Tacoma Public Schools http://kplu.org en After 26 years, football returns to Tacoma middle schools http://kplu.org/post/after-26-years-football-returns-tacoma-middle-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Middle school football teams </span><a href="http://tacomaschools.org/information/departments/athletics/Middle%20School%20Documents/VARSITY%20Football%20Schedule%202013_4.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">hit the gridiron this week </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in Tacoma for the first time since the Reagan administration. It’s been 26 years since the school district transitioned from a junior high system, and canceled almost all middle school athletics.</span></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:38:56 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 8181 at http://kplu.org After 26 years, football returns to Tacoma middle schools Some Wash. schools boost security after Conn. shooting http://kplu.org/post/some-wash-schools-boost-security-after-conn-shooting <p></p><p>School personnel and law enforcement around Seattle are stepping up school security in light to this Friday’s shooting in Connecticut. School officials say they know of no threats, but in an abundance of caution they’ve been taking some extra measures.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 23:26:44 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7373 at http://kplu.org Can you turn around a struggling school without tearing it down? http://kplu.org/post/can-you-turn-around-struggling-school-without-tearing-it-down <p>School districts are often encouraged to make sweeping changes in order to lift up low-achieving schools. Shutting a school down and overhauling it or replacing most of the staff are among the solutions favored by <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/ost/index.html">federal officials </a>these days. But <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/another-tacoma-middle-school-joins-list-low-performers">one struggling school in Tacoma </a>is taking an opposite approach: they’re doubling down on the teachers they already have.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6277 at http://kplu.org Can you turn around a struggling school without tearing it down? Tacoma tells adults: Give the kids an hour to catch up http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-tells-adults-give-kids-hour-catch <p>Thousands of students in Tacoma are behind in school, according to state tests that show they&rsquo;re not meeting grade-level expectations. City leaders say if adults in the community pitch in just one hour a week, it could help these kids catch up.</p><p> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 15:00:00 +0000 Charla Bear 2796 at http://kplu.org Tacoma tells adults: Give the kids an hour to catch up Tacoma teachers' strike keeps schools closed http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-teachers-strike-keeps-schools-closed <p>TACOMA, Wash. &mdash; Schools are closed Monday for another day in Tacoma as negotiations continue between the school district and striking teachers.</p><p> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 16:41:40 +0000 The Associated Press 2663 at http://kplu.org Striking Tacoma teachers want contract solutions now, not later http://kplu.org/post/striking-tacoma-teachers-want-contract-solutions-now-not-later <p>Tacoma schools will be closed again Friday after teachers voted on Thursday to stay out on strike. Friday will be their fourth day on the picket lines, despite a court order to return to their classrooms.</p><p>The teachers say that without a resolution to the basic contractual issues in the conflict, returning to class now would only prolong the turmoil, possibly for years.</p><p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 03:43:02 +0000 Charla Bear 2643 at http://kplu.org Striking Tacoma teachers want contract solutions now, not later Update: Tacoma teachers wait to decide whether to return to class http://kplu.org/post/update-tacoma-teachers-wait-decide-whether-return-class <p>Leaders of the Tacoma teachers&rsquo; union say they will leave it up to the striking teachers to decide what to do with a judge&rsquo;s order to return to the classroom tomorrow morning.</p><p>Andy Coons, president of the union, told teachers at a rally this afternoon that he would be contacting them possibly later today with options for them to decide on.</p><p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 00:30:46 +0000 Charla Bear 2626 at http://kplu.org Strike day one: Tacoma teachers begin picketing http://kplu.org/post/strike-day-one-tacoma-teachers-begin-picketing <p><em>(Twitter feed at bottom of story.)</em></p><p>TACOMA, Wash. &mdash; Teachers in Washington state&#39;s third-largest school district have begun picketing, hours after they overwhelmingly voted to walk away from the classroom.</p><div><p>The strike keeps 28,000 students at home.</p><p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 16:46:18 +0000 The Associated Press 2609 at http://kplu.org Update: Union VP says she's proud of Tacoma teachers' vote to strike http://kplu.org/post/update-union-vp-says-shes-proud-tacoma-teachers-vote-strike <p><em>&quot;It really had to come down to a strike ...&quot;&nbsp; </em></p><p>Tacoma schools will be closed to students tomorrow. Teachers voted to go on strike at their union meeting tonight. They expect to start picketing first at Lincoln High School at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m so proud of our teachers &ndash; 87 percent of our teaching membership voted to strike. It&rsquo;s that important to them to have a fair contract,&rdquo; said Adrienne Dale, VP of Tacoma Education Association. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s very difficult for teachers to leave their classrooms because they&rsquo;re in it for kids. So, it was a very powerful moment when the numbers came back.&rdquo;</p><p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 01:16:41 +0000 Charla Bear 2608 at http://kplu.org Update: Union VP says she's proud of Tacoma teachers' vote to strike Tacoma schools to start on time after teacher strike vote falls short http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-schools-start-time-after-teacher-strike-vote-falls-short <p>Tacoma students will head back to school today, despite their teachers having no contract.</p><p>Teachers voted on whether to strike last night, but <a href="http://wea.convio.net/site/MessageViewer?em_id=22681.0">fell about 30 votes short of the majority needed to boycott the district</a>, according to a letter sent to teachers by Andy Coons, president of the Tacoma Education Association.</p><p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 14:32:09 +0000 KPLU News Staff 2504 at http://kplu.org Tacoma teachers contract expires, is a strike next? http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-teachers-contract-expires-strike-next <p>With school scheduled to start tomorrow, Tacoma teachers are still without a contract.</p><p>The teachers and the district bargained late into the night last night but couldn&rsquo;t reach an agreement before their three-year contract expired at midnight.</p><p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 17:18:30 +0000 KPLU News Staff 2493 at http://kplu.org Tacoma teacher contract talks stall, raising fears of strike http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-teacher-contract-talks-stall-raising-fears-strike <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984003.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984003.mp3</a></p><p>The first day of school for Tacoma students is just a few days away, but their teachers might not show up.</p><p>They have yet to reach an agreement over their contract with the school district. That leaves many families worried that a strike could be on the horizon.</p><p> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 22:30:58 +0000 Charla Bear 2466 at http://kplu.org Fight over education funding heads to state Supreme Court http://kplu.org/post/fight-over-education-funding-heads-state-supreme-court <p>The state constitution says it&rsquo;s Washington&rsquo;s &ldquo;paramount duty to make ample provisions for the education of all children,&rdquo; but is it failing to do that? This afternoon, the state Supreme Court will consider arguments on both sides.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 15:50:51 +0000 Charla Bear 1955 at http://kplu.org Fight over education funding heads to state Supreme Court Foss High supporters to hold rally to save school from closure http://kplu.org/post/foss-high-supporters-hold-rally-save-school-closure <p>Foss High School students, parents and community supporters will <a href="http://fossptsa.org/default.aspx">line the streets around the school today in an effort to save it from temporary closure.</a></p><p>The superintendent of Tacoma Public Schools has proposed <a href="http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/01/16/1504182/close-foss-in-fall.html">mothballing Foss and some small elementary schools</a> for at least three years to reduce the district’s budget deficit. He says closing the high school could save $2 Million next year.&nbsp; Thu, 03 Feb 2011 16:12:28 +0000 Charla Bear 702 at http://kplu.org Foss High supporters to hold rally to save school from closure