Education

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.
Flickr Photo/Nicola Sapiens De Mitri (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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.
Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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.

Washington lawmakers are in contempt of court over school funding. But it’s a couple of non-funding issues that could create a partisan rift.

Photo of school buses parked in a parking lot.
Flickr Photo/tncountryfan

Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the big policy sticking points facing Washington lawmakers concerning education.

Like many schools across Colorado, Arapahoe Ridge High School in Boulder has seen an increase in overall drug incidents since recreational marijuana became legal.

While public schools aren't required to report marijuana incidents separately from other drugs such as cocaine, evidence compiled by Rocky Mountain PBS I-News suggests more students are using marijuana.

Were you ever the teacher's pet? Or did you just sit behind the teacher's pet and roll your eyes from time to time?

A newly published paper suggests that personality similarity affects teachers' estimation of student achievement. That is, how much you are like your teacher contributes to his or her feelings about you — and your abilities.

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