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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Education
5:41 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Dale Estey Concedes to Peters in Seattle School Board Race

Suzanne Dale Estey, left, and Sue Peters.

Seattle school board candidate Suzanne Dale Estey has conceded to her opponent Sue Peters in one of the costliest campaigns in local history. 

Peters said Dale Estey called her Wednesday night to congratulate her.

Dale Estey is the former economic development for the city of Renton. Her campaign raised nearly $100,000 more than Peters. A political action committee, Great Seattle Schools, also raised nearly $100,000 in an effort to defeat Peters.

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Education
7:01 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Report: Wash. Students Among Top 5 in U.S. in Math, Reading

Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Washington state’s fourth and eighth graders are among the best in the country when it comes to reading and math, according to the Nation’s Report Card released by the National Assessment for Education Progress Thursday.

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homelessness
6:00 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Downtown Seattle's Only Shelter for Young Homeless Adults Closing

The only overnight shelter for young adults in downtown Seattle is about to close due to money troubles.

YouthCare says funding from a private grant has run out and as a result, its 20-bed shelter will close in January.

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Early Education
2:07 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

16 More Seattle Schools Now Offering Free All-Day Kindergarten

In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, Christopher Larry, Jr., right, reacts to winning a letter bingo game as Joel McCain looks on in their kindergarten classroom at Campbell Hill Elementary in Renton, Wash.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

An additional 770 kindergarteners can now attend school for free as a result of Seattle Public Schools’ decision to offer free all-day kindergarten at 16 more schools.

The change took effect Nov.1, but it is retroactive to Sept. 4, meaning families will get refunds for September and October.

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food assistance
6:58 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

For 1 Million in Wash. State, Food Stamps to Shrink Starting Nov.

Lynn Friedman Flickr

An estimated 1.1 million low-income people in Washington state, or 1 in 6 residents, will find less money in their monthly food allowances starting Nov. 1.

That’s because food stamps, otherwise known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), are being cut. For most families, their monthly food allowance will be reduced anywhere between $11 and $36.   

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driving homeless students
5:01 am
Thu October 31, 2013

For Homeless Students, School Bus Ride Offers Sense of Stability

Tanya Emmels
Florangela Davila

I never paid much attention to school buses until I met driver Tanya Emmels.

Emmels picks up and drops off students without homes.

At a bus depot in Edmonds, she stuffs juice boxes, doughnuts, and chips into bags.

“I know they love these,” she says.

This is how Emmels starts her shift.

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Retaining Teachers
5:20 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

State Grants Aim to Curb New Teacher Dropout Rate

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

With 25 percent of new teachers quitting the profession within the first five years, state Superintendent Randy Dorn hopes the latest batch of mentorship grants will retain teachers.   

Nearly $800,000 in Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) grants will benefit nearly 400 new teachers in seven school districts across the state. The funds will help grantees coach and counsel new teachers and offer them professional development opportunities.

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Education
11:02 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Wash. Students Outscore Hungary, Australia in Math, Science

Washington state students rank in the top 10 for math and science when compared with their counterparts in other countries, according to a new batch of test scores.

Washington's eighth graders tested better than the national average in both subjects. And scores here are higher than those in Ontario, Canada; Hungary, and Australia.

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Education
1:45 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Do Arts Matter? Seattle School Board Candidates Weigh In

Do the arts matter? ArtsEd Washington, a nonprofit advocacy group, queried school board candidates across the state about the influence of the arts in their own lives and whether arts education would be a priority if elected this November.

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crime
4:59 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Sex Offender Who Fled from Canada Accused of Seattle Assault

Michael Sean Stanley
AP Photo/Royal Canadian Mounted Police, File

A violent sex offender who fled from Canada is suspected of sexually-assaulting a 16-year-old boy Tuesday morning in West Seattle.

Seattle police learned of the alleged assault after arresting Michael Sean Stanley on an unrelated charge.

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Election 2013
12:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Three Reasons Why You Should Care about the School Board Race

Why should you care about the Seattle School Board race? Consider these three reasons:

1. Unstable Board = Bad for Students

Research has shown that a chaotic board "will repel all people of quality," thereby negatively impacting student achievement, according to Thomas Alsbury, professor of educational administration and supervision at Seattle Pacific University. 

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

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Election 2013
12:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Two Newcomers Vie for Seat on Seattle School Board

Suzanne Dale Estey, left, and Sue Peters.
Photos provided by their campaigns.

Two first-time candidates are facing off in a tight race for a seat on the Seattle School Board. Suzanne Dale Estey and Sue Peters are both vying to represent District 4, which covers Queen Anne, Magnolia, and parts of Ballard.

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Education
5:40 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

This Weekend's GeekGirlCon Aims to Attract Girls to STEM Careers

This weekened, Seattle's Convention Center is getting overrun by thousands of women and girls gathered for the annual GeekGirlCon event. But the convention is not just about gaming.

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Politics
4:43 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Public Urination Ban Proposed in Unincorporated King County

As it stands now, it's not against the law to answer nature's call in public in the unincorporated areas of King County.

King County Council member Kathy Lambert wants to change that with a proposed ordinance.

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Culture of Hazing
5:01 am
Fri October 11, 2013

How Hazing Becomes a Culture, and How to Fight it

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dharder9475 Flickr

Listen to the full interview with psychologist Susan Lipkins.

A recent hazing incident involving more than 100 students at Seattle's Garfield High School has many wondering how such a thing can become part of a school's tradition in a district with a zero-tolerance policy. 

According to the police report, the victims were driven to the Washington Park Arboretum where more than 100 students and a keg of beer were present. There, they were paddled and "forced to drink shots of hard liquor" until at least one of them was very intoxicated, the report said. Eleven students have been temporarily expelled while both school officials and police investigate.

Seattle Public Schools spokesperson Teresa Wippel said hazing has become a tradition at Garfield High, which has a long history of such incidents. According to veteran psychologist Susan Lipkins, what begins as a benign initiation ritual can easily evolve into a dangerous culture over time.

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