Education

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults, and those who live in rural areas are especially at risk.

For young people between the ages of 10 and 24, the suicide rates in rural areas are nearly double those of urban areas, according to a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. And that disparity is growing.

All this week we've been talking about the importance of applying for financial aid, the difficulty of doing so and what can be done to make it simpler.

Scantron test sheet
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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times reporter Leah Todd about why some school board members want to suspend Common Core-related exams in Seattle Public Schools.

Ross Reynolds talks to state Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island, about a bill in the Senate that would require schools include social and emotional learning in their curriculum.

Also Zane Thorton, a 7th grader at Pacific Middle School, talks about why emotional learning is important to him.

The first time a judge sent Marquise-Unique Travon Flynn to juvenile detention he was in fifth grade. He had one goal: not to cry in front of the other kids in the courtroom.

Skipping school is not a crime in Washington state, but it can still land a student behind bars.

For this series, we've been thinking a lot about the iconic tools that some of us remember using — if only for a short time — in our early schooling. Things like the slide rule and protractor, Presidential Fitness Test and Bunsen burner.

Oregon lawmakers are set to open debate on the biggest chunk of the state budget.

Students study in a Singapore Starbucks.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Yoonsun Choi, University of Chicago professor, about the "model minority" myth and why lumping Asian students in one category makes it harder for people to succeed. 

More Parents Say No To Standardized Testing

Feb 27, 2015

A growing number of parents and students are deciding to “opt out” of assessment tests in an effort to stem the rise of what they call a “toxic testing culture.”

Pennsylvania saw a five-fold increase in parents “opting out” over the past three years. In New York, some 67,000 students – 5 percent of all students – sat out the statewide math test.

And it seems that some officials are paying attention. U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan pledged to urge Congress to set state testing limits.

The Latino/a Educational Achievement Project (LEAP)

On Friday, hundreds of Latino students will visit with lawmakers in Olympia. One of their top issues relates a state-funded college scholarship. As KUOW’s Liz Jones reports, they want undocumented students to be eligible for this money, too.

Washington lawmakers are approaching the halfway mark of their 105-day session. Hot issues include marijuana, mental health, oil trains and cap-and-trade.

A bipartisan bill in the Idaho legislature would train teachers to deal with bullying and require them to intervene when they see it happen.

File photo of Seattle University.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle University adjunct instructor Larry Cushnie about why he's advocating for improved working conditions for adjunct faculty at Seattle University.

For this series, we've been thinking a lot about the iconic tools that some of us remember using — if only for a short time — in our early schooling. Things like the slide rule and protractor, the Presidential Fitness Test and wooden blocks.

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