education

School Rules
9:33 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Seattle Parents Rankled By School District's Proposed Boundaries

Arlo Jackson and Nico Binuya say it's important to them to be able to walk from their Beacon Hill homes to Mercer Middle School.
Tom Jackson

At 6:55 a.m. last Friday, wearing a red backpack and holding an apple fritter, 11-year-old Arlo Jackson trudged out the door to Mercer Middle School.

"The cold air kinda wakes you up," Arlo said as he walked to his first stop, his friend Nico Binuya’s house. After Nico got a kiss from his mom, the two friends were on their way, chatting about “school, sports and, like, girls.”

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Young Conservatives of Texas
7:18 am
Tue November 19, 2013

University Of Texas Students Cancel 'Catch An Illegal Immigrant Game'

Students walk through the University of Texas at Austin campus near the school's iconic tower in Austin, Texas.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 7:41 am

Update at 10 a.m. ET. Game Has Been Cancelled:

Our friends at NPR member station KUT report the Young Conservatives of Texas has called off a game of "catch an illegal immigrant," which had sparked condemnation from the University of Texas at Austin community at large.

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Research
9:39 am
Fri November 15, 2013

UW Regents Approve $123M Underground Animal Testing Lab

Shannon Leahy, Ane Mathieson and Amanda Schemkes were disappointed at UW Regents' approval for the new lab.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

The University of Washington Board of Regents unanimously voted to move ahead with a new, underground animal testing lab on Thursday, saying that it will mean better conditions for animals used in medical and scientific research. 

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Education
6:39 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

State Schools Chief Asks Legislature For Another $544M

Flickr Photo/Chris Campbell (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn is calling on the Legislature to add more than half a billion dollars for K-12 education over the next two years.

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Education Reform
8:49 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Meet The (Hopeful) Charters: Some Mixed Records, Others Just Failing

Thirty-one schools filed a notice of intent with the state to establish a charter school, over half of which would be in either King or Pierce county. The final deadline for completed applications is November 22.
Credit KUOW/Kara McDermott


Supporters of last year’s charter schools initiative in Washington state promised the law would bring successful charter models from across the country and improve academic outcomes for public school students.

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Higher Education
2:31 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

How A Student's Wealth Affects College Admission

High school seniors don't always realize that the college they are applying to may not be "needs blind."

Marcie Sillman talks with Scott Jaschik, editor and founder of Inside Higher Education, about how a student's wealth can affect the college admission process.

Math You Can Use
12:06 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

The Gift Of Multiplication

Dan Finkel, perpetuating the joy of math.
Math For Love

Seattle educator Dan Finkel says grown-ups often forget that math is not exotic to kids; it’s very close to them.

For example, Finkel recently taught a class kindergarteners and first graders, and he said to them, “You know what, let’s just count stuff today.” Immediately, the kids pointed to the windows and ceiling tiles and more. He told everyone to pick something and tell him how many there were. They dove right in.

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Guns
7:35 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Idaho School District Dumps Plan To Arm Teachers

Quagmar Flickr

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 4:16 pm

Officials at a school district in north Idaho say a plan to arm teachers is off. The proposal has been generating controversy in the Sandpoint area.

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Education
3:19 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Big Changes Coming To Washington's GED Test

Beginning in January, Washington’s high school equivalency test – the GED – will undergo a major overhaul. Many expect the exam to get a lot more challenging. That’s because the new GED test will align with Common Core, a set of academic standards adopted by Washington state in 2011.

Lou Sager, Washington state’s GED Administrator, talks with Steve Scher about what is changing with the GED.

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Education Reform
8:59 am
Wed October 23, 2013

A Look At Washington's First Charter School Contenders

Flickr Photo/Rocky Lubbers

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.

More than two dozen organizations say they’ll apply to start the state’s first charter schools.

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.

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Elections 2013
9:08 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Could A Wealthy Few Decide Seattle's School Board Races?

Suzanne Dale Estey and Sue Peters.
Candidate Websites

Seattle school board candidate Suzanne Dale Estey and her supporters are poised to raise more money than any other school board candidate in state history – even though a Washington state law passed last year put a cap on campaign contributions in school board races.

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Elections 2013
9:52 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Seattle School Board Candidates Clash On Testing, State Standards

Suzanne Dale Estey (left) and Sue Peters
Credit Candidate Websites

One of the hottest races on Seattle’s fall ballot isn't for mayor or city council, but a seat on the Seattle School Board.

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Military
9:35 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Student Vets Worry About Tuition Payments Amid Shutdown

University of Washington ROTC's Veterans Day 2012 ceremony.
Courtesy of HUMV/Sarah Koopai

For Tom Jenkins, a senior at the University of Washington and a veteran of the Air Force, the partial government shutdown has caused double stress: He has been furloughed from his part-time job as a reservist, and he may not receive veteran’s benefits.

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Public Education Funding
1:36 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Wash. Schools Superintendent Proposes Taxes For Education

Randy Dorn
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 2:14 pm

Washington schools chief Randy Dorn says the time has come to raise taxes to increase funding for public education. And he’s prepared to lead the fight.

Dorn styles himself as a bit of a maverick. He says his job is to make adults uncomfortable. He recently gave the legislature a grade of "incomplete" for its first down payment on a Supreme Court decision that says Washington is not adequately funding public schools.

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Decrease In Need-Based Aid
3:18 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

How Merit-Based Financial Aid Hurts Low-Income Students

Flickr Photo/Lucius Beebe Memorial Library

Many low-income students rely on need-based scholarships and grants to pay for college. But in recent years, universities across the country — and often states themselves — are turning away from need-based financial aid. Increasingly, they’re awarding student aid based on merit. Nationally, 29 percent of all student aid is now merit based. That number has nearly tripled over the past 20 years.

Catherine Rampell is an economics reporter for The New York Times. She talked with David Hyde about what's behind the trend.

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