KUOW has learned that the U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into discipline rates in Seattle Public Schools. In an email, agency spokesman Jim Bradshaw told KUOW that its Office for Civil Rights is looking into whether black students in Seattle are disciplined "more frequently and more harshly" than white students for the same infractions.
It’s not news that government can get bogged down by layers of bureaucracy. The solution to cutting the red tape, says California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, is technology. He joins us to talk about his new book "Citizenville," and how to put technology to use to take citizens from observers to collaborators.
The first members of Washington state’s new Charter School Commission are due to be appointed Wednesday. The commission will be able to approve some of the 40 charter schools allowed under the law voters passed last fall.
Both of King County’s death penalty cases are on hold pending appeal to the Washington Supreme Court. A key issue in both cases is whether the defendants have experienced any hardships that should have required prosecutors to be more lenient.
What do politics have to do with professional sports? More now than ever according to Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation. Ross Reynolds talks to Zirin about the impact of politics in professional sports and what he learned while researching his new book "Game Over."
Some prisoners in Washington state are currently serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for crimes they committed when they were under the age of 18. Is that just? Last year, the US Supreme Court ruled that a mandatory life-without-parole sentence for juveniles violates the Eighth Amendment. Ross Reynolds explores what Washington state must now do.
When most of people think of reenactors, they think of people dressing in costumes, marching across a battlefield while fake cannons go off. But for a few people around Monroe, Georgia, reenactments mean something completely different: a chance to revisit a historic lynching. They reopen this wound every year not to celebrate the crime, but to pressure local law enforcement to reopen a cold case and apprehend the killers who many believe live among them today.
Many adults loved the Harry Potter series. Of course, adults weren't the target audience. The Hunger Games and the Chronicles of Narnia were also written for young adults, and yet they developed a loyal following among the older set. What other teen books would adults enjoy? Author and regular Weekday commentator Nancy Pearl joins us with some recommendations. What are your favorites? Call us at 800-289-5869. Email email@example.com or send us a tweet @weekdayKUOW.
A new study shows a convincing link between sugar consumption and diabetes. It’s the latest in a line of research that shows processed sugar is bad for our health. We talk with one of the study's authors, Dr. Robert Lustig of the University of California San Francisco, and Dr. David Katz of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center.