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An Idaho House committee introduced a revised plan for increasing teacher pay Wednesday.

Robert Robinson listens as Seattle Police Detective D. "Cookie" Bouldin reads a poem at a memorial for his son, Robert Jr.
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The site of Sunday's shooting in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood has turned into a shrine and gathering place for people remembering Robert Robinson, Jr. KUOW's John Ryan reports.

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Survey: Are You Opting Out Of Standardized Tests?

Mar 16, 2015

Right now, high school seniors across the country are trying hard not to think about what is — or isn't — coming in the mail.

They're anxiously awaiting acceptance letters (or the opposite) from their top-choice colleges and universities. But this story isn't about them. It's about a big group of seniors who could get into great schools but don't apply: high-achieving students from low-income families who live outside of America's big cities.

In Puyallup, one of many portable classrooms used to relieve school overcrowding. The portable is decorated with a mural painted by kids: it shows an apple tree, a hand and an American flag.
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Many suburban school districts around Seattle, children crowding into their classrooms, can’t get a bond or a levy past voters. That’s put pressure on schools to find other, less than ideal solutions.

Student activists Angela Feng, Sarra Tekola and Alex Lenferna of Divest UW appear before the UW Board of Regents on Thursday to urge the university to get rid of its coal investments..
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Student activists at the University of Washington urged the Board of Regents on Thursday to dump the university's investments in coal.

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Marcie Sillman talks to Roger Roffman, University of Washington professor emeritus, about new legislation that would allow researchers in Washington state to apply for a marijuana research license.

Ditching The Common Core Brings A Big Test For Indiana

Mar 12, 2015

Every eldest child knows all too well: Going first can be tough.

There's no one to help you pick the good teachers at school or give you advice on how to tell Mom and Dad about that fender bender.

Right now, Indiana is the firstborn, feeling its way through some thorny — and consequential — education decisions with little precedent to lean on.

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Anya Kamanetz, NPR’s lead education blogger, about her new book, "The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed With Standardized Testing -- But You Don't Have To Be." She explains both sides of the controversy over standardized tests in public schools and why Seattle has become a center for the debate. 

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Marcie Sillman talks with Ellen Selkie, who works in the Adolescent Medicine division at Seattle Children's Hospital, about her recent study on the effects of college cyber bullying. 

For many years, if a public school district wanted to serve students apples or milk from local farmers, it could face all kinds of hurdles. Schools were locked into strict contracts with distributors, few of whom saw any reason to start bringing in local products. Those contracts also often precluded schools from working directly with local farmers.

Idaho school districts say the state needs to offer better pay if it’s going to attract qualified teachers -- or keep the ones it has.

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Marcie Sillman speaks with University of Washington researcher Kevin Haggerty, who says confusion over the state's marijuana law gets in the way of important conversations about teen drug use. 

University Of Washington Ranked Best In The West For Value

Mar 9, 2015
University of Washington's Suzzallo Library.
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Kim Malcolm talks with Paul Glastris, editor-in-chief of the Washington Monthly, about the University of Washington topping the "best bang for the buck" list for Western schools in "The Other College Guide."

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