education reform http://kuow.org en Teachers Protest Gates Foundation-Backed Education Reforms http://kuow.org/post/teachers-protest-gates-foundation-backed-education-reforms <p>A coalition of teachers and their supporters marched through downtown Seattle Thursday afternoon to the headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.<br /><br />The local branch of a national organization that calls itself the Badass Teachers Association was protesting the education reform efforts the Gates Foundation has generously funded, from charter schools to the new Common Core State Standards. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:33:21 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 37182 at http://kuow.org Teachers Protest Gates Foundation-Backed Education Reforms What Does Progressive Education Look Like In Seattle Classrooms? http://kuow.org/post/what-does-progressive-education-look-seattle-classrooms <p>Marcie Sillman talks with co-founder of Social Equality Educators and high school teacher, Jesse Hagopian, about his goals for Seattle classrooms. Fri, 09 May 2014 21:27:39 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Hannah Burn 34163 at http://kuow.org What Does Progressive Education Look Like In Seattle Classrooms? 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? 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 Ruling Allows Charter Schools To Move Forward In Washington http://kuow.org/post/ruling-allows-charter-schools-move-forward-washington <p>A King County Superior Court ruling Thursday will allow the introduction of charter schools in Washington, but struck down part of the law as unconstitutional.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In her ruling, Judge Jean Rietschel upheld much of the charter school law, and the state attorney general said the state will continue to implement it. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 03:04:29 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 25401 at http://kuow.org Ruling Allows Charter Schools To Move Forward In Washington 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 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 Spokane Only School District Seeking Charter Authorizer Status http://kuow.org/post/spokane-only-school-district-seeking-charter-authorizer-status <p></p><p>Thirteen Washington districts formally expressed interest in being charter authorizers this spring, but only Spokane applied to the state by the July 1 deadline. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:02:10 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 15990 at http://kuow.org Spokane Only School District Seeking Charter Authorizer Status Olympia Update With Austin Jenkins http://kuow.org/post/olympia-update-austin-jenkins-0 <p></p><p>Washington state’s proposed marijuana rules were released yesterday, and critics are already weighing in. Plus, Republican legislators are pushing for education reform. David Hyde gets all the details from Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins.</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 18:28:27 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 13289 at http://kuow.org Olympia Update With Austin Jenkins Seattle Schools Chief Scales Back Controversial MAP Test http://kuow.org/post/seattle-schools-chief-scales-back-controversial-map-test <p>The standardized test that inspired boycotts by teachers across Seattle School District will be scaled back next school year.<br><br>In a <a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=294872&amp;sessionid=fc0b76f5be9b365d760464c5ea3e9378">letter</a> to district staff today, Superintendent Jose Banda announced that the Measures of Academic Progress&nbsp;test will still be required in kindergarten though eighth grade, but it will be optional at the high school level.</p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 13019 at http://kuow.org Seattle Schools Chief Scales Back Controversial MAP Test Should Principals Have Veto Authority Over Teacher Transfers? http://kuow.org/post/should-principals-have-veto-authority-over-teacher-transfers <p></p><p>State senate leaders plan to revive a bill in the upcoming special session that would allow school principals to veto teachers’ school assignments.&nbsp; Education “reformers” support the change.&nbsp; Teachers’ unions are opposed. Ross Reynolds interviews both sides. Tue, 07 May 2013 18:04:19 +0000 The Conversation With Ross Reynolds 12647 at http://kuow.org Should Principals Have Veto Authority Over Teacher Transfers? Pass A Citizenship Test To Graduate? http://kuow.org/post/pass-citizenship-test-graduate <p>It’s not just math anymore, students are falling behind in history and civics too. A new report by independent, non-partisan research organization — the Pioneer Institute — says the state of US history and civics education is so abysmal that it makes “reading, mathematics and science achievement seem robust by comparison.” Washington state’s record isn’t any better. The state received a D grade from educational excellence organization, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, for its quote “meager” US history standards.</p><p>To reverse this trend the Pioneer Institute report recommends a simple policy: require high school graduates to pass the US citizenship test. Ross Reynolds talks with Sandra Stotsky, professor of education reform and one of the authors of this report.</p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:15:57 +0000 The Conversation With Ross Reynolds 11627 at http://kuow.org 12 Wash. Districts File To Become Charter School Authorizers http://kuow.org/post/12-wash-districts-file-become-charter-school-authorizers <p></p><p><font size="2">Twelve Washington school districts have formally announced they’ll apply to become charter school authorizers. </font><font size="2">Bellevue, Highline, Kent, Tacoma, Spokane and&nbsp;Port Townsend&nbsp;are <a href="http://www.sbe.wa.gov/charters.php">among the districts </a>seeking the power to approve charter school applications in their regions. Those districts met the State Board of Education's April 1 deadline&nbsp;for notices of intent&nbsp;to apply for authorizer status.</font></p><p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:35:03 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 10815 at http://kuow.org 12 Wash. Districts File To Become Charter School Authorizers Washington Charter School Commissioners To Be Announced This Week http://kuow.org/post/washington-charter-school-commissioners-be-announced-week <p></p><p><span lang="">The first members of Washington state’s new <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=28A.710.070">Charter School Commission</a> are due to be appointed Wednesday. </span><span lang="">The commission will be able to approve some of the 40 charter schools allowed under the law voters passed last fall.</span></p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 02:11:05 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 9187 at http://kuow.org Wash. Teachers' Union President On How To Improve State K-12 Education http://kuow.org/post/wash-teachers-union-president-how-improve-state-k-12-education <p>This week we’ve been taking a closer look at the battle over how to improve state education.&nbsp; Today we get another perspective from Mary Lindquist, president of the state’s largest teachers' union, the <a href="http://www.ourvoicewashingtonea.org/">Washington Education Association.</a></p><p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Ross Reynolds 7857 at http://kuow.org Wash. Teachers' Union President On How To Improve State K-12 Education