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Higher Education
3:22 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

History Professor: Why I Inflate Grades

Flickr Photo/ninniane

David Hyde talks with University of Houston history professor Robert Zaretsky about grade inflation and why it's hard to avoid doing it.

Labor Dispute
3:22 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Adjunct Faculty At Seattle University Pushing To Unionize

Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle University political science instructor Larry Cushnie about his efforts to organize a union for adjunct faculty members.

Watchdog
1:09 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

State Deal To Give Media Organizations Student Data Alarms Privacy Experts

Students in a PE class at Salmon Bay K-8 School in Seattle. KUOW has learned that the Washington state schools office in Olympia has signed agreements to share non-public student data with media organizations.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Editor’s Note: This story has been changed to strengthen its focus on student data privacy. The original version, which contained more specifics from an agreement between the state schools office and The Seattle Times, left some of our readers mistakenly believing that their children’s names and Social Security numbers had been released to the Times. While the story did not say that, we want to remove any doubts. The agreement can be viewed below.

KUOW has learned that the Washington state education department has signed agreements to share non-public student data with media organizations including The Seattle Times and The Associated Press.

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Charter Schools
4:31 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

In One NYC School, A Snapshot Of Bloomberg's Education Legacy

James Breton is a sophomore at the Academy for Software Engineering, one of several small schools now housed in New York's Washington Irving High School building.
Beth Fertig WNYC

Washington Irving High used to be a large school of 4,000 students. But today, the elegant, century-old building, its walls painted with murals depicting scenes from New York history, is home to seven separate schools.

The changes at this school, near the hustle and bustle of Manhattan's Union Square, offer a window into the imprint outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made on the city's public school system.

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History
4:06 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

What Happened With Mandatory Busing In Seattle And Around The Country?

Courtesy of Seattle Public Schools Archive

David Hyde speaks with Kenneth C. Davis, the author of "Don’t Know Much About History," about the history of mandatory busing in America.

Legislature
7:17 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Inslee Proposes More Prison Beds, No Teacher COLAs In Budget Update

Members of the Washington Education Association wore these buttons to Governor Jay Inslee’s supplemental budget rollout to signify five years without voter-approved cost-of-living increases.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 9:01 am

More prison beds, but no cost of living raises for school teachers are two takeaways after Washington Governor Jay Inslee proposed a modest update to the state’s two-year budget.

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The Seattle Plan
12:06 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Memories Of Busing In Seattle

Seattle was the first major city to voluntarily adopt a comprehensive desegration policy. The busing program lasted from 1972 to 1999.
Courtesy of MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, 2000.107

David Hyde hears from three listeners about their experiences with the Seattle Plan. Heather, Martin, and Robert talk about their memories of the race-based busing program enacted by the Seattle School Board that lasted from 1972 to 1999.

Charter School Law
7:04 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Ruling Allows Charter Schools To Move Forward In Washington

King County Judge Jean Rietschel found charter schools ineligible for some state funds.
Flickr Photo/everyday Zoid

A King County Superior Court ruling Thursday will allow the introduction of charter schools in Washington, but struck down part of the law as unconstitutional.    

In her ruling, Judge Jean Rietschel upheld much of the charter school law, and the state attorney general said the state will continue to implement it.

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Technology
3:28 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Paying For Lunch With Your Palm: Biometric Technology In Schools

Flickr Photo/CPOA

Ross Reynolds talks with University of Washington law professor Anita Ramasastry about the concerns behind using biometric technology in schools, like using fingerprints to identify students.

Education Reform
7:59 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Charter Schools' Volunteer Demands Could Deter Poor Families, Critics Say

Charter schools are not legally allowed to discriminate against children, but many are setting high expectations of volunteer time from family members as part of their enrollment standards.
Flickr Photo/WarzauWynn

Proposals for Washington state's first-ever charter schools include a wide range of educational models, from a focus on team sports to a military school.

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Education
9:02 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Improving Economy Means Lower Enrollment At Community Colleges

File photo of Portland Community College's Willow Creek Center in Hillsboro, Ore.
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 4:15 pm

The improving employment picture in the Northwest isn't good news if you teach at a community college.

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Education
2:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Superintendent Randy Dorn On Meeting Federal Evaluation Standards

State Superintendent Randy Dorn.
From Randy Dorn's Facebook page.

David Hyde talks with State Superintendent Randy Dorn about meeting federal teacher evaluation requirements and why Washington might lose their waiver from the No Child Left Behind law.

Education
4:37 am
Tue December 3, 2013

U.S. Students Slide In Global Ranking On Math, Reading, Science

A graphic released with the 2012 PISA results shows the annualized change in performance in average math scores between 2003 and 2012. The chart includes only nations that have comparable data from both 2003 and 2012.
PISA

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 10:13 am

American 15-year-olds continue to turn in flat results in a test that measures students' proficiency in reading, math and science worldwide, failing to crack the global top 20.

The Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, collects test results from 65 countries for its rankings, which come out every three years. The latest results, from 2012, show that U.S. students ranked below average in math among the world's most-developed countries. They were close to average in science and reading.

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Sleep Science
11:54 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Parents Of Sleep-Deprived Teens Push For Later School Start Times

Maggie Starbard / NPR

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 2:32 pm

Cristina Sevin knows the drill. Her 15-year-old son Isaac's first alarm goes off at 6:05 a.m.

When he sleeps right through it, Mom starts the nudging. But she also has to wake up 16-year-old Lily. She flips on the bedroom lights. "Lily, you gotta get up!"

They have to be out the door before 6:35 a.m. in their Annapolis, Md., neighborhood in order to catch the bus for a 7:17 school start. "I wish I didn't have to be awake right now," says Lily.

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Philanthropic Donation
2:36 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

What Will Univ. of Wash. Law Do With $56 Million Gift?

University of Washington School of Law building.
Flickr Photo/Eric E Johnson

Marcie Sillman talks with University of Washington Law School Dean Kelley Testy about how the school will spend the generous $56 million gift from Jack MacDonald.

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