Education

Whittier Elementary School third-grader Kai Holec said ever since his lunch period got shortened to 15 minutes this year, he hasn't been able to finish his meal before it's time to go to recess.

And that's not enough to keep him going.

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UPDATE: 11/5/2014, 4:19 p.m.  

At last count, Initiative 1351 continued to be closely split with 49.5 percent in favor, 50.5 percent against.

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A statewide initiative to reduce K-12 class sizes is too close to call in early returns: 50.6 to 49.4 percent, with the "yes" votes slightly trailing.

Initiative 1351 would decrease average class sizes for all grades, but especially for the youngest students.

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These are the election results as of Wednesday, 4:35 p.m.

Is Class Size Reduction Cost Effective?

Nov 4, 2014
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Ross Reynolds talks with Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, about whether spending billions on class size reduction is the best use of Washington's resources.
Balloons and flowers at an impromptu memorial at Marysville Pilchuck High School the Monday after a school shooting on Friday, Oct. 24.
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Jeannie Yandel talks with journalist Dave Cullen, the author of the book "Columbine," about how he saw false explanations for the Columbine shooting affect national policy, and why he urges media and friends of Marysville community members alike to take their time trying to work through the causes of the shooting.

Students put flowers on memorial at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.
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Marcie Sillman hears from sociologist Katherine Newman, author of "Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings," about how communities can help students to recognize and report warning signs of a potential school shooting.

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The Washington State Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday regarding the constitutionality of the voter-approved charter school law.

Today, NPR Ed kicks off a yearlong series: 50 Great Teachers.

We're starting this celebration of teaching with Socrates, the superstar teacher of the ancient world. He was sentenced to death more than 2,400 years ago for "impiety" and "corrupting" the minds of the youth of Athens.

But Socrates' ideas helped form the foundation of Western philosophy and the scientific method of inquiry. And his question-and-dialogue-based teaching style lives on in many classrooms as the Socratic method.

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Even though the school doors are closed all week, there’s a steady stream of visitors to Marysville Pilchuck High.

They weave ribbons through the fence that runs along the school field.

Gently lean one more bouquet of flowers between hundreds like it.

Sara Lerner interviews Cooper Broggel, 16, who realized a classmate at The Center School had a Molotov cocktail, an incendiary device, at the school Monday. He describes the situation.

Higher teacher salaries may help students do better in school, according to a study by Mathmatica Policy Research. The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School in New York City pays its teachers $125,000 a year, plus bonuses.

The research, which was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, shows test scores at the charter school are higher in math, science and English.

The study was authored by Joshua Furgeson, Moira McCullough, Clare Wolfendale, Brian Gill.

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Marcie Sillman speaks with graduate student Elle O'Brien, who recently represented the University of Washington's Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering at the National Science Foundation's Perfect Pitch Competition, about making science comprehensible to everyone.

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A 14-year-old girl wounded in last week’s high school shooting has died, raising the number of fatalities to three.

Officials at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett say 14-year-old Gia Soriano died on Sunday night.

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The Snohomish County medical examiner has still not identified the teen girl who died in Friday's shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School on Friday.

Police have interviewed more than 100 eyewitnesses to the shooting at the school's cafeteria.

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Hundreds of students at Garfield High School in Seattle walked out of class Thursday to protest district cuts that could cost the school a teacher.

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