Seattle Public Schools

Test Boycott
7:45 am
Thu January 24, 2013

District Threatens Suspensions, Seattle Teachers Continue Test Boycott

Orca K-8 teacher Matt Carter addresses the anti-MAP test rally outside Seattle School District headquarters on Jan. 23, 2012.
Ann Dornfeld

The Seattle School District warned teachers Wednesday they face a 10 day suspension without pay if they refuse to give students the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test. The announcement came nearly two weeks after the teaching staff at Garfield High School announced they were refusing to give students the district-wide MAP test.

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Education Reform
5:39 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Nonprofit Brings Support – And Pressure – To Seattle Schools

Alliance for Education President and CEO Sara Morris presents a symbolic check to Nathan Hale High School Principal Jill Hudson with Alliance board member Judy Runstad on March 1, 2012.
Seattle Public Schools

Clarification: This story has been changed to clarify School Board President Kay Smith-Blum’s thoughts on educational delivery models, including one advocated by the charter school company Rocketship Education.

In 1991, a small group of local CEOs sat down with Seattle Public Schools officials to ask how the CEOs could help the struggling district. "At that time Seattle Public Schools weren’t even wired – I mean, wired for telephones, in some cases. It was really sort of a Dark Ages problem," said Sue Tupper, the first executive director of the Seattle Alliance for Education.

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Standardized Testing
9:09 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Orca K-8 Teachers Join MAP Test Boycott

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Teachers at Orca K-8 school in Seattle say they will boycott the same standardized test that Garfield High School teachers came out against last week.

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Standardized Testing
12:20 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

More Seattle Teachers Saying No To Standardized MAP Test

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A group of teachers at Ballard High School in Seattle has come out in support of Garfield High School teachers' refusal to give students the district-mandated Measures of Academic Progress standardized test. The teachers say the test is useless and shouldn't factor in to teacher evaluations. Ross Reynolds talks with educators and education experts on both sides of the issue.

Standardized Testing
2:38 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Teachers At Seattle School Refuse To Give Standardized Test

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Teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle say they have voted overwhelmingly to refuse to administer a district-wide standardized test. A statement from Garfield teachers called the test a waste of time and money.

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Intensive Academic Program
7:47 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Kids Find Path To College With Rainier Scholars

"If you're packin' heat, hold 'em high!" Rainier Scholars teacher Drego Little greets his students' books with his own.
Ann Dornfeld

Every summer, five dozen mostly low-income students of color from Seattle Public Schools begin an intensive academic program designed to get them ready for college. In Rainier Scholars, middle-schoolers commit to eight-hour school days in the summer and then after-school and weekend classes during the school year. Most of these students would be the first in their families to graduate from college.

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School District Lawsuit
8:41 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Seattle Schools Settles $750,000 Employment Discrimination Case

Denise Frisino
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Seattle Public Schools is paying $750,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a teacher who was fired for refusing to work in a building she says made her sick. 

Former teacher Denise Frisino says when she worked at Nathan Hale High School seven years ago, the mold was so bad that she had a hard time breathing and a terrible cough. "It was to the point where I could not be inside the building for long. It was not a minor thing. It was a severe reaction," she says. 

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Education Funding
7:20 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Seven Seattle-Area School Districts Win $40M Race To The Top Grant

Seattle-area schools, with some of the highest populations of students living in poverty, have been awarded a $40M federal grant.
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Seven Seattle-area school districts have been awarded a $40 million federal Race to the Top grant. The money is aimed at improving academic achievement in high-poverty schools in the Seattle, Kent, Federal Way, Highline, Renton, Auburn and Tukwila districts.

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School District Embezzlement Case
3:33 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

33 New Charges For Former Seattle Schools Manager Silas Potter

Silas Potter and his attorney Seth Conant in King County Superior Court Friday.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

Former Seattle Public Schools manager Silas Potter faces 33 new felony theft charges for allegedly embezzling more than a quarter of a million dollars from the district.

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Obituary
7:43 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Former Seattle Schools Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson Reported Dead At 55

Maria Goodloe-Johnson
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A Seattle Public Schools spokeswoman says former Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson died Wednesday at age 55.

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School Zone Traffic
12:08 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Cars Caught Speeding On Camera Now Get $189 Tickets

Starting Monday, drivers who speed past any of four Seattle schools will get tickets in the mail. Vehicles that go more than 20 miles per hour when school is in session are caught on camera.

The four schools with speed cameras are Thurgood Marshall Elementary on the I-90 lid, Gatewood Elementary in West Seattle, and Olympic View Elementary and Broadview Thomson K-8 in the north end.

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Education
7:41 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Seattle Releases First Teacher Ratings Based On Student Performance

Many teachers in Seattle Public Schools will learn today how they rank on a new scale based on student performance. They’ll be rated by how their students’ test scores changed from one year to the next. Teachers with high ratings may qualify for bonuses or promotions. Teachers with low ratings will get closer oversight.

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Elections 2012
9:09 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Charter School Initiative Passes, Says AP

The charter school initiative has passed by a narrow margin, according to the Associated Press. The vote stands at 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent. That's a difference of about 44,000 votes. Statewide, 269,000 ballots remain to be counted. The No on 1240 campaign Facebook page says campaign managers won't consider the race over until every vote is counted.

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Seattle Public Schools
8:15 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Seattle Schools Will Ask Voters For $1.2 Billion

Seattle Public Schools will ask voters for property tax levies worth $1.2 billion in February. The school board unanimously approved renewals of the capital projects and operations levies Wednesday night. 

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Education
8:51 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Seattle Schools Not Meeting Five-Year Academic Goals

Four years into Seattle Schools' five-year strategic plan, all of the goals have yet to be met.
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Seattle Public Schools has not met any of the 23 student performance goals the district set for itself four years ago in its five-year plan called "Excellence for All."

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