education

Standardized Testing
6:00 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Seattle Schools Chief Scales Back Controversial MAP Test

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The standardized test that inspired boycotts by teachers across Seattle School District will be scaled back next school year.

In a letter to district staff today, Superintendent Jose Banda announced that the Measures of Academic Progress test will still be required in kindergarten though eighth grade, but it will be optional at the high school level.

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Education Inequality
4:00 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

It Was The Best Of Education, It Was The Worst Of Education

Flickr Photo/Jamil Soni Neto

Overall, the United States has more top-performing students than any other developed nation. That’s according to new research by the Economics Policy Institute. Our problem, however, is a massive education gap.

Ross talks with Professor Hal Salzman from Rutger’s School of Planning & Public Policy about why this is and what should be done.

Education
11:04 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Should Principals Have Veto Authority Over Teacher Transfers?

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State senate leaders plan to revive a bill in the upcoming special session that would allow school principals to veto teachers’ school assignments.  Education “reformers” support the change.  Teachers’ unions are opposed. Ross Reynolds interviews both sides.

Education In America
12:12 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Smart Enough To Get Into College, Not Smart Enough To Go?

Flickr Photo/Ted Major

Nearly half of all US undergraduates show up to their first day of class unprepared for the rigors of college life. Many of these students require extra education to ready them for their college courses.

These extra classes cost time and money, leading students to drop out or pile on additional debt. To solve this, some colleges are turning to the fast-growing supply of online courses to help prepare their freshmen for college.

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Financial Advice
12:40 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

How To Make Sure Your Kids Are Good With Money

Stackin' cheddar.
Flickr Photo/Shana

In Washington state there are no requirements to include financial education in school curriculum. As a result, most kids graduate high school financially illiterate.

While parents often give their children an allowance to teach financial responsibility, there is little emphasis on what to do with that allowance. Should it be school’s responsibility to teach financial education? What should parents be doing?

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International
9:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

National Teacher Of The Year, Vali Nasr, And Being Bipolar

Vali Nasr speaking at World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2013.
Flickr Photo/World Economic Forum

2013 Teacher Of The Year
Jeff Charbonneau, a science teacher from Zillah, Washington, has been selected as 2013 National Teacher of the Year. He’ll share his wisdom and teaching style with us while en route to the White House for his award ceremony.

The Dispensable Nation
President Obama’s foreign policy emphasizes China and Asia instead of the Middle East and Europe. The administration is shifting military resources and diplomatic energy as China expands its global footprint. Former State Department Policy Advisor Vali Nasr says President Obama’s foreign policy is too cautious and a danger to the future peace and security of the planet.

What Is It Like To Be Bipolar? Part 2
What does it feel like to be bipolar? How does the mental illness affect family and relationships? What misunderstandings are held by the general public? Does a person who is bipolar consider themselves “crazy?” Author Janine Crowley Haynes considers these questions in her memoir "My Kind of Crazy: Living in a Bipolar World."

The Weather And Hike Of The Week
Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.

High School Exit Exams
12:16 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

New Wash. Math Requirement May Delay Graduation For 3,730 High School Seniors

Math is the only state standard standing in the way of graduation for 3,730 high school seniors.
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Two months before high school commencement, 9,083 seniors still haven’t passed Washington state’s new math graduation requirement.

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High School Education
12:15 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Pass A Citizenship Test To Graduate?

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.

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.

Education
9:00 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Closing The Opportunity Gap For Students Of Color

Closing the opportunity gap for students.

Trish Millines Dziko co-founded the Technology Access Foundation in 1996 to provide science, math, engineering and technology education for Seattle's students of color. Access to technology has improved since the foundation was created, but many low-income students and students of color still face obstacles to becoming innovators and creators. How can we close the gap so all students have equal opportunities? Can programs like this work in all of our school districts? Trish Dziko joins us.

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College Goals
12:00 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Who Needs A Ph.D. When You Can Get A "Mrs." Degree?

What degree are you striving for?
Flickr Photo/Joe Shlabotnik

Recently, Princeton alum Susan Patton prompted a heated discussion when she urged women at the Ivy League school to find a husband before graduating. She argued that men regularly marry women who are younger, less intelligent and less educated. Patton thinks Princeton women should marry a man who is their intellectual equal. What do you think about the "Mrs." degree? Ross Reynolds talks with listeners about the poorly received push for a "Mrs." degree.

Funding Education
9:09 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Washington House Democrats: Extend Taxes, End Tax Breaks To Fund Schools

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 4:45 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington House Democrats have unveiled a proposed two-year budget that looks a lot like Governor Jay Inslee’s. It would renew expiring tax hikes, close several tax exemptions and put the new money into public schools.

House Democrats would actually spend a tad more than the governor. But their approach is very similar. For example: extend an expiring tax on beer and end the sales tax exemption for bottled water and shoppers from sales tax free Oregon.

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Financing Higher Education
12:00 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

What Happens In Washington If Student Loan Interest Rates Rise?

Will increased student loan interest rates change your views on higher education?
Flickr Photo/Dave Herholz

The interest rate on many student loans is scheduled to double on July 1, to 6.8 percent from 3.4 percent. That was expected to happen last year, but Congress voted to extend the lower rate. If the student loan interest rate does increase it will be way above loans for cars or even homes. Ross Reynolds talks with The Chronicle of Higher Education's chief Washington reporter, Kelly Field about the potential impacts of rising student loan interest rates. 

Schools Financial Scandal
3:01 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Former Seattle Schools Official Silas Potter Pleads Guilty To Theft

Silas Potter and his attorney Seth Conant in King County Superior Court December 7, 2012.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

After his re-arrest on Saturday, former Seattle Public Schools official Silas Potter pleaded guilty Monday to 36 counts of theft for directing $168,275 in school district funds to a dummy company he controlled.

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Creative Accounting
6:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Many Wash. Districts Have Been Exaggerating Graduation Rates

Graduation rate calculations, long based on districts' subjective determinations, will now be standardized nationwide.
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In 2011, the Washington Association of School Administrators named Mary Alice Heuschel Superintendent of the Year. In a promotional video for the award, Heuschel described how she helped transform the Renton School District in her five years as superintendent.

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Early Learning
4:54 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Two Seattle Head Start Programs Deemed Low-Quality, Lose Funding

The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation Head Start program, one of two Washington programs to lose federal funding, is located at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Seattle's Discovery Park.
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  Two Seattle Head Start programs have lost their federal funding after they failed to meet quality standards. It's the first round of contract terminations in the new push by the Obama administration to improve the early learning programs for low-income kids.

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