Seattle Public Schools

Education
6:17 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

New Seattle schools chief: We'll fight disparities with data

Superintendent Jose Banda says deep data will help close the achievement gaps.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

As students around Puget Sound begin a new school year, administrators are pushing hard to close disparities in student achievement.

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Education
5:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

New Seattle superintendent wants flexibility for schools, just not too much

Seattle Public Schools superintendent Jose Banda has been on the job for one month.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Seattle’s new superintendent of schools won’t be voting for the charter schools initiative on the November’s ballot. He doesn’t care much for “site-based management” that gives lots of autonomy to individual schools and he’s leery of letting schools more easily opt out of controversial curricula, such as “discovery math.”

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Education
5:39 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Court blocks Seattle's "Creative Approach Schools"

Backers of a measure to allow charter schools in Washington are scheduled to turn in their petition signatures Friday. Meanwhile, a pilot project designed in part to short-circuit the argument for charter schools was blocked Thursday in court.

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Seattle schools
8:10 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Advertising will be allowed in Seattle schools

The Seattle School Board voted Wednesday night to allow some commercial advertising on school grounds.

The vote reverses a ban that was imposed in 2004.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Seattle finds "virtual" band-aid after axing summer school

As Seattle Public Schools begin their final week of classes, the district is turning to technology to rescue some summer school programs it cut last year. SPS will offer online courses at Franklin and possibly another high school, and three others plan to extend their school-year virtual learning into the summer. Cleveland and Rainier Beach high schools will have limited classroom programming.

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Education
5:00 am
Thu June 14, 2012

A graduate's journey from rural Tibet to Ingraham High School

Choega Thundrup works to master math concepts at Ingraham High School.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

You might say the Dalai Lama was his guidance counselor.

When Choega Thundrup dons his cap and gown Friday, it will be thanks to the spiritual leader who set him on his path, and people who risked their lives to help him get there.

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Education
3:57 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

A teary farewell to Seattle schools chief

Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield dabs her eyes as her deputies bid her an emotional farewell.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

It wasn’t on the school board agenda, but members of Susan Enfield’s cabinet paid her a surprise tribute during her final school board meeting Wednesday. Enfield is leaving Seattle Public Schools this month after 16 months as interim superintendent.

Enfield wiped away tears as a string of her deputies praised her, beginning with Enfield’s number-two, Interim Deputy Superintendent Bob Boesche.

“So my word is motivator. There wasn’t a meeting ever, an encounter ever with you, where I didn’t walk out [feeling] motivated to do my best,” Boesche said.

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Education
10:49 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Seattle school counselors slam district over cuts

David Bilides, head counselor at Washington Middle School, gave school board members an earful over cuts that have left many colleagues out of work and 37 elementary schools without a counselor.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Seattle school counselors say they’re getting hit harder than ever by budget cuts, and a pack of them turned out at Wednesday’s school board meeting to protest the latest round of layoffs.

It all stems from a change three years ago to how Seattle Public Schools funds counselors in elementary schools. The district stopped paying for them as regular employees, and instead gave schools a choice: use your discretionary money, or let them go. Now, almost two thirds of elementary schools don’t have a counselor, and the district has sent pink slips to a dozen counselors at middle-and high schools.

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Seattle Public Schools
4:39 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Seattle Schools names three finalists for superintendent job

All 3 candidates for Superintendent of  Seattle Public Schools have classroom as well as superintendent experience.   The finalists will be in Seattle next week for interviews.

The finalists are:

Jose Banda, 55, is a former high school principal who now heads the Anaheim City School District, a district that just includes elementary schools.  84 percent of the students in the district are Latino and Banda  is bilingual. 

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Snow schedules
4:53 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Update: Seattle schools closed Wednesday

All Seattle schools will be closed on Wednesday, according to Schoolreport.org. Evening activities are also canceled.

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Education
10:47 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Achievement gap among Seattle black students

A new look at test scores by Seattle Public Schools shows American-born black students lag behind black immigrants in academic achievement.

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Seattle schools
12:59 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Interim Seattle Public Schools head won't seek job

The interim head of Seattle Public Schools says she doesn't want the job permanently.

Susan Enfield made the surprise announcement Friday in a letter to staff and community members.

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Education
11:49 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Ex-Seattle school official pleads not guilty 

A man accused of taking money from a Seattle School District program pleaded not guilty Thursday to theft charges.

KOMO Radio reports Silas Potter remains in jail following his arraignment.

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K-12 Education
2:01 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Hundreds of high school students ditch school to protest state budget cuts

More than 100 Ballard High School students walked out of their classrooms Wednesday afternoon to join a protest at UW against cuts to education.
Katie Kennedy

Hundreds of high school students are rallying at the University of Washington in protest of cuts to education. They walked out of their classrooms this afternoon and marched or rode buses to the University District. 

Students from at least five high schools, including Ingraham and Nathan Hale - and even a few students from Tacoma - have banded together for the protest. 

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Seattle Public Schools
3:34 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Theft charges brought against former Seattle schools manager

Interim Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield answers questions Tuesday following the announcement that charges of theft have been filed against former school district manager Silas Potter.
Paula Wissel KPLU

King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg has brought felony theft charges against former Seattle Public Schools manager Silas Potter Jr. and two associates, David A. Johnson and Lorrie Sorensen.

Potter was at the center of a financial scandal that led to the firing last March of former Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johsnon and Seattle Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Don Kennedy.

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