Seattle Public Schools

K-12 Education
8:41 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Class sizes preserved, counselors cut in Seattle schools budget

Despite facing the steepest budget shortfall in the past 3 years, Seattle Public School officials say class sizes will not get any bigger next fall. The district's school board unanimously approved a plan last night to close a $45.5 million gap with considerable cuts to school supports and jobs, but teachers were largely spared.

Read more
K-12 Education
5:00 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

Space shuttle blasts off with Ballard High School experiment

An exhaust cloud forms around Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida as space shuttle Endeavour soars into the sky. The shuttle is carrying a Ballard High School experiment.
Troy Cryder NASA

The Space Shuttle Endeavor is headed to the International Space Station after a successful launch. On board is an experiment conducted by students in Seattle

A team from Ballard High School is cultivating E. Coli in space to see how it compares to bacteria on Earth.

Read more
Higher Education
7:49 am
Thu May 12, 2011

University of Washington could train Teach for America recruits

A Teach For America corps member with her students in New York.
Jean-Christian Bourcart

The University of Washington plans to launch a program to train and certify Teach for America recruits. People who go through the program would start teaching after just five weeks of intensive instruction.

Teach for America expects to bring at least 35 of its recruits to Seattle and Federal Way this fall.

Read more
K-12 Education
5:22 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

Seattle schools win math textbook appeal

High school students in Seattle will continue to use a controversial math textbook after an appeals court affirmed the school board's decision.
Seattle Office for Education

Seattle Public Schools will get to keep using a controversial math textbook. An appeals court struck down a challenge to the "Discovering" math curriculum by a group of parents and local residents who call it “mathematically unsound.”

Read more
K-12 Education
4:52 am
Mon March 21, 2011

Kids develop math stereotypes in second grade, UW study finds

Students in a second grade class tackle math problems. A new UW study shows people form their math stereotypes at this age.
AP Photo

Girls start to think math is a boys’ subject when they’re just 7 or 8 years old. That’s what University of Washington psychologists found when they studied children’s stereotypes. They say those beliefs could play a major role in the choices kids make as they get older.

Read more
K-12 Education
5:08 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

City panel could soon oversee ethics at Seattle Public Schools

Seattle school and city leaders want the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission to take over the school district's ethics complaints.
Charla Bear KPLU

An independent watchdog committee could soon take over ethics investigations at Seattle Public Schools. The move is an effort to rebuild public confidence after an audit exposed questionable spending and a lack of oversight at the school district.

When state auditors investigated nearly $2 million in misspent funds by school district employees, they say an “atmosphere of fear and intimidation” was one reason whistle-blowers didn’t come forward. 

Read more
K-12 Education
8:43 am
Wed March 9, 2011

Get to know interim Seattle schools superintendent Susan Enfield

Interim Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield on her 3rd day on the job, March 7, 2011.
Charla Bear KPLU

Most people know very little about the new head of Seattle Public Schools. After Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson was fired over financial irregularities last week, the school board named Susan Enfield interim superintendent. Enfield had only been with the district for a year and a half as Chief Academic Officer. KPLU education reporter Charla Bear sat down with her to find out what she brings to Seattle schools besides an impressive resume...and dozens of rubber duckies.

Read more
Seattle Schools Scandal
3:32 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Urban League says it did nothing wrong

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, which received $595,000 from Seattle Public Schools, insists taxpayers got their money's worth despite a state audit report calling the payments of questionable value.

Read more
K-12 Education
3:40 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Alleged fraud in Seattle Public Schools could mean staff changes, criminal charges

The Seattle School Board says it will review all managers' potential involvement in recent fraud allegations, including Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson.
Gary Davis KPLU

The Seattle School Board could soon decide whether some district employees should lose their jobs over alleged fraud within the school system. This week, the board expects to receive the results of an investigation into $1.8 million dollars in contracts for services that might have never been completed, or even started. 

Read more
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.   

Read more
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:

Read more
K-12 Education
4:54 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Teach for America coming to Seattle this fall

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.

Read more
K-12 Education
4:00 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Seattle school officials proposing changes to enrollment plan

Some high school freshman could get new assignments for the 2011-2012 school year
Seattle Office for Education

Now that Seattle schoolchildren have settled in to the new student assignment plan, some changes are on the way.  The effort to place kids at neighborhood schools this year has hit a few bumps. 

Read more
K-12 Education
4:12 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

Community group sues to keep Teach for America out of Seattle

A group of Seattle parents and community members has filed a lawsuit to stop Seattle Public Schools from bringing Teach for America to the city.

Read more

Pages