education

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Anya Kamanetz, NPR’s lead education blogger, about her new book, "The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed With Standardized Testing -- But You Don't Have To Be." She explains both sides of the controversy over standardized tests in public schools and why Seattle has become a center for the debate. 

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Marcie Sillman talks with Ellen Selkie, who works in the Adolescent Medicine division at Seattle Children's Hospital, about her recent study on the effects of college cyber bullying. 

For many years, if a public school district wanted to serve students apples or milk from local farmers, it could face all kinds of hurdles. Schools were locked into strict contracts with distributors, few of whom saw any reason to start bringing in local products. Those contracts also often precluded schools from working directly with local farmers.

Idaho school districts say the state needs to offer better pay if it’s going to attract qualified teachers -- or keep the ones it has.

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Marcie Sillman speaks with University of Washington researcher Kevin Haggerty, who says confusion over the state's marijuana law gets in the way of important conversations about teen drug use. 

University Of Washington Ranked Best In The West For Value

Mar 9, 2015
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Kim Malcolm talks with Paul Glastris, editor-in-chief of the Washington Monthly, about the University of Washington topping the "best bang for the buck" list for Western schools in "The Other College Guide."

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Ana Mari Cauce, the University of Washington's new interim president. Cauce has been at the University for 29 years and talks about what the board of regents instructed her to do in her interim role and how her training in psychology helps her.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults, and those who live in rural areas are especially at risk.

For young people between the ages of 10 and 24, the suicide rates in rural areas are nearly double those of urban areas, according to a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. And that disparity is growing.

All this week we've been talking about the importance of applying for financial aid, the difficulty of doing so and what can be done to make it simpler.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times reporter Leah Todd about why some school board members want to suspend Common Core-related exams in Seattle Public Schools.

Ross Reynolds talks to state Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island, about a bill in the Senate that would require schools include social and emotional learning in their curriculum.

Also Zane Thorton, a 7th grader at Pacific Middle School, talks about why emotional learning is important to him.

The first time a judge sent Marquise-Unique Travon Flynn to juvenile detention he was in fifth grade. He had one goal: not to cry in front of the other kids in the courtroom.

Skipping school is not a crime in Washington state, but it can still land a student behind bars.

For this series, we've been thinking a lot about the iconic tools that some of us remember using — if only for a short time — in our early schooling. Things like the slide rule and protractor, Presidential Fitness Test and Bunsen burner.

Oregon lawmakers are set to open debate on the biggest chunk of the state budget.

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