education

U.S. Senator Patty Murray
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Ross Reynolds talks with U.S. Senator Patty Murray about her top legislative priorities for 2015.

When College Is Not For Everyone

Dec 17, 2014

There’s a disconnect between education and business, says Bill Symonds. He believes the education system is not adequately preparing young people to enter the workforce and lead successful lives.

One by one, in a room just off the gym floor at Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland, Calif., seventh-graders go on the interview hot seat.

Some 80 students have applied to be "peer leaders" in the school's new, alternative discipline program called "restorative justice."

Kyle McClerkins, the program's director, grills them on aspects of adolescent life: "What is the biggest challenge for middle school girls? What has changed about you from sixth grade to now?"

Scantron test sheet
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Ross Reynolds talks to Jesse Hagopian, history teacher at Garfield High School, about his book "More Than A Score: The New Uprising Against High Stakes Testing."

This week, school districts in Los Angles, New York, Chicago and several other big cities announced they would ban the purchase of chickens that have been raised on antibiotics to use in school lunches. The districts are part of the Urban School Alliance, which feeds about 3 million students every day.

When it comes to food assistance, a family’s home address can determine whether it can receive help from the government. In Oregon, for example, there are rural school districts where there is no free lunch.

But in Portland, needy students can get free lunch and breakfast — and now free dinners, too. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Rob Manning of Oregon Public Broadcasting reports.

Garfield High School
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Ross Reynolds talks with Jesse Hagopian, education reformer and Garfield High School history teacher, about the swift appointment of Larry Nyland as superintendent of Seattle Public Schools. We also hear from board president Sherry Carr.

Seattle Public Schools superintendent Larry Nyland.
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The Seattle School Board voted five to two Wednesday night to clear the way for Dr. Larry Nyland to become the city’s permanent schools superintendent. Nyland grew up in Seattle and graduated from Roosevelt High School. He came out of retirement last July to serve as interim schools chief.

Just before Thanksgiving the board made public their intention to forgo a national search and offer Nyland the post. That decision has been controversial.

When it comes to higher education, we've all heard the talking points: More people than ever are pursuing four-year degrees — despite skyrocketing tuition costs — because they don't have many other choices if they want to be competitive in the workforce.

Little children are big news this week, as the White House holds a summit on early childhood education on Wednesday. The president wants every 4-year-old to go to preschool, but the new Congress is unlikely to foot that bill.

Since last year, more than 30 states have expanded access to preschool. But there's still a lack of evidence about exactly what kinds of interventions are most effective in those crucial early years.

The new Recovery School is moving into the former Queen Anne High School gymnasium building.
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When teenagers with substance abuse problems get out of rehab and return to school, studies show that it’s likely that their peers will offer them drugs within the very first hour. That makes staying clean — or staying in school — difficult. Teens with drug and alcohol problems have a sky-high drop-out rate.

Public health officials say what young people need after rehab is a fresh start at a school focused on their needs and peers with the same goal to stay sober.

There are organizations pushing for more religious speech – and some demanding less. That’s a product of the country’s ongoing culture wars, but these cases aren’t changing the law – because the role of religious speech in public schools is already clear.
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Michael Leal, a student at Everett’s Cascade High School, had been suspended three times for passing out Christian literature and preaching on campus. The school worried his activities would offend other students.

It's Saturday in East Nashville, Tenn., and LaTonya White finds herself knocking on a stranger's door. It's awkward. Someone peers out at her through the window. White looks away, pretending not to notice. After an uncomfortable few seconds, the door finally cracks open. White seizes her chance:

"My name is LaTonya White. I'm the principal at Rosebank Elementary School. How are you doing?" she asks, glancing at the clipboard in her hands. On it: a list of families in the area with soon-to-be kindergartners. "Yes, you should have a child ready to come to school soon."

The Reverend Jesse Jackson speaks with KUOW's Marcie Sillman about tech industry diversity on the University of Washington campus on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014.
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The Reverend Jesse Jackson was scheduled to demonstrate this morning in front of Amazon headquarters in downtown Seattle.

Members of the Service Employees International Union rallied there in a show of support for efforts to unionize Amazon's security workers.

Jackson and his Rainbow PUSH Coalition have challenged tech firms around the country to release data on their employee demographics.

Seattle Public Schools superintendent Larry Nyland.
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The Seattle School Board has delayed a vote on whether to permanently hire Interim Superintendent Larry Nyland.

The vote was scheduled at a meeting Wednesday without any public announcement.

That’s in contrast to the board’s usual process when hiring a superintendent: a months-long national search followed by numerous community meetings with the candidates.

Last night Board President Sharon Peaslee moved to delay the vote by a week to December 10 in order to get more community input.

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