Seattle Public Schools http://kuow.org en Seattle School Board Picks Interim Superintendent http://kuow.org/post/seattle-school-board-picks-interim-superintendent <p>The Seattle School Board voted unanimously Friday to make Larry Nyland the interim schools chief to replace outgoing Superintendent Jose Banda.</p><p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:53:07 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 38549 at http://kuow.org Seattle Schools Chief Jose Banda May Leave For Sacramento http://kuow.org/post/seattle-schools-chief-jose-banda-may-leave-sacramento <p>Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda has been named the finalist for superintendent of Sacramento City Unified School District. If Banda accepts the position, he would be leaving Seattle after two years, with two years left on his current contract. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:24:05 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 36660 at http://kuow.org Seattle Schools Chief Jose Banda May Leave For Sacramento In Surprise Move, Seattle Schools Approve 'Singapore Math' http://kuow.org/post/surprise-move-seattle-schools-approve-singapore-math <p></p><p>Last week, the Seattle School Board voted 4-3 to adopt a new elementary curriculum, Math in Focus.</p><p>Parents and teachers had lobbied the district for years to use Math in Focus, described as “Singapore math.” Singapore has been consistently ranked as the highest-achieving country in the world. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:46:11 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 35946 at http://kuow.org In Surprise Move, Seattle Schools Approve 'Singapore Math' Proposed Sale Of Seattle Student Data Site Worries Officials http://kuow.org/post/proposed-sale-seattle-student-data-site-worries-officials <p>The potential bankruptcy sale of a company that stores online student data – including personally identifiable information for about 20,000 Seattle middle and high school students – has concerned the Federal Trade Commission and Seattle Public Schools.&nbsp; Fri, 30 May 2014 16:57:05 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 35468 at http://kuow.org Proposed Sale Of Seattle Student Data Site Worries Officials Researcher: More Recess Improves Student Attention http://kuow.org/post/researcher-more-recess-improves-student-attention <p>Ross Reynolds talks to Dr. Anthony Pellegrini, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Minnesota, about the role of recess in schools. Dr. Pellegrini has been researching the importance of recess since the early 1980s. Wed, 14 May 2014 22:43:58 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Cameron Drews 34473 at http://kuow.org Researcher: More Recess Improves Student Attention Recess Shrinks At Seattle Schools; Poor Schools Fare Worst http://kuow.org/post/recess-shrinks-seattle-schools-poor-schools-fare-worst <p>In decades past, elementary students had recess several times a day.</p><p>Today, parents and teachers across the country report dramatic cutbacks to that free time. In Seattle, the length of recess varies dramatically from school to school – from an hour to just 15 minutes. Wed, 14 May 2014 14:29:30 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 34304 at http://kuow.org Recess Shrinks At Seattle Schools; Poor Schools Fare Worst Seattle-Area Kids Don’t Get Enough P.E., But Who Is Keeping Track? http://kuow.org/post/seattle-area-kids-don-t-get-enough-pe-who-keeping-track <p>At a playfield in West Seattle, physical education teacher C.J. Sealey referees with a piercing whistle. Sealey aims to get these kids moving – after all, state law demands that elementary and middle school students get at least 100 minutes of P.E. every week. Tue, 13 May 2014 14:21:11 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 34283 at http://kuow.org Seattle-Area Kids Don’t Get Enough P.E., But Who Is Keeping Track? What Now For School Districts After Federal Waiver Loss? http://kuow.org/post/what-now-school-districts-after-federal-waiver-loss <p></p><p>School districts across Washington are examining how they’ll be affected by the state’s loss of its No Child Left Behind waiver and resulting loss of flexibility over how they spend $38 million in federal funding. That amount&nbsp;represents 20 percent of the&nbsp;federal Title 1 funding for&nbsp;the state's&nbsp;highest-poverty schools. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 00:23:31 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 33361 at http://kuow.org What Now For School Districts After Federal Waiver Loss? 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