K-12 Education

K-12 Education
9:45 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Parent launches Snoqualmie school bond recount

If you’ve ever wondered if one vote really makes a difference, consider a school bond measure in Snoqualmie. The proposal to build a new middle school in the rapidly-growing city was recently defeated by a single ballot. That doesn’t mean it’s dead. A parent decided the vote was too close to concede.

A majority of Snoqualmie residents supported the new school, almost 60-percent. Trouble is, when it comes to King County elections, almost doesn’t cut it.  

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K-12 Education
9:50 am
Mon February 21, 2011

Families urge support for schools at PTA Focus Day rally in Olympia

Nearly 1,000 supporters will gather in Olympia to press lawmakers on school issues. Last year's rally (above) drew more than 1,000 people.
Washington State PTA (WSPTA)

Hundreds of families will rally in Olympia today to send a message to the legislature. Despite budget challenges facing the state – they say lawmakers need to keep their hands off school funding. 

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K-12 Education
10:32 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Private school enrollment down as parents struggle to pay

The recession is forcing Washington families to make tough decisions about their children’s education. As incomes have dwindled, so has attendance at private schools. In the past few years, the schools have lost nearly 3,000 kids, according to data reported to the state. 

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K-12 Education
7:01 am
Thu February 10, 2011

Seattle school budget cuts to hit staff, support programs and kindergarten

Elementary students could have fewer resources next year because of budget cuts. Andy Trinh, left, James Berrysmith, and Keith Moreland, shown in fifth grade at Stevens Elementary in Oct. 27, 2004
Elaine Thompson AP

As schools across the state grapple with huge budget issues, administrators in Seattle say they need to cut elementary counselors, programs for struggling students and full-day kindergarten classes. Those are some of their final recommendations after months of pouring over options.  

Administrators did manage to shave more than $1.7 million from the budget gap, but they still face a nearly $35 million shortfall.   

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K-12 Education
8:12 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Foss High supporters to hold rally to save school from closure

Students across the Puget Sound have made posters in support of keeping Foss High School open. This one was created by students at Gig Harbor High School.
Save our home: Henry Foss High School facebook page

Foss High School students, parents and community supporters will line the streets around the school today in an effort to save it from temporary closure.

The superintendent of Tacoma Public Schools has proposed mothballing Foss and some small elementary schools for at least three years to reduce the district’s budget deficit. He says closing the high school could save $2 Million next year. 

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K-12 Education
8:44 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Seattle families have say in school bus reductions, start time changes

Some Seattle students could lose bus service and start school earlier next year because of budget cuts.
Eric Gay AP Photo

Seattle Public Schools' latest plan to shore up its budget deficit could mean some students won't have bus service next year and most will have to get up earlier. Families can get more details and voice concerns on these changes and more at a series of meetings starting tonight:

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K-12 Education
5:10 am
Thu January 20, 2011

Many Washington kids not ready for Kindergarten

Casey Doyle's class at Oakville Elementary School is participating in the state's pilot kindergarten assessment

Nearly a third of children in Washington don’t appear to be ready for kindergarten.  And more than half aren’t likely to have necessary language skills.  The findings come from the state’s first attempt to assess some of its youngest students. 

The assessment, called WaKIDS, includes evaluations of four domains:

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K-12 Education
8:16 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Getting Seattle parents to pay for full-day kindergarten

Parents and their kids line-up for registration at Seattle School District headquarters last June, prior to the school year.
Gary Davis KPLU

Updated Jan. 27, 2011 to correct projected Seattle Public Schools projected deficit for 2011-12 as $36.6 million, rather than $50 million. KPLU regrets the error.

As the Seattle School District deals with a giant deficit, district officials say they’re going to get tough when it comes to collecting money from families.

Parents have to pay $207 a month to send a child to full day kindergarten. But the district is waiting for hundreds of checks to arrive in the mail.

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News Roundup
7:25 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

A worker climbs aboard a 787, the first of the model scheduled to fly, at the plant in Everett, Wash, in April 2009. Company officials have announced another delay in the first delivery of the new plane, an event postponed to July.
AP

Making headlines around western Washington this morning:

  • Another 787 Delay
  • A Break in Flooding
  • Potential Hits to K-12 and Community College Construction
  • Huskies Drop in Polls

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K-12 Education
4:52 am
Mon January 17, 2011

Bainbridge middle school skips day off for Martin Luther King

Haylee Derrickson (left) and classmates prepare for a march that kicks off their MLK lesson this year.
Kim Trick Hyla Middle School

Not all kids are enjoying a day off thanks to Martin Luther King, Jr.  Teachers and administrators at Hyla Middle School on Bainbridge Island see it as the perfect time to give students a new perspective on the civil rights leader.  

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Education
2:30 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Chief Sealth grads get free year at South Seattle Community College

Melinda Inez Foster says the 13th Year Promise Scholarship guarantees she'll achieve her goal of going to college.
Charla Bear KPLU

Seniors who graduate from Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle have a new price for their first year of college – free.  The president of South Seattle Community College says it’ll give one-year tuition scholarships to any student who gets a diploma and fills out a couple of forms. 

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K-12 education
8:45 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Another Tacoma middle school joins list of low-performers

A new Baker Middle School is under construction next door to the old one in Tacoma's South End. This photo of the construction site was taken Thursday morning, Jan. 13, 2011. Will students have a new principal to go with a new school next year?
Via Tacoma Public Schools website

Half of Tacoma's middle schools now rank among the lowest-performing in the state. Baker Middle School is the fifth to land the dubious distinction.

The bright side? Low-scoring schools become eligible for federal grants intended to help turn things around. 

The News Tribune's Debbie Cafazzo reports Baker's student scores may reflect their challenges at home:

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Arts Education
9:10 am
Tue December 21, 2010

Mercer Island High's marching band to play in London

Mercer Island High School Marching Band
Rachel Solomon

The Mercer Island High School marching band weaves and dances through the streets. They’ve been practicing since 7 a.m.,even though it’s winter break, and a lot of their friends are sleeping in.

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State Budget Crisis
8:09 am
Thu December 16, 2010

Advocates rail against proposed budget cuts

A hue and cry has erupted in response to Washington Governor Chris Gregoire’s proposal to slash billions more in anticipated state spending. The Democrat Wednesday unveiled her plan to close a $4.6 billion budget shortfall.

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K-12 Education
8:02 am
Wed December 15, 2010

State needs more than a century to close achievement gap

A student gets help with his schoolwork in a Seattle program for at-risk youth
Seattle Office for Education

Washington is finally making progress on closing the achievement gap between different groups of students, but researchers say it’s not all good news.  A new report found that the gains mean some students will still lag behind for more than a century. 

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