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Contract Negotiations
5:03 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Seattle Teachers Balk At District's Proposal To Increase Class Sizes

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Class size appears to be the main sticking point between Seattle School District and its teachers’ union as they bargain a new, three-year contract before school is scheduled to start next month.

Seattle Education Association President Jonathan Knapp says the district’s latest proposal, made last week, would increase class sizes in Seattle by two students per class in grades four through twelve.

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Academic Publishing
11:38 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Scholars Want To Embargo Dissertations

Many Ph.D. candidates have been putting their dissertations online when they’re done. But that means academic publications are less interested in publishing their research, since it’s already out there. So some academics are embargoing their dissertations until they’re published in an academic journal, a process that can be lengthy. Is this holding back the dissemination of knowledge? Ross Reynolds talks to Lynn Thomas, the chair of the history department at the University of Washington.

Local Music
9:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Tuition-Free College, Menthol Risks, And Music From Shelby Earl

Singer-songwriter Shelby Earl and her band.
From Shelby Earl's Facebook page.

Tuition-Free Washington?
Oregon’s Legislature has voted to commission a study that would explore the idea of “tuition-free” college. The “Pay It Forward” idea would allow students to attend college for free and then pay for their degree based on their salary post-graduation. It has been catching on with lawmakers around the country who are looking for solutions to the high interest rates on college loans. State Representative Larry Seaquist is considering a proposal for the next legislative session. He explains what it could mean for access to higher education in our state.

Scientific Review On Menthol Cigarettes
Menthol cigarettes are easier to start and harder to quit. That’s the takeaway from a new scientific review from the Food and Drug Administration. Although the FDA didn’t find evidence that menthol cigarettes are more toxic than regular cigarettes, the evidence shows that smokers of menthols develop stronger addictions and have a tougher time quitting. We hear more about the public health risk of menthol cigarettes from Sarah Ross-Viles of Public Health Seattle-King County.

Singer-Songwriter Shelby Earl
Singer-songwriter Shelby Earl has just released her second album “Swift Arrows.” She’s no stranger to the music industry, having spent 10 years working in it before she left her corporate job to write and record her own album. She stopped by Weekday to talk and play some tunes.

Weekend Weather Forecast
State climatologist Nick Bond brings us a weather forecast for the weekend.

Negligence Claims
4:08 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Seattle School District Faces $29 Million In Sex Abuse Liability

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

According to a letter KUOW has obtained from Seattle Public Schools to the Washington State Auditor’s Office, the district faces $29 million in claims and settlement demands from current or former students who say they were sexually abused by a teacher or fellow student.

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Admission to Higher Ed
9:19 am
Thu July 18, 2013

University Of Washington Will Consider Criminal History In Application Process

UW Provost Ana Marie Cauce
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Correction 7/19/13: A previous online version of this story erroneously stated that the UW had been consulting Washington State University about this policy. In fact, it was Western Washington University that had been asking about criminal history on applications since 2007 and had been providing guidance to UW.

Prospective students will now be asked about their criminal past; specifically, if they’ve been convicted of sex crimes or violent felonies. UW Provost Ana Marie Cauce says it’s a safety issue. Cauce says protecting students and campus visitors is a priority.

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Seattle School Board District 4
11:58 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Suzanne Dale Estey

Suzanne Dale Estey
Courtesy Suzanne Dale Estey

Candidate for Seattle School District 4: Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Belltown

Occupation: Economic development consultant

Website: http://suzanne4schools.com

Top priorities:

  • Keep district focused on student outcomes.
  • Secure and maintain adequate levy and state funding.
  • Stabilize district leadership.
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Seattle School Board District 4
11:57 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Dean McColgan

Dean McColgan
Courtesy Dean McColgan

Candidate for Seattle School District 4: Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Belltown

Occupation: Director of development at the Museum of Flight, former City Council member and mayor of Federal Way

Website: http://www.deanforseattleschools.org/

Top priorities:

  • Re-instill community trust in the school district.
  • Emphasize STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education.
  • Allow teachers to innovate.
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Seattle School Board District 4
11:56 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Sue Peters

Sue Peters
Courtesy Sue Peters

Candidate for Seattle School District 4: Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Belltown

Occupation: Freelance writer and communications strategist, founding member of Parents Across America

Website: http://suepeters4schoolboard.org/

Top priorities:

  • Improve curriculum and reduce standardized testing.
  • Include community in making decisions.
  • Revamp special education and advanced learning services.
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Seattle School Board District 5
11:55 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Stephan Blanford

Stephan Blanford
Courtesy Stephan Blanford

Candidate for Seattle School District 5: Capitol Hill, Central Area, Leschi, Beacon Hill, Downtown

Occupation: Educational policy consultant

Website: http://blanfordforseattleschools.com

Top priorities:

  • Close the achievement gap.
  • Boost school performance.
  • Improve School Board functionality.
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Seattle School Board District 5
11:54 am
Mon July 15, 2013

LaCrese Green

LaCrese Green
Courtesy LaCrese Green

Candidate for Seattle School District 5: Capitol Hill, Central Area, Leschi, Beacon Hill, Downtown

Occupation: Retired, volunteer tutor for Ethiopian immigrant children

Website: http://www.lacresegreen.com/

Top priorities:

  • Reduce racial inequity.
  • Stop school closures and reopen closed schools.
  • Increase community involvement with the School Board.
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Seattle School Board District 5
11:53 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Olu Thomas

Candidate for Seattle School District 5: Capitol Hill, Central Area, Leschi, Beacon Hill, Downtown

Occupation: Unemployed social worker

Top priorities:

  • Reduce inequitable discipline of students of color.
  • Train teachers on cultural competency and other equity issues.
  • Convert unused school buildings to community centers.

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Favorite Teacher
12:13 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Who Was Your Favorite Teacher?

Flickr Photo/Todd Petrie

School is out for the summer and for many students, teachers are the last thing on their minds. But today on The Conversation, we’re celebrating teachers that made a difference in your life. Ross Reynolds takes your calls.

Higher Education Costs
12:01 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Price Of Higher Education Gets Even Higher

UW students protest rising student loan costs last year.
Flickr Photo/Morgan Davis

Congressional inaction results in higher student loan interest payments. It will cost the average student $2,600. Ross Reynolds talks with Megan Davis, the senior associate director of University of Washington's Office of Student Financial Aid about what this will mean for students at the University of Washington. 

Community & Technical Colleges
10:29 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Wash. Colleges Start Tracking Students' Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity

iagoarchangel Flickr

Bringing new meaning to "student orientation," Washington community and technical colleges will start asking students their sexual orientation and gender identity when students register for classes this year.

Laura McDowell, spokeswoman for Washington State Board of Community & Technical Colleges, said it was students who proposed the colleges start tracking the data.

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Charter Schools
8:02 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Spokane Only School District Seeking Charter Authorizer Status

Nalini Prasanna Flickr

Thirteen Washington districts formally expressed interest in being charter authorizers this spring, but only Spokane applied to the state by the July 1 deadline.

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