Youth & Education

Education
6:50 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

After Weeks of Protest, Eastside Catholic's Head of School Resigns

Supporters of Mark Zmuda are seen rallying last month.
Alex Garland

The president of Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish has resigned in the wake of the students' protest over the school's decision to force out a gay vice principal who married his partner.

Sister Mary Tracy submitted her resignation to school trustees on Sunday, effective immediately. In an email sent to parents, staff and others on Tuesday evening, the school said a search for her replacement will begin soon.

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Education
5:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Design Competition Aims To Improve The School Lunch Experience

One of the ideas submitted to the "Redesigning the School Lunch Experience" competition
Design in Public

What can be done to improve the school lunch experience? That’s the question behind a new ideas competition in Seattle aimed at fighting child obesity and diabetes.

The Redesigning the School Lunch Experience competition offers a range of practical and playful solutions to inspire kids to make healthier food choices.

"Children spend an hour a day every weekday in their lives in a cafeteria," said Katherine Wimble, associate director of Design in Public, a nonprofit group with the Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects. "This is about seeing what innovative ideas could transform the whole experience so they can make healthier choices."   

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Education
4:05 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Charter School Applicants Pitch Their Proposals in Seattle, Tacoma

Those wanting to open up a charter school in the Seattle and Tacoma areas will be making public presentations over the next week and a half.

The state’s Charter School Commission is holding six public forums, which will help the commission decide which schools will open over the next two years.

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Education
3:25 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

State Supreme Court: Lawmakers Must Expedite Education Funding

Washington State Supreme Court

 

The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday ordered lawmakers to submit a complete plan by the end of April to detail how the state will fully pay for basic education.

The 8-1 ruling said that while the state made progress in last year's budget to increase funding for K-12 education, it was "not on target" to hit the constitutionally required funding level by the 2017-18 school year.

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Education
3:41 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Gov't Offers New Guideline For Classroom Discipline To Address Racial Disparity

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

The Obama administration has issued new recommendations on classroom discipline that seek to end the apparent disparities in how students of different races are disciplined for breaking school rules.

Government civil rights data show that black students without disabilities are more than three times as likely as whites to be expelled or suspended. Critics say that creates a "school-to-prison" pipeline because many students enter the criminal justice system for violations.

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Education
4:43 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Wash. State Tops Nation In Number Of New National Board-Certified Teachers

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Denis Poroy Associated Press

Washington state has the largest number of new National Board-certified teachers in the country.

A total of 516 new board-certified teachers have joined the state’s ranks. Washington now has more than 7,000 certified teachers, which puts the state in fourth place nationwide.

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Higher Education
12:58 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

State Audit Finds Misuse of Wash. College Credit Cards

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A new state audit has found Washington university credit cards were used to make more than $225,000 in purchases not allowed by state policies.

Most of the purchases were for alcohol or gifts. And the majority were made by people associated with the University of Washington.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

The Life Of A First-Year Teacher, In Six Emotional Stages

New teacher Erika McKamey (left) seeks counsel and advice from her teacher mentor Lynn Lofstrom. At this time of year, McKamey is in the "disillusionment" stage and is especially stressed out. But she's not ready to quit the profession.
Florangela Davila

It isn't easy being a teacher, especially a new one.

"The reality of the complexity of the job comes flying at you on Day One, when everything you learned in school needs to be in acted in reality, and you realize this is a really complicated job," said Jeanne Harmon, who directs support programs for new teachers at the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Education
11:11 am
Sun December 15, 2013

Started, But Didn't Finish GED? Deadline Looms

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Thousands of Washington residents who started the GED high school equivalency test sometime this past decade but never finished now have just a few weeks to complete their exams or start over.

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Education
1:04 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Court Ruling Could Impact How Charter Schools Get Funded

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A King County judge has ruled parts of the state’s charter school law are unconstitutional. But the nuances of the ruling have both supporters and opponents of charter schools declaring victory.  

If it’s confusing why both sides fighting something in court would be happy, it has to do with how you read what King County Superior Court Judge Jean Rietschel decided.

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Education
2:18 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Study: UW Program Curbs Teen Drinking, Smoking, Violence

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Dave Martin Associated Press

A free program developed by the University of Washington helps curb teen drinking and violence, according to new research.

The “Communities That Care” program takes a one-size-doesn’t-fit-all approach in tackling these problems.

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higher education
11:21 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Improving Economy Means Lower Community College Enrollment

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The improving employment picture in the Northwest isn't good news if you teach at a community college. Enrollment is dropping as more people head back to work. And that means there are fewer classes to teach.

Frank Goulard has taught math at Portland Community College for more than 30 years, so he knew what would happen when the economy started to tank five years ago.

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vocational ed
5:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Once Guitar Maker to the Famous Now Teaching Kids in Tacoma

Guitar maker Roy McAlister embracing his second career as a shop teacher at Stadium High in Tacoma
Florangela Davila

Tacoma public schools brings in professionals to teach their career and technical education classes: a former judge’s advocate, a former photojournalist—you get the point.

But the man who’s just started teaching wood shop at Stadium High? Well, he’s Roy McAlister and he's got some impressive, rock star-sized credentials.

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