Kyle Stokes http://kplu.org en Downtown Seattle Groups See Golden Opportunity For Their Own Neighborhood Public School http://kplu.org/post/downtown-seattle-groups-see-golden-opportunity-their-own-neighborhood-public-school <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160308937&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seattle Public Schools officials may soon get their best opportunity in years to open a public elementary school downtown, and various downtown interests are now pressing&nbsp;district leaders to take advantage of it.</p><p>District officials <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/school-downtown-seattle-school-board-will-make-play-old-bank-site">submitted an application earlier this month</a>&nbsp;to move into the vacant building at Second Avenue and Spring Street, which once housed a Federal Reserve Bank branch.</p><p>Federal agencies no longer want the property and are considering whether to deed the building to Seattle Public Schools practically free of charge. If the feds grant school officials' application, downtown groups want to make sure the district follows through.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17867 at http://kplu.org Downtown Seattle Groups See Golden Opportunity For Their Own Neighborhood Public School Do Homeless People Need A Place To Smoke Pot So They Don't Light Up In Public? http://kplu.org/post/do-homeless-people-need-place-smoke-pot-so-they-dont-light-public <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160022301&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Of the 82 tickets S<span style="line-height: 1.5;">eattle police officers issued&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for public marijuana use&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in the first six months of this year, 38 of them — nearly half —</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">went to people who were probably homeless.</span></p><p>For Seattle City Council member Nick Licata, that raises a question: Don't the economically-distressed need a place to go to smoke pot legally, without doing so in public?</p><p>"What we don't want to create is a situation where we literally are giving citations away to people that are going to end up having their record affected for engaging in activity that otherwise would be legal, except that it's just done outside," Licata said.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:33:11 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17853 at http://kplu.org Do Homeless People Need A Place To Smoke Pot So They Don't Light Up In Public? Report Faults Seattle Schools For 'Lack Of Urgency' In Serving Most Vulnerable Students http://kplu.org/post/report-faults-seattle-schools-lack-urgency-serving-most-vulnerable-students <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159877613&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seattle Public Schools' efforts to educate students with disabilities of all sorts are "in need of urgent, substantial and significant improvement," <a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1583136/File/Departmental%20Content/special%20education/014%2007%2021%20Combined%20_Report%20Version%208-final%20(2).pdf?sessionid=d39033e0e34bdf494f61adc8f638dba8" target="_blank">according to a scathing report released Tuesday</a>, faulting district staff from the administrative offices all the way down to individual schools.</p><p>The report itself was commissioned by the district office's special education team as part of an effort to correct, as the authors call it, "an obvious and chronic lack... of urgency" around special education — and to bring Seattle Public Schools back in the good graces of both state officials and of federal law.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:30:07 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17838 at http://kplu.org Report Faults Seattle Schools For 'Lack Of Urgency' In Serving Most Vulnerable Students Why Seattle Homeless Advocates Feel Vacant Downtown Building Is Rightfully Theirs http://kplu.org/post/why-seattle-homeless-advocates-feel-vacant-downtown-building-rightfully-theirs <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158336820&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Look past the clunky antiques that once made the now-empty building at Second and Spring a working bank — brass teller windows, secured loading docks, a two-story vault with heavy metal doors to match — and it's not difficult to dream about what the vacant property could become.</p><p><a href="http://homelessinfo.org/what_we_do/federal_reserve_bank/2014/SFRB-Call-for-Letters-of-Interest.pdf" target="_blank">A group of advocates for the homeless did just that</a>. The Seattle-King County Coalition on Homelessness drew up a nearly $18 million plan to transform what was once the Federal Reserve Bank branch as a comprehensive service center for the homeless, putting a range of services from mail to primary health care under one roof.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:17:42 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17682 at http://kplu.org Why Seattle Homeless Advocates Feel Vacant Downtown Building Is Rightfully Theirs New High School Diploma Rules Make Clear Which Credits Students Can Waive — And Which They Can't http://kplu.org/post/new-high-school-diploma-rules-make-clear-which-credits-students-can-waive-and-which-they-cant <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158188504&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>High school students in Washington will soon be able to drop up to two courses if they encounter "unusual circumstances" and still earn their diplomas&nbsp;under new state rules, which will also lift the number of required credits from 20 to 24.</p><p>But should schools be allowed to waive credits in subjects like English, math or science? The State Board of Education said no Thursday, voting 8 to 5 to approve rules marking 17 "core" credits as off-limits to these waivers. The board's decision mean districts can only excuse a student from elective or world language credits.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:31:36 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17675 at http://kplu.org New High School Diploma Rules Make Clear Which Credits Students Can Waive — And Which They Can't With Wash. State's NCLB Waiver Now Gone, Seattle Schools Seeks Its Own Exemption http://kplu.org/post/wash-states-nclb-waiver-now-gone-seattle-schools-seeks-its-own-exemption <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158033270&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Earlier this year, Washington became&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-becomes-first-state-lose-no-child-left-behind-waiver">the first state</a>&nbsp;in the nation to lose&nbsp;its reprieve from the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Now, Seattle Public Schools wants to become the first district in the nation to regain that flexibility on its own.</p><p>Superintendent Jose&nbsp;Banda&nbsp;<a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=314731&amp;sessionid=4351745d87b40d02e2daadccb37a6e6d" target="_blank">sent a letter</a>&nbsp;Wednesday asking for a Seattle-specific waiver from the outdated federal law.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:08:36 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17653 at http://kplu.org With Wash. State's NCLB Waiver Now Gone, Seattle Schools Seeks Its Own Exemption Record Number Of King Co. Teens Pledging To Good Grades, Behavior For Free College http://kplu.org/post/record-number-king-co-teens-pledging-good-grades-behavior-free-college <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157873221&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>An effort to commit south King County teens to a state program that&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">guarantees fully-paid college tuition</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in exchange for good grades and good behavior through high school has reported its most successful sign-up campaign yet.</span></p><p>Organizers at the Road Map Project, which supports seven King County school districts, say a record 96 percent of eligible eighth-graders signed up for Washington's College Bound Scholarship this year.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:03:38 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17617 at http://kplu.org Record Number Of King Co. Teens Pledging To Good Grades, Behavior For Free College A School In Downtown Seattle? School Board Will Make A Play For Old Bank Site http://kplu.org/post/school-downtown-seattle-school-board-will-make-play-old-bank-site <p>Seattle school officials will officially ask to move into a vacant, federally-owned building in the heart of the city, offering advocates for downtown interests a shot at <a href="http://www.downtownseattle.com/school/" target="_top">something they've long sought</a>: their own public school.</p><p>By a 5-to-2 vote, Seattle School Board members passed a resolution Wednesday night, authorizing the district's application to take over the 119,000-square foot building that, for decades, housed the Seattle branch office of the Federal Reserve Bank, located on Second Avenue between Spring and Madison streets.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 04:16:49 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17555 at http://kplu.org A School In Downtown Seattle? School Board Will Make A Play For Old Bank Site Deadline Looms For Voter Initiative To Make Wash. Class Sizes Smaller http://kplu.org/post/deadline-looms-voter-initiative-make-wash-class-sizes-smaller <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156766773&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Supporters of a statewide ballot initiative directing Washington lawmakers to provide enough funding to drastically decrease K-12 class sizes are confident they've gathered enough signatures to send their measure to voters in November.</p><p>More than 320,000 people have signed petitions to put <a href="http://sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/initiatives/FinalText_578.pdf" target="_blank">Initiative 1351</a> on the ballot this fall, Class Size Counts campaign manager Mary Howes said Monday. The number is well over the required 246,000 valid signatures, which must be turned into the secretary of state's office by Thursday.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:01:05 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17488 at http://kplu.org Deadline Looms For Voter Initiative To Make Wash. Class Sizes Smaller In Signing Pre-K Bill, Seattle Mayor Makes Early Ed Ballot Showdown Official http://kplu.org/post/signing-pre-k-bill-seattle-mayor-makes-early-ed-ballot-showdown-official <p>The idea of pitting two questions about <a href="http://www.kplu.org/term/seattle-pre-k-initiative">early childhood education</a> against each other on the November ballot doesn't appeal to Laura Chandler.</p><p>"I don't like it, I wish it wasn't like that," said Chandler, a teacher at Small Faces Child Development Center. She supports a union-backed initiative <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-voters-may-see-more-one-preschool-measure-november-ballot">to create a broader training program and raise wages for childcare workers</a>.</p><p>But Sattl1e Mayor Ed Murray officially sent a second question to the ballot Friday, signing off on the Seattle City Council's plan asking for voters' approval of a $58 million property tax hike <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-mayor-proposes-property-tax-levy-fund-preschool-low-income-families">to pay for low- and middle-income kids to attend preschool</a>.</p><p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 02:56:41 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17459 at http://kplu.org In Signing Pre-K Bill, Seattle Mayor Makes Early Ed Ballot Showdown Official Gates Ed. Official: Protesters Raise 'Legitimate Concerns,' But OK To Disagree http://kplu.org/post/gates-ed-official-protesters-raise-legitimate-concerns-ok-disagree <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156313135&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>More than 150 skeptics of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/why-group-teachers-protested-outside-gates-foundation-eds-biggest-charity">protested in front of the philanthropy's Seattle headquarters on Thursday</a>, objecting to the foundation's support of, among other things, the Common Core academic standards.</p><p>On the afternoon before that protest, a top Gates official told KPLU&nbsp;that the foundation has been open to teachers' concerns about the new standards.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:01:33 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17455 at http://kplu.org Gates Ed. Official: Protesters Raise 'Legitimate Concerns,' But OK To Disagree Why A Group Of Teachers Protested Outside The Gates Foundation, Ed's Biggest Charity http://kplu.org/post/why-group-teachers-protested-outside-gates-foundation-eds-biggest-charity <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156160046&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>At first, Julianna Dauble balked at the idea of protesting against the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.</p><p>"We've all gotten Gates money one way or another," said Dauble, a fifth-grade teacher in Renton. "I don't know a single teacher who has not gotten Gates money for computers, different grants, small schools initiatives — all the things he's done in the Seattle area, especially."</p><p>In fact,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the Gates Foundation sends more money to K-12 education causes around the U.S. than any other philanthropy, and some teachers have come to regard that influence as a threat.</span></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:59:19 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17420 at http://kplu.org Why A Group Of Teachers Protested Outside The Gates Foundation, Ed's Biggest Charity Seattle Voters Must Choose Between Mayor's Pre-K Program, Union-Backed Childcare Plan http://kplu.org/post/seattle-voters-must-choose-between-mayors-pre-k-program-union-backed-childcare-plan <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155878128&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Two&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">proposals dealing with&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">early childhood learning</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;will appear on Seattle ballots this November, but only one can win.</span></p><p>That's the electoral scenario Seattle City Council members set up Monday with their vote to put a proposed preschool pilot program on the November ballot, formally asking voters to hike property taxes to join cities like Denver and Boston in funding <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-mulls-pre-k-program-we-ask-whats-long-term-cost">an early childhood education program aimed at low-income families</a>.</p><p>But voters will have to make a choice. They can approve either the pilot program or <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-voters-may-see-more-one-preschool-measure-november-ballot">Initiative 107</a>, a union-backed citizens' initiative&nbsp;that&nbsp;raises&nbsp;the minimum wage&nbsp;to $15 an hour&nbsp;for more than 4,000 childcare workers&nbsp;and creates a training program for early childhood educators.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:57:17 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17316 at http://kplu.org Seattle Voters Must Choose Between Mayor's Pre-K Program, Union-Backed Childcare Plan UW Researcher: 1 In 8 Children At Risk Of Maltreatment, Rate Higher For Minorities http://kplu.org/post/uw-researcher-1-8-children-risk-maltreatment-rate-higher-minorities <p>It's the kind of case that walks into the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center maybe once a week:</p><p>Imagine a single mother, trying to hold down multiple jobs to hold her family together, turning to a neighbor for help taking care of her kids while she works. But that neighbor ends up assaulting one of her children.</p><p>And then the neighbor "gives [the child] the message, 'If you tell anybody, I won't be able to help your family anymore, you'll be taken out of your home and your mom won't believe you,'" said&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">King County Sexual Assault Resource Center's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;executive director Mary Ellen Stone.</span></p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:04 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17272 at http://kplu.org UW Researcher: 1 In 8 Children At Risk Of Maltreatment, Rate Higher For Minorities Seattle Schools Superintendent Banda Poised To Leave Post For Sacramento Job http://kplu.org/post/seattle-schools-superintendent-banda-poised-leave-post-sacramento-job <p>Seattle Public Schools Superintendent&nbsp;José<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Banda<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;expects to leave his post before the end of July after being named the only finalist for a superintendent position in Sacramento, California.</span></p><p>The Sacramento City Unified School District's school board could confirm Banda's hire as soon as July 17.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:16:11 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17294 at http://kplu.org Seattle Schools Superintendent Banda Poised To Leave Post For Sacramento Job