critics Don't Like Ed Funding Report

When the Legislature made its annual report to the Washington Supreme Court this week on progress toward improving the way the state pays for public schools, lawmakers said they did the best they could under the circumstances. Legislative critics do not agree.

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teachers negotiations
3:28 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

As Strike Looms, Seattle Teachers Plan Tuesday Vote

With teacher strikes a possibility in Seattle and another district, Washington's teachers union says negotiations are continuing and agreements could be reached before classes begin next week.

The teachers in the South Kitsap School District have set an earlier deadline, however, than Seattle teachers. Washington Education Association spokesman Rich Wood says the teachers in Port Orchard have decided they will go on strike if they do not have a contract by Saturday.

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teachers negotiations
8:23 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Strikes Loom for Kitsap, Seattle Teachers

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Elaine Thompson Associated Press

As the school year draw near, teacher strikes are a possibility in south Kitsap County and Seattle following disagreements over contract negotiations.

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teachers negotiations
4:30 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Seattle Teachers Expected to Reject District's Contract Offer

Supt. Jose Banda says the contract proposal expected to go down tonight is not the district's last offer.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Seattle teachers are expected to reject the school district’s latest contract offer at its meeting Monday evening, but the superintendent suggests the district is ready to deal on some key sticking points.

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