education

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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Election 2012
9:54 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Seattle Schools Chief Opposes Charter Initiative

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda
Credit Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda says he’ll vote “no” on Initiative 1240, which would legalize charter schools in Washington state.

I-1240 would allow up to 40 charter schools in Washington state over five years. Proponents of I-1240 say it would give parents and students more school choice.

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Seattle Public Schools
4:21 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Insurance May Only Pay School District Fraction Of Misspent $3.1M

Silas Potter
Credit Hillsborough County Jail

Seattle Public Schools’ attorney says the district will likely only get a $280,000 insurance settlement after the $3.1 million financial scandal involving former district official Silas Potter.

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Budget
4:27 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Wash. Schools Chief Asks For 39 Percent Budget Increase

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn speaks in Olympia, Wash., to the House Education Appropriations Committee in 2009.
(AP Photo/John Froschauer, File)

Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn has asked for an additional $4.1 billion for basic education in his biennial budget proposal, a 39 percent increase compared to the current budget. Dorn says that’s what it’ll take for the state Legislature to fulfill its constitutional duty to fully fund K-12 education.

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Seattle Public Schools
3:53 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Marcus Pimpleton Builds A Family Through All-City Band

Marcus Pimpleton, director of the All-City Band, shares his thoughts with the band at a rehearsal during the summer of 2012.
Kristin Viray

Marcus Pimpleton talks a lot about family. When he's teaching music, Pimpleton might compare a decrescendo to the way teens yell at their parents: they start loudly, but quickly get quiet when they realize it's a bad idea.

"People [in the band] appreciate you and treat you like family," Pimpleton told RadioActive's Farhan Vohra. He was describing the close-knit group of 150 students and mentors from the greater Seattle area who participate in the All-City Band. "They make it a comfortable place to be who you are."

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