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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.

Collegiate Athletics
2:36 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Should Schools Be Without Sports?

Football is a big part of student culture and a money-maker for colleges, but should it be removed from higher education?
Flickr Photo/Jamie Campbell

David Hyde talks with "Friday Night Lights" author Buzz Bissinger about shrinking the behemoth that is college sports.

Cracking The Code
9:11 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Encouraging Girls, Women To Pursue Jobs In Tech

Elizabeth Brace, right, works on coding at a University of Washington camp.
Credit Courtesy of Megan Fu

It’s summertime in Seattle, and deep inside a basement classroom of the Paul Allen computer science building at the University of Washington, Justin Bieber is being deconstructed.

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Education Reform
5:13 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

22 Contenders Vie To Become State's First Charter Schools

Thirty-one schools, as shown above, filed a notice of intent with the state to establish a charter school, over half of which would be in either King or Pierce county. Twenty-two schools completed applications by Friday's deadline.
Credit Kara McDermott

A military school for at-risk youth.

A high school that uses sports to teach life lessons.

A school focused on special education.

These are three of the 22 proposals for Washington state’s first charter schools that made it in by last Friday’s deadline.

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Education
3:31 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

New Study Says 'Flipped Classrooms' Improve Student Performance

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David Hyde talks with University of North Carolina professor Russell Mumper about how reversing the traditional classroom model increases student performance.

Education
11:58 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Charter Schools In Philadelphia: Educating Without A Blueprint

Shayna Terrell is the outreach coordinator at Simon Gratz Mastery Charter School in Philadelphia.
Matt Stanley for NPR

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 8:39 am

This is final story in a three-part report on Philadelphia schools in crisis.

Shayna Terrell is in a good mood: It's report card night at the Simon Gratz Mastery Charter high school in North Philadelphia, and parents are showing up in good numbers.

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Education Controversy
3:54 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Seattle School Board Approves New Boundary Plan

Flickr Photo/Chris Campbell

Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW education reporter Ann Dornfeld about the Seattle School Board's decision to approve a new school-assignment plan.

School Blues
11:43 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Seattle School Board Approves New Boundaries At Seven Hour Meeting

Terri Green, president of the Wedgwood Elementary Parent Teacher Association, addresses the Seattle School Board at Wednesday night's meeting.
Credit Courtesy of Rebecca Nelson, RavennaBlog.com

At a seven-hour meeting on Wednesday night, the Seattle School Board approved controversial new boundaries – to the chagrin of parents, teachers and students who packed the room to beg the board to reconsider.

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School Rules
9:33 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Seattle Parents Rankled By School District's Proposed Boundaries

Arlo Jackson and Nico Binuya say it's important to them to be able to walk from their Beacon Hill homes to Mercer Middle School.
Tom Jackson

At 6:55 a.m. last Friday, wearing a red backpack and holding an apple fritter, 11-year-old Arlo Jackson trudged out the door to Mercer Middle School.

"The cold air kinda wakes you up," Arlo said as he walked to his first stop, his friend Nico Binuya’s house. After Nico got a kiss from his mom, the two friends were on their way, chatting about “school, sports and, like, girls.”

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