Seattle Public Schools http://kuow.org en District Rescinds Planned Staffing Cuts At Seattle Schools http://kuow.org/post/district-rescinds-planned-staffing-cuts-seattle-schools <p>Seattle Public Schools has rescinded staffing cuts it planned to make at schools across the district.<br /><br />Superintendent Jose Banda said after analyzing the supplemental budget the Legislature passed last week, the district won’t need to reduce the hours of many secretaries, counselors and other employees. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:45:44 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 30813 at http://kuow.org District Rescinds Planned Staffing Cuts At Seattle Schools Budgets Voted Down In Protest Of Staffing Cuts At Seattle Schools http://kuow.org/post/budgets-voted-down-protest-staffing-cuts-seattle-schools <p>The staff at 31 Seattle public schools have voted down their schools’ proposed budgets to protest job cuts the district is calling for this fall.</p><p>Ingraham High School administrative secretary Mary Smith said her school's staff rejected a budget that would turn the assistant secretary, attendance specialist and fiscal specialist from full-time to half-time positions. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:52:14 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 30581 at http://kuow.org Seattle School Bus Drivers Authorize Strike Over Health Care Coverage http://kuow.org/post/seattle-school-bus-drivers-authorize-strike-over-health-care-coverage <p>School bus drivers in Seattle said they’re close to striking after talks broke down with&nbsp;their employer, First Student, a Seattle School District contractor.</p><p>More than 27,000 students depend on the yellow buses to get to school. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:56:06 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 29014 at http://kuow.org Seattle School Bus Drivers Authorize Strike Over Health Care Coverage Seattle School Board Approves New Busing Plan http://kuow.org/post/seattle-school-board-approves-new-busing-plan <p>Marcie Sillman talks with <a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=189059&amp;sessionid=7855dbbf0e4d191f6becf3ab430d38b7&amp;t">Seattle School Board</a> President Sharon Peaslee about the district's new busing plan that sets new departure and arrival times. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:20:33 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Andy Hurst 28337 at http://kuow.org Seattle School Board Approves New Busing Plan Superintendent Jose Banda On Seattle Schools In 2014 http://kuow.org/post/superintendent-jose-banda-seattle-schools-2014 <p>Marcie&nbsp;Sillman&nbsp;speaks with Jose&nbsp;Banda, Seattle Schools superintendent, <span style="line-height: 1.5;">about teacher evaluations, gifted programs, school boundaries and more.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:17:08 +0000 Marcie Sillman 26598 at http://kuow.org Superintendent Jose Banda On Seattle Schools In 2014 State Deal To Give Media Organizations Student Data Alarms Privacy Experts http://kuow.org/post/state-deal-give-media-organizations-student-data-alarms-privacy-experts <p><em>Editor’s Note: This story has been changed to strengthen its focus on student data privacy. The original version, which contained more specifics from an agreement between the state schools office and The Seattle Times, left some of our readers mistakenly believing that their children’s names and Social Security numbers had been released to the Times. While the story did not say that, we want to remove any doubts. The agreement can be viewed below.</em></p><p>KUOW has learned that the Washington state education department&nbsp;has&nbsp;signed agreements to share&nbsp;non-public student data with media organizations including&nbsp;The Seattle Times and The Associated Press. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:09:42 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 25720 at http://kuow.org State Deal To Give Media Organizations Student Data Alarms Privacy Experts Seattle School Board Approves New Boundary Plan http://kuow.org/post/seattle-school-board-approves-new-boundary-plan <p>Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW education reporter <a href="http://kuow.org/people/ann-dornfeld">Ann Dornfeld</a> about the Seattle School Board's decision to approve a new school-assignment plan. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 23:54:24 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Andy Hurst 24258 at http://kuow.org Seattle School Board Approves New Boundary Plan Seattle Parents Rankled By School District's Proposed Boundaries http://kuow.org/post/seattle-parents-rankled-school-districts-proposed-boundaries <p>At 6:55 a.m. last Friday, wearing a red backpack and holding an apple fritter, 11-year-old Arlo Jackson trudged out the door&nbsp;to Mercer Middle School.</p><p>"The cold air kinda wakes you up," Arlo said as he walked to his first stop, his friend Nico Binuya’s house. After Nico got a kiss from his mom, the two friends were on their way, chatting about “school, sports and, like, girls.” Wed, 20 Nov 2013 17:33:29 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 24142 at http://kuow.org Seattle Parents Rankled By School District's Proposed Boundaries Could A Wealthy Few Decide Seattle's School Board Races? http://kuow.org/post/could-wealthy-few-decide-seattles-school-board-races <p>Seattle school board candidate Suzanne Dale Estey and her supporters are poised to raise more money than any other school board candidate in state history – even though a Washington state law passed last year put a cap on campaign contributions in school board races. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:08:27 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 22244 at http://kuow.org Could A Wealthy Few Decide Seattle's School Board Races? Seattle School Board Candidates Clash On Testing, State Standards http://kuow.org/post/seattle-school-board-candidates-clash-testing-state-standards <p></p><p>One of the hottest races on Seattle&rsquo;s fall ballot isn&#39;t for mayor or city council, but&nbsp;a seat on the Seattle School Board. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:52:44 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 22179 at http://kuow.org Seattle School Board Candidates Clash On Testing, State Standards Garfield Students Suspended After Mass Hazing Incident http://kuow.org/post/garfield-students-suspended-after-mass-hazing-incident <p></p><p>Eleven students have been suspended from Garfield High School while the district investigates their roles in a September 27 hazing incident. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 15:20:18 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 21673 at http://kuow.org Garfield Students Suspended After Mass Hazing Incident Looking Ahead At The School Year With Superintendent José Banda http://kuow.org/post/looking-ahead-school-year-superintendent-jos-banda <p>It’s been one week since the first day of school, and to say that the start was rocky would be an understatement. A highly contested<a href="http://kuow.org/post/seattle-teachers-union-votes-today-tentative-agreement"> teacher contract debate</a> had parents worried whether schools would even begin on time last Wednesday. When school did open, software problems caused confusion all over the Seattle district. With all this news, it promises to be an exciting year. Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Superintendent José Banda about the first week and what’s on tap for the school year. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:24:10 +0000 Marcie Sillman 20134 at http://kuow.org Looking Ahead At The School Year With Superintendent José Banda Seattle Teachers Agree To New Contract On Eve Of First Day Of School http://kuow.org/post/seattle-teachers-agree-new-contract-eve-first-day-school <p><strong>UPDATE: 9/4/13, 10:31 a.m. PT</strong></p><p>About 1,800 teachers cast their votes in the Seattle Education Association general membership meeting at Benaroya Hall. Members voted first by voice, then by standing to clarify the count. One member moved to call for a ballot count, but there wasn't enough support from fellow members. Teachers present estimated that at least 60 percent of the votes were in favor of the contract.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 03:09:47 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 19659 at http://kuow.org Seattle Teachers Agree To New Contract On Eve Of First Day Of School Seattle Teachers, District Reach Tentative Contract Agreement http://kuow.org/post/seattle-teachers-district-reach-tentative-contract-agreement <p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; ">Seattle School District and its teachers' union have reached a tentative agreement on a new, two-year contract.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; ">The district and Seattle Education Association (SEA) bargained for more than 12 hours Saturday.&nbsp;The deal was finalized early Sunday morning.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; ">The district and union are waiting to publicly release details of the contract until SEA has been able to relay the offer to teachers.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; ">Last-minute sticking points involved teacher pay, work hours and using student test scores in teacher evaluations.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; ">Seattle teachers will vote on the contract Tuesday evening.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; ">School is scheduled to start on Wednesday.</span></p><p> Sun, 01 Sep 2013 16:10:08 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 19544 at http://kuow.org Seattle Teachers, District Reach Tentative Contract Agreement Seattle Teachers Reject District's Contract Offer http://kuow.org/post/seattle-teachers-reject-districts-contract-offer <p><em>Correction 8/27/13: In a previous version, the length of the district's contract offer was stated as three years. The current offer is for a two-year contract. The length of the contract is negotiable.</em></p><p>Seattle's teachers' union voted down the school district's two-year contract offer Monday night at Seattle Education Association's general membership meeting at Benaroya Hall.<br><br>Reporters were not allowed inside the meeting, but teachers&nbsp;said that the voice vote was nearly unanimous, with only several teachers of the hundreds present supporting the contract offer. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:46:56 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 19256 at http://kuow.org Seattle Teachers Reject District's Contract Offer