Seattle Public Schools

Principals decide how much recess kids get; teachers want to bargain a minimum amount into their contract. Here, kids play at Sandel Park in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

Last year, a KUOW investigation found that recess has been cut back at many Seattle schools – especially in low-income neighborhoods.

As KUOW’s Ann Dornfeld reports, now the teachers’ union is asking the district to require a minimum 45 minutes of recess in all elementary schools.

Signs promote lunch and recess for Seattle students.
Facebook Photo/Lunch and Recess Matter

Marcie Sillman talks to KUOW's Ann Dornfeld about recess (and other issues) that are on the table in contract talks between the Seattle teacher's union and the school district.  

Cindy Jatul teaches biology/biotech at Roosevelt High School in Seattle. She says her first-period students are often too sleepy to learn.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

What time should the school day begin? That’s the question an online survey is asking Seattle parents through this weekend.

To get a sense of what’s at stake, just visit a first-period class at Roosevelt High School in Seattle. At 7:50 a.m., you'll find biology/biotech teacher Cindy Jatul coaxing her students into wakefulness, and having a hard time, too.

Test pencil
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Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle Superintendent Larry Nyland about the new state standardized test. 

Also, RadioActive reporter Ahlaam Ibraahim asks students what they think about the new test. 

Memorials for six students of the Seattle Interagency Academy who have died in recent months.
Courtesy of Kaaren Andrews

Marcie Sillman speaks with Katy Sewall about six students who in the last six months have died as a result of suicide or murder. All six students were members of the Seattle Interagency Academy, a network of several small high schools in the Seattle Public Schools. Sewall interviewed Kaaren Andrews, the principal of Interagency Academy for Crosscut.

Scantron test sheet
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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.

Photo of school buses parked in a parking lot.
Flickr Photo/tncountryfan

Two state representatives want to divide Seattle Public Schools into two smaller districts.

“Seattle public schools is a broken system for many students for many families and something has to change,” said Sharon Tomiko-Santos, a Democrat from South Seattle.

Alaskan Way viaduct, Seattle waterfront, downtown
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What do sagging buildings and a slumping viaduct mean for Seattle's waterfront tunnel? Would you rather pay a gas tax, or let a GPS tracker charge you by the mile? Are Paul Allen and Bill Gates shaping Seattle, or did we shape them first?

Bill Radke covers the week’s top stories with guests Knute Berger, Joni Balter and Northwest News Network’s Phyllis Fletcher.

The new Recovery School is moving into the former Queen Anne High School gymnasium building.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld / KUOW

When teenagers with substance abuse problems get out of rehab and return to school, studies show that it’s likely that their peers will offer them drugs within the very first hour. That makes staying clean — or staying in school — difficult. Teens with drug and alcohol problems have a sky-high drop-out rate.

Public health officials say what young people need after rehab is a fresh start at a school focused on their needs and peers with the same goal to stay sober.

Seattle Public Schools superintendent Larry Nyland.
Courtesy of Seattle Public Schools

The Seattle School Board has delayed a vote on whether to permanently hire Interim Superintendent Larry Nyland.

The vote was scheduled at a meeting Wednesday without any public announcement.

That’s in contrast to the board’s usual process when hiring a superintendent: a months-long national search followed by numerous community meetings with the candidates.

Last night Board President Sharon Peaslee moved to delay the vote by a week to December 10 in order to get more community input.

Seattle Public Schools was considering this vacant building as a potential location for a downtown elementary school.
Flickr Photo/Joe Wolf (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The Seattle School Board has turned down an opportunity to acquire a vacant Federal Reserve building in downtown Seattle.

Whittier Elementary School third-grader Kai Holec said ever since his lunch period got shortened to 15 minutes this year, he hasn't been able to finish his meal before it's time to go to recess.

And that's not enough to keep him going.

Ann Dornfeld / KUOW

Hundreds of students at Garfield High School in Seattle walked out of class Thursday to protest district cuts that could cost the school a teacher.

Marcie Sillman speaks with Seattle Public Schools Interim Superintendent Larry Nyland about the challenges ahead as he takes charge of Seattle Public Schools.

The Seattle School Board voted unanimously Friday to make Larry Nyland the interim schools chief to replace outgoing Superintendent Jose Banda.

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