Youth & Education

K-12 Education
8:53 am
Thu December 23, 2010

New study: seniority-based teacher layoffs can hurt student achievement

Flickr/sumrtime

A UW Bothell education research group finds the "last hired, first fired" formula when public school teachers are laid off can be detrimental to student achievement. Such policies are staples of teacher union contracts. The findings are drawing criticism from a national teacher's union, according to The Associated Press.

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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.

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K-12 Education
2:27 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

Bethel closer to ditching junior high schools

What's one way to end the terror of junior high?  Members of a Bethel School District committee think the answer is to create middle schools. 

The group of residents and staff from Pierce County’s third-largest school district voted Wednesday night to support switching the junior high configuration to a middle school model, reports the Tacoma News Tribune.

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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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K-12 Education
2:28 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

Supreme Court says state not shortchanging special education

The Washington Supreme Court has dealt a blow to a dozen school districts across the state that sought more money for special education.  Today, the court said the districts did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the state underfunds the programs, a violation of its constitution

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State Budget Crisis
9:49 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Governor orders cuts as preschool waitlist soars

The number of poor children on the waitlist for preschool in Washington has tripled over the past three years. And now the problem may get worse. Governor Chris Gregoire’s across-the-board budget reductions threaten to cut more than 100 kids who are already enrolled.

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Education
6:23 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Goodloe-Johnson apologizes for misrepresenting high school rates

Seattle Schools Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson apologized for an oft-repeated bad statistic about high school college-readiness rates. Goodloe-Johnson is seen here in at a school board meeting earlier this year.
Gary Davis/KPLU

It was a mistake that led to misinforming the public, says Seattle schools chief Maria Goodloe-Johnson.  She apologized at last night’s Seattle School Board meeting.  Goodloe-Johnson says she wants to assure the public that changes have been made to ensure it doesn’t happen again. 

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Education
5:10 am
Thu December 9, 2010

New push to help South King County students succeed

Renton High School students working on a recent edition of the student newspaper Arrow. South King County and south Seattle schools are being targeted for improvements to in student achievement.
Gary Davis/KPLU

A major effort launches today to help low-income students in South King County and South Seattle.  It’s a new approach to a decades-old problem – how to help disadvantaged kids succeed in school and beyond. 

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K-12 Education
6:36 am
Mon December 6, 2010

African Americans most affected by low-performing schools

African American students get tutoring and mentorship from The Urban League.
The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

African American kids are more likely than any other students to start their educations in Seattle’s worst public schools.  That’s according to a new report from University of Washington researchers.  Community groups and school district administrators say it means schools are disproportionately failing kids who already face big hurdles to education. 

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Philanthropy
2:51 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Paul Allen gives big donation to WSU for global health

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, right, Scott Carson, center, and Washington State University president Elson Floyd applaud with the WSU mascot "Butch" in Seattle on Dec. 2, 2010.
AP (Elaine Thompson)

Washington State University is getting the biggest donation in its history – from its most famous drop-out.  Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, is giving $26 million, to support the new School for Global Animal Health.  Allen’s donation is just a little bigger than one given by his old Microsoft pal Bill Gates two years ago. 


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K-12 Education
2:41 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Seattle may close another school

Alternative School #1 is a K-8 Seattle Schools program located in the norheast part of the city.
Seattle Public Schools

Seattle is considering yet another school closure, along with re-assigning some students away from popular but overcrowded schools. Closures and assignment changes caused conflict within the city’s public schools over the past few years.  That was supposed to be finished last year. 


But the Seattle Times reports some schools are under-enrolled and some are over-enrolled.  Alternative School #1 is battling to stay open. 

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Higher Education
11:22 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Cornish College names new president

Cornish College was founded in Seattle a century ago on Capitol Hill. Recently the school has expanded its campus to the Denny Triangle/South Lake Union area and constructed its first dorm.
Flickr photo by Rutlo

Cornish College will welcome its first woman president since the arts school was established by Nellie Cornish in 1914.  Dr. Nancy Uscher will leave her position as provost of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and join the Seattle arts school in August next year.

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K-12 Education
1:56 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

Schools superintendent moves to delay new graduation requirements

Seattle students get extra help with math
Seattle Office for Education

This year’s high school freshman and sophomores might have fewer graduation tests to dread if Randy Dorn has his way.  

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K-12 Education
6:20 pm
Mon November 29, 2010

Seattle gets peek at new Families and Education Levy

Kids participate in a preschool program funded by the Families and Education Levy
Seattle Office for Education

It’s been less than a month since the last election, and already Seattle officials are unveiling a measure for next fall’s ballot.  This week, the public will get its first glimpse at the next Families and Education Levy.  

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K-12 Education
11:06 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Seattle Schools okay contract with Teach for America

Seattle School board members (left to right) Michael DeBell, Steve Sundquist and Peter Maier, pictured here earlier this year. The board voted 6-1 last night to approve a contract with
Gary Davis/KPLU.

Teach for America is coming to Seattle Schools.  The school board voted overwhelmingly Wednesday evening to approve a contract for 20 to 25  positions starting next year. Teach for America places top college graduates in underperforming schools.


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