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Student Health Care
9:43 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Seattle Alternative School To Get Free Onsite Clinic

Seattle’s alternative schools will soon have a free clinic available for students at the Columbia Center Interagency Academy. Levy funds, allocated from the city of Seattle, will help to open the clinic which will be staffed by Group Health workers.

Alicia West is a student at the alternative school. She’s 19, and finishing up some credits so she can attend nursing school. She’s also raising her son, Xavion. “He’s going to turn 11 months old. His birthday is in August, I’m excited for that, planning for that.”

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Retiring Racial Mascots
11:23 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Team Mascots: Spirited Or Offensive?

Port Townsend High School has decided to retire the Redskin mascot. A few years ago, Issaquah High School changed their mascot from Indians to Eagles. What's the direction of racial mascots locally and nationally?
From the Port Townsend High School Facebook page.

 Last Monday, the Port Townsend School Board voted to retire their Redskin mascot of 88 years. But while Port Townsend’s redskin mascot is on the outs, there are still many Indian mascots in the United States. The Washington DC Redskins, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Atlanta Braves. Opponents to these Indian mascots say they are offensive and outdated. Ross Reynolds talks to documentary film maker Jay Rosenstein about the growing controversy over the use of Indian mascots in sports.

Education Updates
11:16 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Ann Dornfeld On Summer School News

School's out for summer! Ann Dornfeld reviews the past year and looks ahead to what can be expected in education going into next year.
Flickr Photo/Chris Campbell

 Schools out for summer! How did Washington state schools fare in a time of more budget cuts and new charter school legislation? David Hyde takes a look back at the school year with KUOW’s education reporter Ann Dornfeld.

Special Ed Inclusion
8:17 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Wash. Teacher Prep Falls Short For Students With Disabilities

Chloe Burton with mom Amy Schley, sister Lexi, and dad Brian Burton, at home in Shoreline.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

As educational practice catches up with federal law that requires students learn in the least restrictive environment, an increasing number of students with autism and other disabilities are learning alongside their typically-developing peers in mainstream classrooms.

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Veterans Higher Ed
9:10 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Veterans In College Face Unique Challenges

Courtesy of the Husky United Military Veterans Facebook page.

Sam Talkington is cramming. It’s finals week at the University of Washington and he’s got an economics exam soon.

Talkington is majoring in finance at the Foster School of Business and he’s been feeling the crunch. “I have an extremely heavy course load right now,” he said. “I’m taking four courses and some stuff I’m not familiar with but becoming more familiar with as the days progress.”

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Government Accountability
1:07 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Vietnam-Era Whistleblower Weighs In On Snowden's Decision

Credit flickr photo/ caribbeanfreephoto

It's obvious from his interview with The Guardian newspaper that Andrew Snowden knew leaking NSA secrets would get him into hot water. But he seems to have planned for that. Somehow, he's disappeared from his Hong Kong hotel room. Some have suggested he might find refuge in Russia, on mainland China, or on some remote island in the Philippines.

Christopher Pyle knows a thing or two about blowing whistles. In 1970, while in the U.S. Army, he disclosed the extent of the military's surveillance of the protest movement. That led, in part, to the Watergate scandal. Mr. Pyle now teaches politics at Mount Holyoke College and is the author of several books on military surveillance of civilians. The CBC's Carol Off asked him for insight on Snowden's situation.

Other stories on KUOW Presents,  June 11:

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Education Reform
6:12 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

New Washington K-12 Standards Prove Challenging For Students – And Teachers

Language arts teacher Christy Bowman-White leads a class at Sylvester Middle School in Burien in a lesson based on the Common Core State Standards.
Ann Dornfeld KUOW

This fall, some classes may get harder for public school students — and teachers — across Washington. That's when many districts will roll out new, more rigorous language arts and math standards, known as the Common Core. Washington is one of 45 states that have adopted the same set of K-12 standards.

Some Washington teachers have already started using them. At Sylvester Middle School in Burien, teacher Christy Bowman-White read a poem about a nail-biter basketball shot to her honors language arts class on a recent school day.

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Education Solutions
2:04 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

High Tech Solutions For Integrating Special Ed Students Into Standard Classrooms

Stephen Hawking is perhaps the most famous user of what's called "adaptive and assistive technology." He uses a speech synthesizer to communicate with others. Schools in New York City have begun using similar devices to help integrate special needs students into standard classrooms.
Credit NASA

In New York, this school year was the first year neighborhood schools were required to accept students with special needs into regular classrooms. They've made the transition with the aid of high-tech gadgets. You can hear that story online.

Michelle Buetow says we could learn something from New York's experiment. She's co-president of Seattle's Special Education PTSA. She says although Seattle is a high-tech city, its approach to special education is decidedly low-tech. She says “it’s borderline criminal that a city built on high-tech resources has chosen not to fund these kinds of gadgets for students with special needs.” But school districts strapped for cash have struggled to find money for these kinds of technologies.

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, June 5:

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Financial Oversight
5:48 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

State Audit Finds District Misspent Dropout-Prevention Money

A state audit released today found that Seattle Public Schools misspent $483,862 in federal grant money meant to improve graduation rates. District officials agree with the finding, but say the money did go to useful dropout prevention programs.

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Education Funding
10:23 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Highline District Offers Free Full-Day Kindergarten To All Students

A local kindergartener hard at work.
Ann Dornfeld KUOW

Highline School District plans to offer free, full-day kindergarten to all students next school year.

Currently, half-day kindergarten is the norm: two and a half hours a day. Most Washington parents have to pay tuition if they want their kids in full-day kindergarten.

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Financial Oversight
6:20 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

State Auditors Find Seattle Schools Still Needs Tighter Internal Controls

After years of sloppy bookkeeping and at times lax financial oversight, Seattle Public Schools has improved its internal financial controls, but needs to strengthen them further, auditors from the Washington State Auditor's Office told the school board in a special meeting Wednesday.

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Swim Safety
12:55 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

School Brings Back Swim Requirement After Pool Tragedy

Devon Christopher Adams Flickr

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 7:32 am

A tragedy in Wenatchee, Wash., is prompting educators there to bring back a high school aquatics program. Starting this fall, high school freshmen in the central Washington city will have to demonstrate they know how to swim.

Formal swimming lessons in Wenatchee had gone by the wayside, as is frequently the case lately in public schools. But the Wenatchee school board is now reversing course.

In November 2011, a freshman named Antonio Reyes drowned in the high school swimming pool.

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School Board Race
5:12 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Two Seattle School Board Seats Up For Grabs In Primary

The current Seattle School Board
Seattle Public Schools

Six candidates are vying for two Seattle School Board seats in the August 6 primary election.

In Director District 5, which includes Capitol Hill, the Central Area, Beacon Hill and downtown, Kay Smith-Blum is stepping down from her board seat after one term.

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Native American Education
9:01 am
Thu May 16, 2013

District Plan To Move Indian Heritage School Angers Native Community

A standing-room only crowd at the May 15 Seattle School Board meeting protested the proposed move of the Indian Heritage program to Northgate Mall.
KUOW photo/Ann Dornfeld

The latest Seattle School District plan to move the American Indian Heritage program to Northgate Mall has angered many in the Native American community.

They rallied at Wednesday night's school board meeting to protest the move, calling it just the district's latest step toward dismantling Indian Heritage.

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Standardized Testing
6:00 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Seattle Schools Chief Scales Back Controversial MAP Test

COCOEN daily photos Flickr

The standardized test that inspired boycotts by teachers across Seattle School District will be scaled back next school year.

In a letter to district staff today, Superintendent Jose Banda announced that the Measures of Academic Progress test will still be required in kindergarten though eighth grade, but it will be optional at the high school level.

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