Youth & Education

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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uw ranking
1:09 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

UW Ranks High for 'Best Bang for Buck,' Public Good Contributions

University of Washington Visitors Center's Facebook Page

The University of Washington is one of the highest-rankings schools when it comes to contributions to the public good, according to the Washington Monthly.

The school is also one of the magazine’s top 20 picks on its “best bang for the buck” list.

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test scores
11:43 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Superintendent: Wash. Student Test Scores Flat in 2013

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Student test scores in Washington state are relatively flat this year.

State Superintendent Randy Dorn said Monday that some grades and subjects showed small improvements while others saw small declines. He said the achievement gap between kids of different ethnic and economic groups remained persistent.

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digital learning
3:42 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Microsoft Launches Ad-Free Bing Search Engine for Schools

FILE - Vendor Patrick Porter works on a laptop marked with the logo for Bing, Microsoft's recently upgraded search engine, in a cafeteria at Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., Wednesday, July 29, 2009.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Microsoft wants students to be able to search the Internet without getting bombarded by ads.

The software company has launched "Bing for Schools," a pilot program available to educational institutions who want ad-free searches and no adult content. School districts in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Fresno, California have already signed on.

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drinking on campus
8:01 am
Sat August 17, 2013

U-Idaho Cracks Down on Low GPAs, Frat Parties

The University of Idaho is prepared to expel low-performing students and require permits for frat parties as part of an effort to curb underage drinking.

The announcement from the university in Moscow comes on the heels of a similar set of measures proposed just across the border at Washington State University in Pullman.

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public education
4:52 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Teachers Slam Seattle Schools' Proposal to Increase Class Size

Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Seattle public schools kicks off the new school year on Sept. 4 with a projected enrollment of 52,000 students—an increase of 4,600 students in the past five years.

But how best to accommodate all those students in the future has Seattle schools and the teacher’s union at odds.

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Early Education
3:42 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Full-Day Kindergarten Offered to More Students in Wash. State

Howard County Library System

More public school students in Washington state will be attending full-day kindergarten when the school year begins in a few weeks. State lawmakers approved the $50 million in extra funding during the last legislative session.

Kristen Jauden, a spokeswoman for the state office of public instruction, says the money is going to schools with high populations of low-income students.

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Education
3:55 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Experts Tell Seattle School Board to Get its Act Together

Awkward family photo: Seattle's school board is confronting internal divisions.
Seattle Public Scools

A group of local and national experts is calling on the Seattle School Board to get its act together.

Specialists in school district governance say the research is clear: School board dysfunction matters. Seattle Pacific University professor Thomas Alsbury said drama in the board room can poison the whole organization, which affects students.

“When boards and central office leaders are viewed as unstable or chaotic, excellent principals and teachers choose to go elsewhere,” he said.

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Education
12:37 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

One year in, Seattle schools chief says he's won over skeptics

Superintendent Jose Banda has just begun his second year at Seattle Public Schools.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Seattle’s superintendent of schools was hired in hopes that he could avoid some of the turmoil and scandal of recent years. Jose Banda just wrapped up his first year in charge, and can claim some high-profile accomplishments. But some of the melodrama still lingers, with the school board sharply divided over its own role, and that of the superintendent.

Taking stock of his first year at the helm of Seattle Public Schools, Banda told KPLU a divided board has a definite effect on how he does his job.

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Education
12:03 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

New learning standards could cause nosedive in Wash. test scores

Test scores could plunge once the Common Core standards come in.
biologycorner Flickr

Seattle families should expect steep drops in student test scores as public schools adopt new national learning standards, according to a report to be presented Wednesday evening to the Seattle School Board.

Starting next year, students in Washington, 44 other states, and the District of Columbia will be held to new, tougher standards known as Common Core. That could cause some sticker shock once test scores start rolling in a year later.

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Education
10:16 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Stopping the summer slide

Alex Ragone

This week is the start of summer vacation for a lot of students in the Puget Sound area. It's a time to relax, go to camps and have fun. 

But for children who come from families that don't have a lot of money these next few months are when they often fall behind in their reading skills.

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Higher Education
5:30 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Labor board sides with PLU faculty in unionization push

Gexydaf Flickr

Disclosure: Pacific Lutheran University holds the license for KPLU. The station’s on-air staffers form the university’s only unionized unit.

In a decision with national implications, labor relations officials have ruled that certain faculty at Pacific Lutheran University should be allowed to form a union. This case is a test of some new provisions in labor law, and is being followed by other universities around the country.

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