Education

The doors to the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, where a freshman killed four of his friends and wounded a fifth. He then killed himself. The school has grappled with many questions since the shooting, including where to eat.
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Few enter the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, where five freshmen were fatally shot six months ago, including the shooter, and one was wounded. The building stands off from the rest of campus, its gray doors locked.

How many different flavors of jam do you need to be happy?

In 2000, a famous experiment showed that when people were presented with a supermarket sampler of 24 exotic fruit flavors, they were more attracted to the display. But, when the sample included only six flavors, they were 10 times more likely to actually buy.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said he doesn’t approve of one-day walkouts by teachers, but the Democrat also said he understands their frustration over pay raises and class size.

Washington lawmakers are poised to put an additional $1.3 billion to $1.4 billion into public schools over the next two years.

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Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about education funding and a proposal to swap levies in Washington state to ensure district equality.

On weekend afternoons, Craig Adams Jr. plays for tourists on the streets of the French Quarter.

He gigs with different bands, bringing whatever's needed: trumpet, trombone, saxophone — he plays six or seven instruments in all. There's a white plastic bucket on the sidewalk so people can drop in cash as they browse the T-shirts and Mardi Gras masks.

Craig is 18, and there's music in his blood: "I had my uncle, my grandfather, and my dad to teach me." His father, Craig Adams Sr., leads a group called the Higher Dimensions of Praise Gospel Band.

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Marcie Sillman talks to Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., about the revised No Child Left Behind bill she crafted with Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

UW To Give Minority Law Students A Helping Hand

Apr 16, 2015
University of Washington Law School
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Kellye Testy, dean of the University of Washington Law School, about their Gregoire Fellows program. The program aims to boost diversity in the law school and the legal profession.

LA Schools To Apple: You Owe Us

Apr 16, 2015

The Los Angeles Unified School District is demanding that Apple Inc. refund millions of dollars for Pearson software that had been loaded onto iPads for the district's 650,000 students.

If an agreement on the dispute cannot be reached, the nation's second-largest school district could take Apple to court.

Two years after the district launched the most expansive school technology initiative in the country, its attorney said it is "extremely dissatisfied" with the work of Pearson, the publisher of the Common Core learning software.

Students at the Fiddleheads, an outdoor school at the Washington Park Arboretum.
Fiddleheads Family Nature School

Seattle is beginning to experiment with an unorthodox concept – outdoor preschool.

All day, all year round. Three- and 4-year-old kids would learn outside and in parks. It's more than recess – it's an outdoor classroom.

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If you don’t like standardized tests, how should we assess our kids’ learning? Do we really want to ban all cell phone use in the car, or do we just say we do? And can a flotilla of kayaks block a giant oil derrick-pulling cargo carrier?

Bill Radke debates this week’s news with KIRO 7’s Essex Porter, Crosscut’s Knute Berger and Seattle Channel’s Joni Balter.

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Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle Superintendent Larry Nyland about the new state standardized test. 

Also, RadioActive reporter Ahlaam Ibraahim asks students what they think about the new test. 

Memorials for six students of the Seattle Interagency Academy who have died in recent months.
Courtesy of Kaaren Andrews

Marcie Sillman speaks with Katy Sewall about six students who in the last six months have died as a result of suicide or murder. All six students were members of the Seattle Interagency Academy, a network of several small high schools in the Seattle Public Schools. Sewall interviewed Kaaren Andrews, the principal of Interagency Academy for Crosscut.

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It’s the day before state testing, and the Dimpsey and Rasche kids gather for a playdate in Kirkland.

Pearl, a third-grader at Peter Kirk Elementary, won’t take the test. “If people didn’t know it was such a big test then I think they would actually do a better job,” she says.

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Marcie Sillman talks to Katie Brown, an English language learner teacher at Shuksan Middle School in Bellingham, and Ross Reynolds talks to Lyon Terry, a fourth grade teacher at Lawton Elementary school in Seattle, about the challenges and advantages of the new Smarter Balanced Assessment test that students across Washington state will take this spring. 

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