Youth & Education

low-income students
5:01 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Summit Focus on Feeding Low-Income Students on Weekends

Toby Talbot AP Photo

Schools feed low-income children breakfast and lunch during the week. But what about on the weekends?

That’s the subject of a backpack summit taking place in Seattle today. The goal is to figure out how to send kids home with backpacks filled with food on Fridays so they can start their week at school, ready to learn.

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growth boundary map
5:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Seattle Schools Taking Public Input on Proposed Map Change

Seattle Public Schools

Where should Seattle children go to school? That’s the question Seattle Public Schools is hoping to answer as it redraws the school assignment map.

But before the district makes its final proposal, it wants to hear what parents have to say. The district is holding two more community meetings tonight and tomorrow night. It is also taking community input online. 

Diana Bodwin, who lives in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood, says she had expected to enroll her 4-year-old son, Teddy, in what she thought was her neighborhood school, Maple Elementary School. But under the district's proposals, Georgetown children would be assigned to Van Asselt Elementary School, which is farther south.

"We know Maple. We know that we feel connected to it, and we were prepared for it. And we had a good experience and good recommendations from parents who had been there," said Bodwin.

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bullying
3:35 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

North Idaho Schools Launch Effort to Change Bullying Culture

Some parents have complained about bullying going un-checked in Coeur d'Alene schools.
Jessica Robinson

A north Idaho school district is launching a campaign to curb bullying.

School officials in Coeur d’Alene announced Wednesday the effort includes curriculum changes and focus groups with a cross section of student cliques. It’s a response to a spate of recent complaints from parents and students.

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Education
6:22 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Teachers Strike at Bellingham Technical College

Members of the Bellingham Education Association walk the picket line at Bellingham Technical College on Tuesday morning. College faculty members went on strike Tuesday over salaries, workload and covert surveillance of college employees.
BEA

A Whatcom County court has refused to order striking teachers back to the classroom at Bellingham Technical College Tuesday. They walked off the job after failing to reach an agreement with the school's administration on wages and other issues.

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charter schools
9:47 am
Mon September 23, 2013

State Taking Applications for Charter Schools

Washington state's new Charter School Commission has opened the statewide application process for charter schools.

The first step in the process is an Oct. 22 deadline for submitting a letter of intent to apply to open a charter school.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Nathan Hale High Nabs Big Radio Award

Who’s got the “best dance station” in the country? The answer is Seattle, thanks to the students at Nathan Hale High School.

The school's KNHC C 89.5 FM nabbed the Crystal Trophy for best dance station in the country during the Promo Only Summer Sessions national radio conference last month. The station beat out major commercial stations, as well as Sirius XM to claim the honor. 

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Education
5:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Union Vote Begins for Some PLU Faculty Members

Pacific Lutheran University

Disclosure: Pacific Lutheran University holds the license for KPLU, where on-air staff are affiliated with SAG-AFTRA.

Faculty members at Pacific Lutheran University begin voting Thursday on whether to unionize. It’s the result of a monthslong fight that has pitted PLU’s lecturers, adjunct professors and other non-tenure track instructors against the administration.

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Education
5:01 am
Wed September 18, 2013

As Enrollment Grows, Seattle Schools Mulls Boundary Changes

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Seattle Public Schools officials project enrollment will likely reach 60,000 by the year 2020—an increase of 9,000 students from the current population.

The growing student body is one of the biggest reasons why the district is proposing changes to the district's boundaries map

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student safety
6:22 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Survey: Drivers Not Stopping for School Buses

Chris Kalbfleisch Flickr

Do you stop for school buses?

A recent survey found Washington drivers are ignoring school buses' stop signs and flashing red lights, putting children's safety at risk.

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Higher Education
1:12 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

WSU Reports 2nd Highest Enrollment in History

Jimmy Emmerson Flickr

Washington State University is reporting the second-highest enrollment in its history at its four campuses.

The school on Wednesday reported 27,111 students signed up for classes, a drop of 123 students from last fall.

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Education
5:01 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Seattle Schools Win National Award for Family Engagement

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Johns Hopkins University has awarded Seattle Public Schools the 2013 Partnership District Award for family and community engagement.

The University's National Network of Public Schools noted Seattle not only has in place a family partnerships administrator, but also has several district programs that fuel stronger partnerships.

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Early learning
5:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Federal Budget Cuts Hurting Head Start Programs

Head Start

Fewer kids living in poverty are able to attend Head Start this school year due to the federal budget tightening known as sequestration. Head Start has been helping young children living in poverty get ready for school since 1965.

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teachers negotiations
4:20 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Snoqualmie Valley Teachers Approve Contract; Strike Averted

Teachers in the Snoqualmie Valley School District averted a strike when they voted to approve a new three-year contract late Sunday. 

The news came shortly after 10 p.m.—several hours after the Snoqualmie Valley Education Association announced the two sides had reached a tentative agreement. 

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Early Education
4:21 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Seattle Considers Proposed Universal Preschool Program

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Cliff Owen Associated Press

Seattle schoolchildren returned to school Wednesday, but some of the city’s kindergarteners have already fallen behind.

At least that’s how Seattle City Council member Tim Burgess sees things, which is why he’s proposing a universal preschool program for the city's 3- and 4-year-olds.

"We know what works in helping kids to be prepared, to learn, and to thrive starting in kindergarten, and it means investing early," Burgess said.

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teachers negotiations
7:51 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

School to Start on Time in Seattle, Snoqualmie, South Kitsap

The school year will begin on Wednesday for students in Seattle, Snoqualmie, and south Kitsap County after their teachers reached last-minute agreements with their respective districts Tuesday.

Late Tuesday, the Seattle Education Association voted to approve a two-year agreement reached with the school district over the weekend. The contract includes a longer work day for some, as well as higher pay. 

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