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Elections 2012
3:38 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Charter Schools Initiative Passing Narrowly

Charter schools could come to Washington if I-1240 holds its lead.
Credit Flickr Photo/ccarlstead

The initiative to allow charter schools in Washington is narrowly passing with 51 percent of the vote. This was the fourth time the state’s voters considered charter schools. Supporters said charters would expand students’ educational options because charters aren’t bound by district or union rules.

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Ballot Initiatives
8:12 am
Tue November 6, 2012

What Happens After Vote On Gay Marriage, Pot And Charter Schools?

Credit Dey / Flickr

Marijuana legalization and same-sex marriage are hot-button issues on the Washington ballot. Even after the measures are decided, the debate will likely continue and changes won't happen overnight.

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Elections 2012
11:14 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Charter Schools' Fiscal Impact Unknown

If Initiative 1240 passes, public school funding would finance each charter school created under the law.

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Education
8:51 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Seattle Schools Not Meeting Five-Year Academic Goals

Four years into Seattle Schools' five-year strategic plan, all of the goals have yet to be met.
Credit Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools has not met any of the 23 student performance goals the district set for itself four years ago in its five-year plan called "Excellence for All."

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Law
8:56 am
Thu November 1, 2012

O'Dea HS Principal Resigns Amid Sex Abuse Claims

A member of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests outside Seattle’s O’Dea High School.
Credit Christine Beaderstadt

This story has been updated since it was first published.

A member of the Christian Brothers religious order who served as principal at Seattle’s O'Dea High School has resigned. Brother Karl Walczak is being accused of sexually abusing a minor in Chicago about 40 years ago.

The school is operated by the Christian Brothers but owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle.

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Higher Education
3:50 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Online Learning: Crediting The Classes

The crushing cost of student debt is leading schools, students and parents to look at alternatives provided by online learning. A leader in the field, Karen Symms Gallagher, dean of the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, sits down with Ross Reynolds for a discussion about the future of online learning for credit.

Elections 2012
9:20 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Grading The Charter School Claims

I-1240 class is in session.
Flickr Photo/ccarlstead

This fall, voters in Washington will decide whether to legalize charter schools in the state for the first time. Washington voters have considered charters three times before. But the details of charter school funding, oversight and independence can be confusing. So we took a red pen to claims by supporters and opponents of Initiative 1240, and gave each claim a grade to see who gets to go to the head of the class – and who needs to go back and check their work.

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Parenting
11:52 am
Mon October 22, 2012

"How Children Succeed" With Paul Tough

Character, not IQ, is the most important predictor of a child's success. That's what Paul Tough argues in his new book, "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character."


Tough uses research in neuroscience, economics and psychology to advocate a new way of thinking about children's success. He spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on September 20, 2012.

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Special Education
7:07 pm
Sat October 20, 2012

Special Ed In Seattle Public Schools "Atrocious," "Heartbreaking," Say Parents

Ryder on his first day of third grade.
Bridget Ambrose

Two-and-a-half years ago, KUOW brought you the story of Bridget Ambrose and her son Ryder. Ryder was in kindergarten at the time. He’s on the autism spectrum. At Ryder’s preschool, he’d gotten special education services like speech therapy and the social skills training that many kids with autism need to teach them how to interact with other kids.

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Sociology
12:43 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

The Teenage Dream: Fitting In, Yet Standing Out

RadioActive's Halle Bills takes a look at the high school tradition of hazing or "froshing." Froshing happens at high schools across the country. It is an initiation process where incoming freshmen are humiliated as they start the school year.  A source in our Public Insight Network helped make this story happen. 

Other
11:41 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Randy Dorn: Over $4 Billion Needed For State Education Funding

Schools Chief Rand Dorn needs an additional $4.1 billion to fully fund K-12 education in Washington state.
(AP Photo/John Froschauer, File)

Washington lawmakers have a mandate from the State Supreme Court to fully fund basic K-12 education.  State School Superintendent Randy Dorn says that will cost taxpayers an additional $4.1 billion per year.

Dorn’s running unopposed for a second term as Superintendent of Public Instruction.  He joins David Hyde to talk about school funding, the debate over charter schools and other issues in education.    
 

Elections 2012
8:52 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Seattle School Board Says "No" To Charter Initiative

Seattle School Board, 2012
Seattle Public Schools

The Seattle School Board said a unanimous "no" to charter schools last night. The board members approved a resolution against Initiative 1240, which would bring up to 40 charter schools to Washington over five years.

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Elections 2012
5:54 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

10 Donors Funded 91 Percent Of Charter Schools Campaign

Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR, Monday, Oct. 24, 2011.
(AP Photo/April L. Brown)

The campaign to bring charter schools to Washington state has now raised more cash than any other measure on the ballot. Donors have contributed more than $8.9 million to the Yes on 1240 campaign. Of that, 91 percent came from just ten people, according to the Public Disclosure Commission website.

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Family Pressure
5:45 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Her Immigrant Parents Chose Her College - And Her Career

Jane Wong never got to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up: her parents decided for her. “They decided that I would go into medical school,” she told RadioActive’s Kamna Shastri. “They decided that for my brother too. That was from when I was little, so I’ve sort of grown into the idea.”

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Elections 2012
9:00 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Debating I-1240: Should Washington State Make Room For Charter Schools?

Are charter schools the future of Washington's educational system?
Flickr photo/Barnaby Wasson (CC BY-NC-ND)

This November, voters once again have the chance to weigh in on whether to set up charter schools in Washington state. Forty-one states currently allow charter schools; Initiative 1240 is the fourth attempt since 1996 to pass a charter school law here. Supporters of charter schools say they will allow for more diversity and flexibility in education. Opponents argue charters lack a record of success and will mean a loss of revenue for public education.

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