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'Week in Review' panel Bill Radke, Pramila Jayapal and Luke Burbank. Not pictured: Michael Baumgartner
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The Boeing company learned this week that 140 characters can tank their stock when the characters are coming from the hands of the president elect. Donald Trump tweeted this week to “cancel the order” for the new Air Force One replacements.

Student parent. Ever heard that term? It's used for a student who is also a parent, and there are nearly 5 million of them in colleges around the country. That's over a quarter of the undergraduate population, and that number has gone up by around a million since 2011. It can be really, really expensive to be a student parent, especially if you need to pay for child care while you're in class. In some states, child care for an infant can cost as much as $17,062 a year, according to a report...

Part 3 of our series " Unlocking Dyslexia ." A mother, who spent years coaching and encouraging her dyslexic son, recalls his childhood with one pervasive feeling: "It was really scary." One father told me his home life was ruined. Trying to do homework with his struggling daughter, he says, felt like "a nightmare every night." Optimism and determination would inevitably descend into tears and anxiety. The culprit: dyslexia. Yet another mom — whose son and daughter both have dyslexia —...

Carlos Rodriguez has come out as undocumented after keeping his immigration status a secret for most of his life
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For most of his life, Carlos Rodriguez had a secret. But after this year's presidential election, he decided the time for silence was over. So, on November 18, he wrote a letter to his fellow students at Seattle University.

Twenty-two states still allow corporal punishment in school: 15 expressly permit it while another seven do not prohibit it. That's according to a recent letter written by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. to the nation's governors and state school chiefs. Not sure what, exactly, corporal punishment is? Here's a quick primer. It often involves a paddle. Always, pain. That's the point. The National Association of School Psychologists explains corporal punishment as "the intentional...

GLEA family advocate Camille Churchill visits with four-year-old Moise, and his mother, Angela Madrid
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On a sunny Saturday morning, a dozen moms and dads sat around tables in a White Center elementary school library, looking at a PowerPoint slide of a little boy pouring syrup on his pancakes. "What do you think would happen if I said nothing at all? How much would he put on there?" asked speaker Kellie Morrill, director of the Educare of Greater Seattle P-3 campus.

Part of our ongoing series exploring how the U.S. can educate the nearly 5 million students who are learning English. Brains, brains, brains. One thing we've learned at NPR Ed is that people are fascinated by brain research. And yet it can be hard to point to places where our education system is really making use of the latest neuroscience findings. But there is one happy nexus where research is meeting practice: bilingual education. "In the last 20 years or so, there's been a virtual...

Part 1 of our series " Unlocking Dyslexia ." "It's frustrating that you can't read the simplest word in the world." Thomas Lester grabs a book and opens to a random page. He points to a word: galloping. "Goll—. G—. Gaa—. Gaa—. G—. " He keeps trying. It is as if the rest ­­of the word is in him somewhere, but he can't sound it out. "I don't ... I quit." He tosses the book and it skids along the table. Despite stumbling over the simplest words, Thomas — a fourth-grader — is a bright kid. In...

President-elect Donald Trump calls out to media as he Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Betsy DeVos pose for photographs at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.
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Donald Trump's choice for his education secretary brings up big questions for Washington state. That's the early assessment of Chris Reykdal, just elected as the state's schools chief.

This is the time of year when donations to food banks spike. But, some food banks are getting pickier about what they'll accept. Earlier this year the Capital Area Food Bank announced it would "dramatically" cut back on junk food it receives and distributes. This means saying "no" to donations such as sheet cakes, holiday candy, sugary sodas and other processed, bakery items. "Our core business — in helping those most in need — needs to be not only getting people food, but getting them the...

On Nov. 8, the World Meteorological Organization published a press release summarizing the findings from a report on global climate from 2011-2015. The report identified the last five years as the hottest on record, with 2015 marking the first year with global temperatures more than 1 degree Celsius above the pre-industrial era. Arctic sea ice declined, sea levels rose and many extreme weather events occurred — events that were "made more likely as a result of human-induced (anthropogenic)...

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Kim Malcolm talks with Kristin Bailey-Fogarty about improving outcomes for students of color in Seattle Public Schools. Bailey-Fogarty is Assistant Principal at Thornton Creek Elementary. She's co-chair of Mayor Ed Murray's Education Summit Advisory Group. The group's final recommendations came out this week.

Students hold up signs during a walkout to protest the election of Donald Trump as president, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in Seattle. A spokesman with Seattle Public Schools estimates that about 2,300 students from 14 middle and high schools participated.
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Bill Radke speaks with Quinn Angelou-Lysaker about how she helped organize students from eight Seattle high schools to walk out in protest of Donald Trump's election to the presidency. Angelou-Lysaker discusses how she helped organize students on social media, how she's relating to Trump supporters at school and why some students are planning to send President-elect Trump a pile of bricks.

There's been lots of chatter on social media and among pundits, warning that the treatment of immigrant kids and English language learners is going to "get worse" under a Donald Trump presidency. Some people on Twitter are even monitoring incidents in which Latino students in particular have been targeted. But I wonder: When were these students not targeted? When did immigrant students and their families ever have it easy? People are often surprised to hear that many of these children, with...

Students at high schools across Seattle walked out of class Monday to protest the election of Donald Trump. Many of them then marched to Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill.

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