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Swim Lessons
2:15 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Saving Lives In South Miami, One Pool At A Time

Gary Kendrick, 8, works on his freestyle stroke with help from a counselor at Ransom Everglades School. Kendrick did not know how to swim before he started lessons at the school.
Wilson Sayre WLRN

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 5:19 am

It's hot out. The usual midday thunderstorm has just passed, and the few kids hanging out on bleachers around the pool at Miami's Ransom Everglades School finally get the go-ahead to jump in and cool off.

Eight-year-old Gary Kendrick and the others are all here for swim lessons.

"They told us to hold on to the wall and kick our feet and, like, move our arms," Kendrick says. "When I had to swim to one of the counselors, I was really swimming. I ain't even know I was moving."

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RadioActive Youth Media
10:09 am
Thu July 24, 2014

A Tale Of Two High Schools

Hosts Esa Tilija and Ahlaam Ibrahim after recording this podcast. Esa goes to University Prep and Ahlaam goes to Rainier Beach High School
Credit KUOW Photo / Jenny Asarnow

Is high school truly filled with stereotypes? Ahlaam Ibraahim and Esa Tilija investigate the stereotypes of their schools: Rainier Beach High School, a public school in south Seattle, and University Prep, a private school in north Seattle.

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Education
1:59 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health

Researchers are just starting to look at how school choice affects health.
romester/iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 1:47 pm

Many people are intensely interested in how publicly funded charter schools affect children, and that includes not just their academic achievement but their health.

Researchers from UCLA and the Rand Corp. wanted to know whether attending a high-performing charter school reduced the rates of risky health behaviors among low-income minority teenagers.

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Science
2:31 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Sixth-Grader's Science Project Catches Ecologists' Attention

Scientists previously underestimated the ability of the lionfish to live in less salty water.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 12:40 pm

(July 24, 2014: See the editor's note at the bottom of this page for an explanation of the story's new headline.)

When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.

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Leadership Transition
5:53 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Seattle School Board Picks Interim Superintendent

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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Guns
7:41 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Sides With Boyfriend In School Backpack Shooting

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 2:49 pm

The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday a Washington man whose loaded gun went off in a school backpack critically injuring a student can’t be charged with third-degree assault.

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Survey Results
7:58 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Young Scientists Say They're Sexually Abused In The Field

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 12:44 pm

Many young scientists dream of their first trip to a remote research site — who wouldn't want to hang out with chimps like Jane Goodall, or sail to the Galapagos like Charles Darwin, exploring the world and advancing science?

But for many scientists, field research can endanger their health and safety.

In a survey of scientists engaged in field research, the majority — 64 percent — said they had personally experienced sexual harassment while at a field site, and 22 percent reported being the victim of sexual assault.

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Education Reform
5:06 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Here Are Washington's New Prospective Charter Schools

Seven organizations have filed to open charter schools in Washington in the state’s second-ever round of applications.

The proposed schools include California-based charter chains… a bilingual school… and a school that would teach partly in sign language.

Three of the schools would be in Spokane, with the rest in Seattle, Sunnyside, and Pierce and Clark Counties.

Three of the groups had applied unsuccessfully to open schools last year.

The state’s charter school authorizers will decide which applications to approve, if any, by mid-October.

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Education
3:05 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

A Push For Ethnic Studies In Texas Schools

Tony Diaz is a professor at Lone Star College and also an activist with the group Librotraficante. He helped lead a campaign to get the Texas Board of Education to endorse Mexican-American and other ethnic studies courses. (Laura Isensee/Houston Public Media)

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 12:20 pm

Ever since the civil rights movement in the 1960s, many educators, students and activists have pushed for more ethnic studies in public schools.

In 1968 at a San Francisco State University, students led the longest student strike in the country’s history calling for ethnic studies programs that accurately represented the student body and their needs. The student strike led to the establishment of the first school of ethnic studies in higher education.

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Higher Ed
7:31 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Colleges Struggle To Stop And Respond To Sexual Violence On Campus

Students rally against sexual violence at Dickinson College (nycsocialist.org)

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 12:03 pm

One of the 55 higher education institutions under federal investigation for their handling of sexual assault cases is this week hosting a national summit on the subject.

Administrators, students and experts from across the country are at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire for the Summit on Sexual Assault on College Campuses, a conference focused on prevention, education and response.

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Early Childhood
12:06 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Long Before Babies Talk, They're Plotting Away

A baby sits in a magnetoencephalography brain scanner at the UW Institute for Learning and Brain Science while listening to vowel sounds.
Credit Institute for Learning and Brain Science / University of Washington

A University of Washington study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science gives clues about how talking to babies from an early age helps them say their first words.

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Social And Emotional Skills
5:18 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Teaching 4-Year-Olds To Feel Better

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 6:35 pm

You're 4 years old, building a block tower. Another kid runs up and knocks it down. What do you do? A) Tell her that's against the rules. B) Go tell a teacher. C) Hit her. D) Start to cry. E) What did you say again?

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Civil Rights
2:36 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Tacoma School District To Apologize For Firing Gay Teacher In 1972

Marcie Sillman talks with former teacher Jim Gaylord, who was fired from Tacoma's Wilson High School in 1972 for being gay. The school district will offer a formal apology this Sunday.

Child Care
2:28 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Childcare Provider Debates Two Possible Preschool Laws

Patti Oliver Bailey oversees sandbox play on a summer afternoon.
Ann Dornfeld KUOW

Patti Oliver Bailey sat on a sunny wooden deck in Seattle’s Rainier Valley on a recent afternoon, surrounded by toddlers digging through a box of pink sand and bright toys.

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Cognitive Ability
7:10 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Math Nerd Or Bookworm? Many Of The Same Genes Shape Both Abilities

A study of twins shows why being a good reader and a good math student may go hand in hand.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 10:23 am

Many of us tend to align ourselves with either numbers or words. We're either math brains or we're reading brains.

In college, my fellow English majors joked about how none of us could long-divide to save our lives, while our friends in engineering groaned about the fact that Lit 101 was a graduation requirement.

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