Seattle Public Schools

Education Funding
7:45 am
Wed March 19, 2014

District Rescinds Planned Staffing Cuts At Seattle Schools

Flickr Photo/Chris Blakeley (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle Public Schools has rescinded staffing cuts it planned to make at schools across the district.

Superintendent Jose Banda said after analyzing the supplemental budget the Legislature passed last week, the district won’t need to reduce the hours of many secretaries, counselors and other employees.

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Education Funding
4:52 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Budgets Voted Down In Protest Of Staffing Cuts At Seattle Schools

The staff at 31 Seattle public schools have voted down their schools’ proposed budgets to protest job cuts the district is calling for this fall.

Ingraham High School administrative secretary Mary Smith said her school's staff rejected a budget that would turn the assistant secretary, attendance specialist and fiscal specialist from full-time to half-time positions.

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School Transportation
7:56 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Seattle School Bus Drivers Authorize Strike Over Health Care Coverage

Flickr Photo/Chris Blakeley (CC-BY-NC-ND)

School bus drivers in Seattle said they’re close to striking after talks broke down with their employer, First Student, a Seattle School District contractor.

More than 27,000 students depend on the yellow buses to get to school.

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School Transportation
3:20 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Seattle School Board Approves New Busing Plan

Beginning next year, students in Seattle Public Schools will have a new bus schedule.
Flickr Photo/ Larry Darling

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle School Board President Sharon Peaslee about the district's new busing plan that sets new departure and arrival times.

Education
2:17 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Superintendent Jose Banda On Seattle Schools In 2014

Seattle Schools Superintendent Jose Banda

Marcie Sillman speaks with Jose Banda, Seattle Schools superintendent, about teacher evaluations, gifted programs, school boundaries and more.

Watchdog
1:09 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

State Deal To Give Media Organizations Student Data Alarms Privacy Experts

Students in a PE class at Salmon Bay K-8 School in Seattle. KUOW has learned that the Washington state schools office in Olympia has signed agreements to share non-public student data with media organizations.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Editor’s Note: This story has been changed to strengthen its focus on student data privacy. The original version, which contained more specifics from an agreement between the state schools office and The Seattle Times, left some of our readers mistakenly believing that their children’s names and Social Security numbers had been released to the Times. While the story did not say that, we want to remove any doubts. The agreement can be viewed below.

KUOW has learned that the Washington state education department has signed agreements to share non-public student data with media organizations including The Seattle Times and The Associated Press.

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Education Controversy
3:54 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Seattle School Board Approves New Boundary Plan

Flickr Photo/Chris Campbell

Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW education reporter Ann Dornfeld about the Seattle School Board's decision to approve a new school-assignment plan.

School Rules
9:33 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Seattle Parents Rankled By School District's Proposed Boundaries

Arlo Jackson and Nico Binuya say it's important to them to be able to walk from their Beacon Hill homes to Mercer Middle School.
Tom Jackson

At 6:55 a.m. last Friday, wearing a red backpack and holding an apple fritter, 11-year-old Arlo Jackson trudged out the door to Mercer Middle School.

"The cold air kinda wakes you up," Arlo said as he walked to his first stop, his friend Nico Binuya’s house. After Nico got a kiss from his mom, the two friends were on their way, chatting about “school, sports and, like, girls.”

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Elections 2013
9:08 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Could A Wealthy Few Decide Seattle's School Board Races?

Suzanne Dale Estey and Sue Peters.
Candidate Websites

Seattle school board candidate Suzanne Dale Estey and her supporters are poised to raise more money than any other school board candidate in state history – even though a Washington state law passed last year put a cap on campaign contributions in school board races.

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Elections 2013
9:52 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Seattle School Board Candidates Clash On Testing, State Standards

Suzanne Dale Estey (left) and Sue Peters
Credit Candidate Websites

One of the hottest races on Seattle’s fall ballot isn't for mayor or city council, but a seat on the Seattle School Board.

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School Culture
8:20 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Garfield Students Suspended After Mass Hazing Incident

Eleven Garfield High School students have been suspended after a hazing incident in late September.
Credit Flickr Photo/Joe Wolf

Eleven students have been suspended from Garfield High School while the district investigates their roles in a September 27 hazing incident.

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Seatle School District
10:24 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Looking Ahead At The School Year With Superintendent José Banda

Seattle School District superintendent José Banda.

It’s been one week since the first day of school, and to say that the start was rocky would be an understatement. A highly contested teacher contract debate had parents worried whether schools would even begin on time last Wednesday. When school did open, software problems caused confusion all over the Seattle district. With all this news, it promises to be an exciting year. Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Superintendent José Banda about the first week and what’s on tap for the school year.

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School Starts On Time
8:09 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Seattle Teachers Agree To New Contract On Eve Of First Day Of School

Seattle Education Association union members listen to debate of their contract offers September 3 at Benaroya Hall.
Washington Education Association/Rich Wood

UPDATE: 9/4/13, 10:31 a.m. PT

About 1,800 teachers cast their votes in the Seattle Education Association general membership meeting at Benaroya Hall. Members voted first by voice, then by standing to clarify the count. One member moved to call for a ballot count, but there wasn't enough support from fellow members. Teachers present estimated that at least 60 percent of the votes were in favor of the contract.

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Back-to-School Bargaining
9:10 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Seattle Teachers, District Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Seattle School District headquarters
From Washington State Department of Ecology site.

Seattle School District and its teachers' union have reached a tentative agreement on a new, two-year contract.

The district and Seattle Education Association (SEA) bargained for more than 12 hours Saturday. The deal was finalized early Sunday morning.

The district and union are waiting to publicly release details of the contract until SEA has been able to relay the offer to teachers. 

Last-minute sticking points involved teacher pay, work hours and using student test scores in teacher evaluations.

Seattle teachers will vote on the contract Tuesday evening. 

School is scheduled to start on Wednesday.

Union Showdown
8:46 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Seattle Teachers Reject District's Contract Offer

Seattle teachers voted against the district's contract offer on August 26 at Benaroya Hall.
Seattle Education Association's Facebook page.

Correction 8/27/13: In a previous version, the length of the district's contract offer was stated as three years. The current offer is for a two-year contract. The length of the contract is negotiable.

Seattle's teachers' union voted down the school district's two-year contract offer Monday night at Seattle Education Association's general membership meeting at Benaroya Hall.

Reporters were not allowed inside the meeting, but teachers said that the voice vote was nearly unanimous, with only several teachers of the hundreds present supporting the contract offer.

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