File photo of kids playing tag.
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Traditional tag is back in the Mercer Island School District.

The district had decided to ban the perennial favorite game from its playgrounds as part of a "hands-off" policy among children meant to reduce injuries and bullying.

Seattle students Tamar Rosenblum, 7, and Natalya McConnell, 10.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Bill Radke speaks with Natalya McConnell and Tamar Rosenblum. They returned to school today, along with more than 50,000 Seattle students, after the teachers' union reached a tentative contract agreement with the school district. 

Does More Class Time Equal More Learning?

Sep 16, 2015
Education classroom
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Ross Reynolds talks to Jennifer McMurrer, director of research at the Center on Education Policy, about how longer school days affect student performance. One of the sticking points in the Seattle teacher's strike was class time. Under the new tentative contract, students will spend 20 more minutes in school. 

An Eighth Grader's Diary From The 1985 Seattle Strike

Sep 10, 2015
A page from Phyllis Fletcher's diary from 1985.
Courtesy of Phyllis Fletcher

The last Seattle teacher strike was in 1985. Gasoline was $1.20 a gallon. Careless Whisper by Wham topped the charts. And little Phyllis Fletcher was writing in her diary.

“All I do is watch TV and talk on the phone,” she wrote. “I’ll gain 20 pounds in my thighs if school doesn’t start soon.”

There's a lot of evidence that the meals school cafeterias are serving have gotten healthier since new federal nutrition standards were rolled out.

As children get ready to head back to the classroom, many school nurses are preparing for lice. But some of these small parasites – more of a nuisance than they are harmful – have been mutating and are now resistant to many over-the-counter medications.

That’s raising concerns and creating an unexpected hurdle to fighting the outbreak. Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins speaks with lice researcher John Clark about what he believes is behind the new breed of “super lice” and what it means for the future of treatment.

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Times reporter Will Drabold about his investigation into the Department of Social and Health Services which revealed issues in staffing and funding that put Washington kids at risk. 

The frontlines of child protection in Washington are about to get a boost. The new state budget funds more than 40 new caseworker positions.

Eagle Scout Liam Easton-Calabria from Ballard, Seattle: 'it just made me pretty upset to learn that I wouldn’t be able to do what my dad was doing.'
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Boy Scouts and their families in the Seattle area are celebrating this week’s national decision to allow gay scout leaders. But not all local troops will be implementing the changes. 

KUOW Photo/Mike Kane

Holly Connor of Mercer Island started learning to read and write Braille in preschool.

Now 10, she’s one of North America’s fastest readers and writers in her age group – when it comes to Braille.

Playground and wading pool at Woodland Park, circa 1915.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Jesus Aguirre, the new superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation, about why his background in education matters and about his vision for how Seattleites of the future will play.

Marcie Sillman talks to Nancy Pearl about a new planned trilogy that promises the same thrills and devotion as "Harry Potter." Pearl gives the first book in Edward Carey's series, "Heap House," two thumbs up. 

The Oregon Senate approved a measure Monday that would ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors as well as ban the use of e-cigarettes in the same places where traditional cigarettes are prohibited.

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Marcie Sillman talks to Dr. David Jeong, a pediatric allergist at Virginia Mason Medical Center, about the Seattle Food Allergy Consortium's new recommendations for introducing peanuts into kids' diets after consulting the results of the Learn Early About Peanut study released earlier this year.