high schools http://kplu.org en Do we still need to learn cursive? http://kplu.org/post/do-we-still-need-learn-cursive <p></p><p>Cursive handwriting may soon go the way of the card catalog and the film projector. Schools are moving to new curriculum standards that put more emphasis on typing skills. But not everyone is ready for the cursive alphabet to become a relic. Jessica Robinson reports the Idaho legislature is considering a statewide cursive mandate.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:38:51 +0000 Jessica Robinson 7683 at http://kplu.org Do we still need to learn cursive? State launches 'jobs for graduates' effort to help dropouts http://kplu.org/post/state-launches-jobs-graduates-effort-help-dropouts <p>The unemployment rate for teens and young adults in Washington is one of the highest in the nation &ndash; and it&rsquo;s especially tough on high school dropouts. That&rsquo;s why state education leaders are trying to ramp up an effort to help students get<a href="http://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/PressReleases2011/WashingtonsGrad.aspx"> diplomas and jobs or college placements</a> at the same time.</p><p> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 18:27:48 +0000 Charla Bear 2968 at http://kplu.org Essentially Ellington again features Seattle-area school jazz bands in New York City http://kplu.org/post/essentially-ellington-again-brings-best-seattle-area-school-jazz-bands-new-york-city <p>It&#39;s another banner year for Seattle-area high school jazz bands.&nbsp;</p><p>Ensembles from Roosevelt and Mountlake Terrace High Schools are once again at Lincoln center in New York, NY - competing in what many critics regard as <a href="http://www.jalc.org/jazzed/ee/welcome09.html">the nation&#39;s top bout for young jazz artists</a>, the Essentially Ellington competition.</p><p>The Seattle Times is <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/flatpages/entertainment/ellington2011.html">covering the event</a> and has this note in today&#39;s print copy of the&nbsp; paper:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;On Friday, the competition runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with Roosevelt appearing last. There are two segments on Saturday, 7 to 8:30 a.m., with Mountlake Terrace playing last, and 10 a.m. to noon. The three top bands will be announced on the <a href="http://www.jalc.org/jazzed/ee/webcast.html">live stream</a> at 1 p. m. (All times PST.)&quot;</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 13 May 2011 16:15:37 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1596 at http://kplu.org Essentially Ellington again features Seattle-area school jazz bands in New York City KPLU School of Jazz wins national education award! http://kplu.org/post/kplu-school-jazz-wins-national-education-award <p><strong>KPLU has received the Service to America Award from the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) for its School of Jazz program.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>The award recognizes outstanding community service by local broadcasters.&nbsp; Winners will be honored at the Celebration of Service to America Awards dinner on Monday, June 6, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.</p><p><a href="http://schoolofjazz.org/2011/05/11/school-of-jazz-wins-national-education-award/"><strong>Read more</strong></a></p><p> Wed, 11 May 2011 18:24:02 +0000 Justin Steyer 1577 at http://kplu.org KPLU School of Jazz wins national education award! High school credit for Seattle's middle school students http://kplu.org/post/high-school-credit-seattles-middle-school-students <p>Starting this year, middle school students in Seattle could finally get some credit on their high school transcripts, that is.&nbsp; Seventh and eighth graders who take high school level courses can now apply them towards graduation.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/area/instructserv/secondarygrading/English-MSGPDocs.pdf">policy</a> has pluses and minuses for young kids. Fri, 12 Nov 2010 02:05:44 +0000 Charla Bear 136 at http://kplu.org