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2:17 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Superintendent Jose Banda On Seattle Schools In 2014

Seattle Schools Superintendent Jose Banda

Marcie Sillman speaks with Jose Banda, Seattle Schools superintendent, about teacher evaluations, gifted programs, school boundaries and more.

Immigration
6:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Peace At Foster High, Where Students Once Couldn’t ‘Let Go Of The War’

Students at Foster High School in Tukwila celebrate a multi-cultural day as part of their Homecoming festivities.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ardo Hersi

David Montoya graduated from Foster High School in Tukwila, Wash., in 1989. The school was once surrounded by farms and orchards, and Montoya estimated that he was from one of maybe 10 minority families at the time.

Montoya’s son Max now attends the school, and it looks a lot different now. Minorities make up 71 percent of the student body, and The New York Times estimates that Foster is in the most diverse school district in the nation.

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Postscripts
5:18 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Six Months Later, Girl With Autism Thrives With Trained Teachers

This is how Chloe Burton draws herself today, complete with freckles and a wide smile.
Chloe Burton

Chloe Burton had a great year in kindergarten.

Although she has autism, she had no problem learning in a general education classroom alongside her peers.

But in first grade, things went downhill. Chloe wandered the classroom instead of finishing her work.

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Labor
3:10 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Labor Expert Says Seattle Was Epicenter Of Labor Movement In 2013

Locally, one of the biggest labor stories of the year was the contract dispute between Boeing and the Machinist Union.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Marcie Sillman talks with John Nichols, Washington correspondent at The Nation, about the year's most significant labor stories.

Postscripts
8:10 am
Fri December 27, 2013

A Welder Reflects: 'I’m A Different Person Than I Was. I Have A Trade.'

Welding is in demand in industries from construction to aerospace. The pay is good for that reason – and also because it’s dangerous work.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jake Warga

When Shannon Kelley started a free worker retraining program last summer, he was 43 years old and had been laid off for five years.

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Shelter
3:19 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Homeless In Seattle: 'Seeing A Family Walk In Here, It’s A Heartbreaker'

Ken Kahaloha, a resident at the South Jackson Street camp is also its kitchen manager. The Jackson Street camp was one of three to replace Nickelsville, which was closed in September.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

As snow dusted Seattle on Friday morning, demand for warm items shot up at a homeless camp in Seattle’s central area.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:45 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Amid Protests Of Vice Principal's Resignation, Youth Mark Changing Catholic Church

Students at Eastside Catholic High School held a sit-in on Thursday in solidarity for the vice principal who was asked to resign.
Flickr Photo/binw.marketing

David Hyde talks with Seattle PI columnist Joel Connelly about changing attitudes towards same-sex marriage in the Catholic church.

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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

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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