public education http://kuow.org en Here Are Washington's New Prospective Charter Schools http://kuow.org/post/here-are-washingtons-new-prospective-charter-schools <p>Seven organizations have filed to open charter schools in Washington in the state’s second-ever round of applications.</p><p>The proposed schools include California-based charter chains… a bilingual school… and a school that would teach partly in sign language.</p><p>Three of the schools would be in Spokane, with the rest in Seattle, Sunnyside, and Pierce and Clark Counties.</p><p>Three of the groups had applied unsuccessfully to open schools last year.</p><p>The state’s charter school authorizers will decide which applications to approve, if any, by mid-October.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:06:17 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 38396 at http://kuow.org 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? Is Common Core A Good Fit For Kindergarten? http://kuow.org/post/common-core-good-fit-kindergarten <p></p><p>As school districts across Washington integrate the new Common Core State Standards in reading and math into their curricula, some kindergarten teachers say the standards are&nbsp;squeezing out other important lessons that young children need to succeed in school – and life. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:30:27 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 32339 at http://kuow.org Is Common Core A Good Fit For Kindergarten? 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Seattle Public Schools has rescinded staffing cuts it planned to make at schools across the district.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 Charter Commission Advised To Approve Only Six Schools Thursday http://kuow.org/post/charter-commission-advised-approve-only-six-schools-thursday <p>The Washington State Charter School Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on the 19 charter applications it received.<br /><br />The commission hired outside evaluators, who advised that only six out of the 19 applications be approved. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:17:29 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 27898 at http://kuow.org Charter Commission Advised To Approve Only Six Schools Thursday Parents Pack Meetings With Charter School Hopefuls http://kuow.org/post/parents-pack-meetings-charter-school-hopefuls <p>The Washington State Charter School Commission is wrapping up three weeks of <a href="http://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/education/commission/documents/pressRelease_20131227.pdf">public hearings </a>for 19 proposed schools. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 27253 at http://kuow.org Parents Pack Meetings With Charter School Hopefuls Supreme Court To State: Figure Out Education Funding By April http://kuow.org/post/supreme-court-state-figure-out-education-funding-april <p>The Washington state Supreme Court has found that state lawmakers have once again failed to make significant progress toward fully funding basic education, and&nbsp;ordered the Legislature&nbsp;to submit a K-12 funding plan by April 30. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:01:30 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 26871 at http://kuow.org Public Hearings On Charter School Proposals Begin Today http://kuow.org/post/public-hearings-charter-school-proposals-begin-today <p>The Washington State Charter School Commission will host nine public forums around the state this month regarding the 19 charter school proposals it is considering. The first one is&nbsp; Monday afternoon in Spokane.</p><p>Each forum will focus on up to three proposals, and begin with a presentation from the charter applicants.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:27:31 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 26608 at http://kuow.org 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 Charter Schools' Volunteer Demands Could Deter Poor Families, Critics Say http://kuow.org/post/charter-schools-volunteer-demands-could-deter-poor-families-critics-say <p>Proposals&nbsp;for Washington state's first-ever&nbsp;charter schools&nbsp;include&nbsp;a wide range of educational models, from a focus on team sports to a military school. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:59:46 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 25261 at http://kuow.org Charter Schools' Volunteer Demands Could Deter Poor Families, Critics Say 22 Contenders Vie To Become State's First Charter Schools http://kuow.org/post/22-contenders-vie-become-states-first-charter-schools <p>A military school for at-risk youth.</p><p>A high school that uses sports to teach life lessons.</p><p>A school focused on special education.</p><p>These are three of the 22 proposals&nbsp;for Washington state’s first charter schools that made it in by last Friday’s deadline.<br /> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 01:13:49 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 24445 at http://kuow.org 22 Contenders Vie To Become State's First Charter Schools A Look At Washington's First Charter School Contenders http://kuow.org/post/look-washingtons-first-charter-school-contenders <p><em>Correction 10/24/2013: This story has been changed to correct the number of schools that can be approved in the first round of applications.</em></p><p>More than two dozen organizations say they’ll apply to start the state’s first charter schools.</p><p>Included among them: A school for gifted early elementary students in Spokane Valley; a Tacoma branch of the national charter chain Green Dot; and a Seattle elementary for kids who have experienced extreme trauma. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:59:46 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 22507 at http://kuow.org A Look At Washington's First Charter School Contenders Is Pitbull 'Mr. Education'? Rapper Opens Charter School In Miami http://kuow.org/post/pitbull-mr-education-rapper-opens-charter-school-miami Rapper Pitbull (Armando Christian Pérez) is the latest in a long list of celebrities lending their star power to the flourishing charter school movement. Alicia Keyes, Denzel Washington, Shakira, Oprah — all support or sponsor charter schools.<p>The <a href="http://www.slammiami.com/" target="_blank">Sports Leadership And Management Academy (SLAM)</a>, Pitbull's new public charter school for students in grades six through 12, opened this fall in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 22111 at http://kuow.org Is Pitbull 'Mr. Education'? Rapper Opens Charter School In Miami The Seattle Teachers Union Votes Today On Tentative Agreement http://kuow.org/post/seattle-teachers-union-votes-today-tentative-agreement <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">The Seattle teachers union and the school district have reached a tentative agreement on a new two-year contract. The union will vote on the agreement today, on the eve of the first scheduled day of school. Marcie Sillman talks with Ballard high school teacher,&nbsp;Noam Gundle and Chris Eide, executive director of independent teachers group Teachers United, to get their perspectives on the agreement.</p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">Sillman also spoke with KUOW reporter Ann Dornfeld who explained the main issues surfacing in the contract negotiations.</p><p></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 23:48:27 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Hannah Burn 19629 at http://kuow.org The Seattle Teachers Union Votes Today On Tentative Agreement