education

College Tuition
11:11 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Paying For College Without Going Broke

Peter Patau shares this photo from a University of Wisconsin, Madison, football game in 1979. He writes, 'Resident undergrad tuition and fees at UW-Madison were $769 for the 1979-80 academic year; [in 2012] they total $9,665.'
Flickr Photo/Peter Patau

The average cost of a four-year public college shot up 6 percent last year to over $17,000 a year on average. Private colleges are up to over $35,000 a year (beer and togas not included.) So how do parents pay for college these days without going broke? Ross Reynolds talks with Kalman Chany, author of "Paying for College Without Going Broke," about the GET program and other ways to fund your child's higher education.

Initiative 1240
4:40 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Union-Led Group Calls For Challenge To Washington Charter School Law

A group that includes Washington’s largest teachers’ union has formally asked state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to challenge the constitutionality of the state’s new charter school law.

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Federal Budget Cuts
8:47 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Universities Say Research Funding Cuts May Bring Job Cuts

Jimmy Emerson Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 4:59 pm

The Northwest's public universities pull in massive amounts of federal research dollars. It totaled $1 billion last year at the University of Washington. Oregon State University won close to $200 million in federal research funds. The University of Idaho is counting on $100 million this year. So it's no surprise that university administrators are hanging on every scrap of news about imminent automatic federal budget cuts.

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Education
11:44 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Homeschooling Gains Ground In Washington

Students dissect fish as a homeschool project.
Flickr Photo/Bill Townsend

  There are now 1.9 - 2.5 million home-schooled students in the United States. And this year, over 16,000 children are homeschooled in Washington state.

Parents give many different reasons for homeschooling their children: religious or moral convictions, for instance, or concerns about safety in the public school environment. Dissatisfaction with the academic standards of public schools is another reason cited by some parents.

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Academic Equity
9:51 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Proposed Law Would Require Wash. Schools To Enroll Students In AP Classes

High school Advanced Placement (AP) classes have traditionally been the domain of academically strong students who want an extra challenge. Now Washington state lawmakers are considering legislation based on a policy in the Federal Way school district that puts all kids who meet basic standards into AP and other advanced classes. The goal is to make more low-income kids of color ready for college.

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State Of The City Address
6:44 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Seattle Mayor Launches Preschool Teacher Training Program

Seattle’s mayor is launching a new program aimed at improving instruction in the city’s preschools. Mayor Mike McGinn announced the initiative in his State of the City address Tuesday.

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Education Reform
3:38 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Michelle Rhee: A "Radical" On Education Reform

Michelle Rhee, author of "Radical: Fighting To Put Students First?"
Credit Flickr photo/The National Academy Of Sciences

Michelle Rhee says our education system is failing. The founder and CEO of StudentsFirst and former chancellor of Washington, DC, public schools says she would rigorously evaluate teachers, end tenure and boost pay for high-performing teachers while firing the least effective. Her critics say her reliance on test scores and support for school vouchers would destroy the public education system. Michelle Rhee joins us for a conversation about students, standardized tests, teachers unions, charter schools and her new book, "Radical: Fighting to Put Students First."

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Preschool Incentive Programs
12:04 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Spend A Dollar, Save Seven? What Is The Math Of Early Education Funding In Washington?

The president’s proposal to improve quality and accessibility of preschools includes a cost-sharing partnership with all 50 states. Federal funds would go to expand high-quality public preschools, open to low- and moderate-income four-year-olds from families at or below 200 percent the poverty level.

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Education
9:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Can We Still Afford Higher Ed?

Is higher education financially possible for Washington students?
Credit Flickr illustration/Curtis Cronn

Recent debate over the future of the state's pre-paid tuition program and the continually rising cost of college raises a larger question: Who is going to pay for a college education? It used to be that Washington state paid most of the cost of a public university degree. Today, students must find most of the funds. As costs rise, how will society keep higher education affordable? William Zumeta heads the graduate program at the Evans School of Public Affairs and has written about the costs of college. He joins us to talk about how we can make sure people in Washington state can pursue higher education without having to go into crushing debt.

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Education
12:00 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Wash. Teachers' Union President On How To Improve State K-12 Education

Flickr Photo/ccarlstead (CC BY-NC-ND)

This week we’ve been taking a closer look at the battle over how to improve state education.  Today we get another perspective from Mary Lindquist, president of the state’s largest teachers' union, the Washington Education Association.

Education
12:10 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Are Republicans Washington's Mavericks In Education Reform?

Education mural at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle campus.
Gates Foundation

Former gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna supported charter schools, and some are arguing that his grand old party is leading the way on education reform while democrats in Olympia simply tout old policy. Ross Reynolds talks with Tacoma News Tribune columnist Peter Callaghan.

Standardized Test Boycott
7:32 am
Wed February 6, 2013

MAP Test Finally Given At Garfield High, But Few Students Show Up

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent José Banda directed administrators at Garfield High School to give the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test Tuesday despite a mass boycott by the school’s teachers.

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Financial Aid Eligibility
5:40 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Legislators Consider College Aid For Undocumented Students

Credit wisetechcolleges / Flickr

On Wednesday, hundreds of immigrants and advocates plan to gather in Olympia to lay out their priorities for lawmakers. One top issue is called the Washington Dream Act, which state Senator Ed Murray, D-Seattle, introduced today. Under the measure, undocumented college students would become eligible for state financial aid.

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Education Funding
12:00 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Battle Over K-12 Education In Washington State

Washington state capitol in Olympia.
Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova

Yesterday Ross talked to the Republican Senate chair of the Early Learning and K-12 Education committee. Today he follows up with Democratic State Senator Rosemary McAuliffe. How do Republicans and Democrats differ in their goals and strategies for improving state education? 

Education
10:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

State Searches For Answers On Education Funding

Highline Superintendent Susan Enfield.

Despite a state Supreme Court ruling that Washington is underfunding public education to the tune of $1 billion, state legislators so far seem to be talking more about policy changes than new dollars. Highline School District Superintendent Susan Enfield sat on the state's Joint Task Force on Education Funding. Their report is in. What now? Susan Enfield joins us with her thoughts about how the state should move forward.

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