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Financing Higher Education
12:00 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

What Happens In Washington If Student Loan Interest Rates Rise?

Will increased student loan interest rates change your views on higher education?
Flickr Photo/Dave Herholz

The interest rate on many student loans is scheduled to double on July 1, to 6.8 percent from 3.4 percent. That was expected to happen last year, but Congress voted to extend the lower rate. If the student loan interest rate does increase it will be way above loans for cars or even homes. Ross Reynolds talks with The Chronicle of Higher Education's chief Washington reporter, Kelly Field about the potential impacts of rising student loan interest rates. 

Schools Financial Scandal
3:01 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Former Seattle Schools Official Silas Potter Pleads Guilty To Theft

Silas Potter and his attorney Seth Conant in King County Superior Court December 7, 2012.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

After his re-arrest on Saturday, former Seattle Public Schools official Silas Potter pleaded guilty Monday to 36 counts of theft for directing $168,275 in school district funds to a dummy company he controlled.

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Creative Accounting
6:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Many Wash. Districts Have Been Exaggerating Graduation Rates

Graduation rate calculations, long based on districts' subjective determinations, will now be standardized nationwide.
Flickr/draggin

In 2011, the Washington Association of School Administrators named Mary Alice Heuschel Superintendent of the Year. In a promotional video for the award, Heuschel described how she helped transform the Renton School District in her five years as superintendent.

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Early Learning
4:54 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Two Seattle Head Start Programs Deemed Low-Quality, Lose Funding

The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation Head Start program, one of two Washington programs to lose federal funding, is located at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Seattle's Discovery Park.
brewbooks Flickr

  Two Seattle Head Start programs have lost their federal funding after they failed to meet quality standards. It's the first round of contract terminations in the new push by the Obama administration to improve the early learning programs for low-income kids.

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Education Reform
7:35 am
Wed April 3, 2013

12 Wash. Districts File To Become Charter School Authorizers

derekbruff Flickr

Twelve Washington school districts have formally announced they’ll apply to become charter school authorizers. Bellevue, Highline, Kent, Tacoma, Spokane and Port Townsend are among the districts seeking the power to approve charter school applications in their regions. Those districts met the State Board of Education's April 1 deadline for notices of intent to apply for authorizer status.

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Fruit, Not Fries
11:29 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Lunchroom Makeovers Nudge Kids Toward Better Choices

Students select blueberries and rolls from the food line at Lincoln Elementary in Olympia, Wash., in 2004.
John Froschauer AP

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 1:49 pm

Gone are the days of serving up tater tots and French toast sticks to students. Here are the days of carrot sticks and quinoa.

New nutritional guidelines, announced in 2012, require public school lunchrooms to offer more whole grains, low-fat milk and fewer starchy sides like french fries. But short of stationing grandmothers in every cafeteria, how do you ensure that students actually eat the fruits and veggies they're being offered?

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Funding Education
10:46 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Washington Governor Shifts Emphasis To Sell Tax Package For Schools

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 4:45 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – On the campaign trail, Washington Governor Jay Inslee talked about financing education by growing the economy. Now the Democrat proposes to raise $1.2 billion for schools by extending some tax increases and ending some tax breaks.

In Spokane last June I moderated the first gubernatorial debate between Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna. And I put this question to both candidates: if elected, would you ask voters to support a new tax for schools to respond to the Washington Supreme Court’s ruling that the state is not adequately funding education.

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Undocumented College Students
7:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Wash. Dream Act Unlikely To Clear Senate

Credit Flickr Photo/Dave Herholz

Supporters of a bill dubbed the Washington Dream Act plan to make one more uphill push in Olympia Tuesday. The measure would extend state financial aid to eligible college students who are in the US illegally. Hopes for the bill dwindled this weekend as a key state senator spoke out against the measure.

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Obituary
10:34 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Cheryl Chow, Educator And Politician Dies At 66

Sarah Morningstar watches her daughter Liliana Morningstar-Chow kiss her mother Cheryl Chow. Chow spoke at Seattle City Hall Monday, Sep. 17, 2012.
The Seattle Channel

Cheryl Chow died Friday. Chow served on the Seattle City Council and the Seattle School Board. She grew up in Seattle and had also worked as a teacher, a principal and an assistant director for Girl Scouts of Western Washington.

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Theft Trial
5:11 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Arrest Warrant Issued For Former Seattle Schools Official Silas Potter

David A. Johnson stands between defense attorneys at a pretrial hearing where co-defendant Silas Potter failed to appear.
Ann Dornfeld

Former Seattle Public Schools official Silas Potter has disappeared, just weeks before his trial was to begin for his alleged theft of a quarter-million dollars from the district.

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Standardized Testing
4:58 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

District Says Teachers Who Boycotted Test Won’t Be Punished

The superintendent of Seattle Public Schools said no teachers will be disciplined for refusing to give students the district-wide Measures of Academic Progress test. The district got international attention after dozens of teachers at several schools boycotted the test this winter, calling it a waste of time and money.

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Higher Education
7:43 am
Fri March 29, 2013

UW To Offer Discount Online Bachelor’s Degrees

Preschoolers at the UW West Campus Children's Center, where UW early-learning students train.
Ann Dornfeld

The University of Washington plans to offer its first online bachelor’s degree program beginning this fall, with steeply discounted tuition compared to on-campus undergraduate classes.

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School Safety
12:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Reading, Writing And An Armed Guard: Snohomish Sheriff Gets Deputies On Campus

Sheriff John Lovick in KUOW's breakroom.
KUOW Photo/Arwen Nicks

After the Sandy Hook school shooting when 20 children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old were killed in Newtown, Connecticut, some organizations, including the National Rifle Association, recommended armed guards. 

Snohomish County is putting armed police officers in county schools, but the Snohomish County Sheriff says this decision is not influenced by the NRA. Ross Reynolds and Sheriff John Lovick discuss how six armed officers rotating through more than 100 schools spread out over 2,000 square miles will potentially work.

Top Olympia Lobbyists
8:49 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Washington Teachers' Union Top Lobbying Spender In Olympia So Far

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 4:45 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – New disclosure reports are out on money spent for lobbying in Olympia. Who tops the list? So far Washington’s teachers’ union is spending the most to influence state lawmakers this legislative session.

The Washington Education Association has five top priorities for the 2013 legislature. The list includes more money for schools as directed by the Washington Supreme Court. The union is also pushing for competitive salaries and benefits for teachers and support staff.

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Education Reform
8:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

“Fighting To Put Students First” With Michelle Rhee

Credit Flickr photo/The National Academy Of Sciences

As the chancellor of Washington, DC, public schools in 2007, implemented a variety of changes that made her a controversial figure in the education reform movement.

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