Florangela Davila

Lead Artscape Reporter

Florangela Davila  has been a journalist since 1992. For 14 years she worked at The Seattle Times where she covered both news and features. She's been freelancing for KPLU since 2008, reporting and producing as well as helping coordinate the station's "Looking Back to Look Forward" documentary project. She's also a lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. Florangela received her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and her Master's in Journalism from Columbia University. She's been both an arts consumer and an arts practitioner for as long as she can remember.

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homeless
5:06 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Three Homeless Groups In King County Receive Foundation Funds

Friends of Youth Facebook page

Three agencies serving the homeless in King County have received a $450,000 grant from several Seattle foundations. The money will help continue outreach services for runaway and homeless youth.  

Friends of Youth, an agency that serves teens in East King County and one of the grant recipients, will use the grant to support its mobile van that operates at skate parks and malls.

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Education
5:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Design Competition Aims To Improve The School Lunch Experience

One of the ideas submitted to the "Redesigning the School Lunch Experience" competition
Design in Public

What can be done to improve the school lunch experience? That’s the question behind a new ideas competition in Seattle aimed at fighting child obesity and diabetes.

The Redesigning the School Lunch Experience competition offers a range of practical and playful solutions to inspire kids to make healthier food choices.

"Children spend an hour a day every weekday in their lives in a cafeteria," said Katherine Wimble, associate director of Design in Public, a nonprofit group with the Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects. "This is about seeing what innovative ideas could transform the whole experience so they can make healthier choices."   

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Education
4:05 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Charter School Applicants Pitch Their Proposals in Seattle, Tacoma

Those wanting to open up a charter school in the Seattle and Tacoma areas will be making public presentations over the next week and a half.

The state’s Charter School Commission is holding six public forums, which will help the commission decide which schools will open over the next two years.

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Education
3:25 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

State Supreme Court: Lawmakers Must Expedite Education Funding

Washington State Supreme Court

 

The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday ordered lawmakers to submit a complete plan by the end of April to detail how the state will fully pay for basic education.

The 8-1 ruling said that while the state made progress in last year's budget to increase funding for K-12 education, it was "not on target" to hit the constitutionally required funding level by the 2017-18 school year.

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Education
3:41 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Gov't Offers New Guideline For Classroom Discipline To Address Racial Disparity

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

The Obama administration has issued new recommendations on classroom discipline that seek to end the apparent disparities in how students of different races are disciplined for breaking school rules.

Government civil rights data show that black students without disabilities are more than three times as likely as whites to be expelled or suspended. Critics say that creates a "school-to-prison" pipeline because many students enter the criminal justice system for violations.

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Law
4:49 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

After 10 Years in Jail On A Wrongful Conviction, Seattle Man Is Free

IPNW attorney Fernanda Torres with Brandon Olebar (center) and wife Mely (right)
IPNW

After spending more than 10 years in prison on a wrongful conviction, Brandon Olebar of Seattle is home in time for Christmas.

Olebar had been convicted of robbery and burglary in 2003. The conviction was based on an ID by the victim, his sister's boyfriend, two days after the crime. 

But that identification turned out to be a case of "memory transference."

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Development
5:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

WSDOT Endorses Design Guide To Rethink Streets As More Than Just Roadways

National Association of Transportation Officials

It used to be that streets were about moving cars from point A to point B.

“Most of our design guidance historically has been focused on freeways and limited access highways,” said Nancy Boyd, an engineer with the Washington state Department of Transportation.

To help think of streets as more than just roadways for cars, WSDOT has become the first state agency in the nation to adopt a new set of urban design guidelines. 

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Education
4:43 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Wash. State Tops Nation In Number Of New National Board-Certified Teachers

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Denis Poroy Associated Press

Washington state has the largest number of new National Board-certified teachers in the country.

A total of 516 new board-certified teachers have joined the state’s ranks. Washington now has more than 7,000 certified teachers, which puts the state in fourth place nationwide.

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Arts
4:32 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Seattle to Convert Langston Hughes Institute Into Self-Sustaining Nonprofit

Joe Mabel Wikimedia Commons

The city-operated Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) will soon be its own self-sustaining nonprofit organization.

Under a five-year plan, Seattle plans to hire a transition coordinator, help LHPAI secure nonprofit status and gradually decrease its financial investment in one of its oldest cultural institutions.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

The Life Of A First-Year Teacher, In Six Emotional Stages

New teacher Erika McKamey (left) seeks counsel and advice from her teacher mentor Lynn Lofstrom. At this time of year, McKamey is in the "disillusionment" stage and is especially stressed out. But she's not ready to quit the profession.
Florangela Davila

It isn't easy being a teacher, especially a new one.

"The reality of the complexity of the job comes flying at you on Day One, when everything you learned in school needs to be in acted in reality, and you realize this is a really complicated job," said Jeanne Harmon, who directs support programs for new teachers at the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Eminent Domain
5:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Seattle Mulls Controversial Foreclosure Fix

Associated Press

The Seattle City Council could move one step closer to using its power of eminent domain as a way to curb foreclosures. 

The council is looking to create a committee to explore eminent domain and two other principal reduction programs, namely lease swapping and setting up a municipal land bank, as tools for struggling homeowners.

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Education
11:11 am
Sun December 15, 2013

Started, But Didn't Finish GED? Deadline Looms

Sally Raftery
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Thousands of Washington residents who started the GED high school equivalency test sometime this past decade but never finished now have just a few weeks to complete their exams or start over.

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Education
1:04 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Court Ruling Could Impact How Charter Schools Get Funded

cdsessums Flickr

A King County judge has ruled parts of the state’s charter school law are unconstitutional. But the nuances of the ruling have both supporters and opponents of charter schools declaring victory.  

If it’s confusing why both sides fighting something in court would be happy, it has to do with how you read what King County Superior Court Judge Jean Rietschel decided.

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