Youth & Education

Charter Schools
4:02 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Legal challenges ahead for charter schools?

I 1240 passed by a narrow margin, but legal challenges may await it.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Now that charter school backers have declared victory, opponents are readying possible legal challenges to the new law established by Initiative 1240.

State superintendent Randy Dorn has been warning for some time that he doesn’t believe the charter school law would be constitutional. Dorn’s office is charged with overseeing public schools in Washington, while the new charter schools would largely skirt his authority.

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Washington State University
3:27 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Sports ethics expert praises ex-WSU player for speaking out

A view of Washington State University's Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. Photo by Bobak Ha'Eri via Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 3:02 pm

A Pac-12 spokesman said the athletic conference does not have a timeline for completing a review of the WSU football program. Over the weekend, university president Elson Floyd asked for outside help to investigate claims by a player of abusive behavior by the coaching staff. Meanwhile, a sports ethics expert is praising the player for speaking out. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Mock elections, real democracy

A student at Chief Sealth International High School votes online in a mock election.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

As voters in Washington continue to mail in their ballots this week, a group of distinctly smaller citizens is weighing in online. Students across the state are voting in a pair of mock elections, giving democracy a dry run.

At Seattle’s Chief Sealth International High School. politics isn’t exactly front and center for a lot of students. Many do have opinions about the presidential race, or whether to legalize marijuana, but what about these guys Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna?

“No one really talks about that stuff at school,” said ninth-grader Janelle Barlow.

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Charter Schools
6:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Charter school initiative: How easy would it be to 'flip' a school?

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One item on the November ballot might look familiar to Washington voters, an initiative to allow charter schools. The deja vu could be because charter school measures have already gone before voters three times, most recently in 2004. 

But there’s a key difference this time that could have some far-reaching effects, and that’s what parent Steve Nesich wanted to talk about when he testified before the Seattle School Board about Initiative 1240.

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Education
4:08 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Enrollment up at Washington's universities despite economy

About a thousand more international students are hanging out on the University of Washington's Seattle campus this fall. But university officials say that doesn't mean they have cut back on the number of in-state students at the state's most selective public university.

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NPR education
7:37 am
Tue October 23, 2012

America's Facebook generation is reading strong

Pew's study found that 60 percent of Americans under 30 used the library in the past year.
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Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 2:53 am

In what may come as a pleasant surprise to people who fear the Facebook generation has given up on reading — or, at least, reading anything longer than 140 characters — a new report from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project reveals the prominent role of books, libraries and technology in the lives of young readers, ages 16 to 29. Kathryn Zickuhr, the study's main author, joins NPR's David Greene to discuss the results.

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Charter Schools
12:22 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Public education honchos gather in anti-charter schools camp

Charter schools opponent Melissa Westbrook urges the school board to come out against the initiative.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Some prominent education officials, including the top dogs in Seattle and in Washington State, want voters to reject a ballot measure that would allow up to 40 charter schools in Washington. Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn is announcing his opposition to Initiative 1240 Thursday morning, the day after Seattle School Board members voted unanimously to oppose the ballot measure. Seattle Superintendent Jose Banda recently reiterated his personal disapproval of the initiative as well.

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NPR Economy
4:15 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

The Accountant Who Changed The World

A page from Pacioli's math encyclopedia, Summa de Arithmetica, Geometria, Proportioni et Proportionalita.
via Jane Gleeson-White

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 1:04 pm

The story of the birth of accounting begins with numbers. In the 1400s, much of Europe was still using Roman numerals, and finding it really hard to easily add or subtract. (Try adding MCVI to XCIV.)

But fortunately, Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) started catching on, and with those numbers, merchants in Venice developed a revolutionary system we now call "double-entry" bookkeeping. This is how it works:

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Education and history
10:08 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Opium U? University of Idaho gets big collection of opium pipes

Donor Steven Martin and UI curator Priscilla Wegars hold antique opium pipes. Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 3:23 pm

MOSCOW, Idaho - The "world's most comprehensive collection" of opium smoking paraphernalia has a new home; it's at the University of Idaho. A writer and collector, originally from San Diego, donated the exquisite antiques.

It's taking weeks to carefully unpack and catalogue all the opium smoking implements and accessories. Collector Steven Martin estimates he donated at least 1,000 pieces... ceramic opium pipe bowls, ornamented heating lamps, traveling kits, scrapers, old photographs and mug shots.

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Education
8:24 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Idaho school bans 'Like Water for Chocolate' for sexual content

"Like Water for Chocolate" has become a contemporary classic of Latin American literature, but has drawn complaints from some school districts in Wisconsin, Arizona and now Idaho. Photo by Lester Public Library via Flickr

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 5:41 pm

A school district in southwest Idaho says the book “Like Water for Chocolate” is inappropriate for high school sophomores. It’s banning the book from the curriculum.

The 1989 book by Mexican author Laura Esquivel includes vivid descriptions of sexual arousal. Nampa School District spokeswoman Allison Westfall says over the weekend, administrators reviewed the passages after receiving complaints.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Want to weigh in on Seattle schools' billion-dollar ask?

About 200 parents and students showed up at Seattle Public Schools' first public meeting on its upcoming levies.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Seattle Public Schools will ask voters next year to approve more than a billion dollars in taxpayer funding, and this week the public will have two chances to weigh in on the district's proposal and its priorities.

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Education
5:02 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Report: Seattle schools scandal went deeper than thought

School board member Sherry Carr called the revelation of an additional $1.3 million in misspent funds "an outrage."
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

The Washington state auditor has uncovered another batch of questionable spending by Seattle Public Schools in recent years, widening a scandal that cost a former superintendent her job. The new investigation found that former district official Silas Potter, Jr. made even more inflated payments than was previously known, spending millions of taxpayer dollars on work that was never done or grossly overpriced.

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Education
5:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Can you turn around a struggling school without tearing it down?

Baker Middle School in Tacoma is moving into year two of its ambitious strategy to get nearly every teacher National Board certified.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

School districts are often encouraged to make sweeping changes in order to lift up low-achieving schools. Shutting a school down and overhauling it or replacing most of the staff are among the solutions favored by federal officials these days. But one struggling school in Tacoma is taking an opposite approach: they’re doubling down on the teachers they already have.

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Education
10:24 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Ebbing community college enrollment a promising sign for economy in NW

Enrollment at some Northwest community colleges is expected to go down for the first time since the recession began. Photo by Lindsey Allen via Flickr

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 8:41 am

The latest community college enrollment numbers may hold a clue to what’s happening in the Northwest’s economy. Some two-year institutions in the region are seeing the first decline in class registration since the recession.

At the bookstore at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, the piles of textbooks students buy are kind of like a bar graph for the local unemployment rate.

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Education
10:19 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Toppenish high principal is national principal of the year

Trevor Greene, principal of Toppenish High School.

The principal of rural Toppenish High School, south of Yakima, has been named national high school principal of the year and will be honored in Washington, D.C. in a few weeks.

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