Education

Idaho parents who don’t want their child to have to pass the state’s standardized test for graduation would be able to opt-out under a bill in the state Senate.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Randy Dorn, the state superintendent of public instruction, about his proposal to make schools prove their students are getting a 21st century education.

We also hear from local high school students with their thoughts on this idea.

As a high school student, Lani Guinier wrote a letter to the College Board over a math question on the SAT that she found problematic.

When she got to Harvard's Radcliffe College, her roommate announced that she was worried about something: With her perfect SAT score she'd have trouble finding someone to marry.

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Marcie Sillman speaks with Calyn Holdaway, mother of three special needs students who have been physically restrained and isolated in Washington's public schools.

Also, we hear from Veronica Cook, a special education teacher in the Shoreline school district. 

Lawmakers say kids are physically restrained or isolated too often in public schools. A bill currently in front of the state legislature aims to address this issue by tightening regulations.

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The University of Washington has named its new interim president. As KUOW’s Sara Lerner reports, Ana Mari Cauce is a veteran of the institution.

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Some parents don’t know how to parent.

When their lack of parenting skills put the child in danger, that’s when the state comes knocking – to take their children away. Nearly 7,000 kids in Washington state were placed in foster care last year.

Tariq Dyson, a student at Nathan Hale High School, attended a conference at Seattle University about combatting bullying in school.
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At Seattle University Wednesday a small number of high school students chosen from around Seattle were taught how to combat violence in schools. But they weren’t taught how to tackle a shooter, they were taught how to listen.

Our "Tools of the Trade" series is taking a look at some of the iconic objects that form a vital part of our educational lives. For an upcoming piece, I'm reporting on how young children learn through that most basic of preschool education tools: simple wooden blocks.

Seventh graders Michael Herrera and Nicholas Barbee are preparing for a maritime journey.

One-inch thick sheets of green foam lie in front of them. The foam is usually used to insulate walls, but today the boys are cutting it to fill the hull of a model boat about 5 feet long. They want the foam to fight tightly.

“We’re going to cut it in thirds or half?” Barbee asks.

“Just half,” answers Herrera.

The organization United4Iran displayed this billboard in Washington, D.C., in 2012 to protest the treatment of Baha'is in Iran.
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Jeannie Yandel talks with Mitra Zarakani, an employment specialist at Jewish Family Service's Eastside location, about her immigration to the U.S. and attending a secret university in Iran.

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Owain Weinert, at age 8, hadn’t been eating breakfast and was sleeping 12 to 14 hours a night. For months, mysterious fevers came and went.

His mother took him to the pediatrician, who in turn sent them to a lab for a blood test. They then went to lunch, which Owain didn’t eat.

Idaho lawmakers are considering a proposal to make more room for Idaho students in a University of Washington med school program.

Michael Young speaks at a cherry tree gift reception at the University of Washington on May 20, 2014.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Washington state Sen. Barbara Bailey, chair of the Senate Committee on Higher Education, about University of Washington President Michael Young's surprise decision to leave and take the top job at Texas A&M University.

Michael Young speaks at a cherry tree gift reception at the University of Washington on May 20, 2014.
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University of Washington president President Michael Young has a new job lined up: He's set to become the next president of Texas A&M University. The news came as a bit of a surprise to UW officials. 

KUOW's Kim Malcolm talked about why Young is leaving with Seattle Times higher education reporter, Katherine Long.

Michael Young at the KUOW studios.
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As KUOW's Sara Lerner reports, President Young says he hasn't officially accepted the offer.

TRANSCRIPT

Michael Young says he hasn't accepted an offer but almost in the same breath, he says:

Young: "I am leaving, I believe, one of the greatest universities in the world and I believe I’m leaving it in very good hands and I believe it's on an extraordinary trajectory."

Young was speaking at a campus event Tuesday.

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