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Commencement
1:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

As More Speakers Get The Boot, Who's Left To Send Off Graduates?

Several high-profile commencement speakers have resigned in the wake of student protests this graduation season.
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Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 4:59 pm

Graduation Season? More like Disinvitation Season.

As students across the country prepare for pomp and circumstance, college and university administrators are grappling with a series of commencement speech boondoggles.

This year alone, nearly a dozen big-name commencement speakers — including the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — have been invited to speak at graduation ceremonies, only to withdraw or have their invitations rescinded in the wake of campus protests.

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State-Funded Pre-K
8:26 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Pre-K Enrollment Down; Northwest Especially Low

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 6:10 pm

The number of preschoolers enrolled in state-funded early childhood education programs is dropping nationally.

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No Time For Play
7:29 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Recess Shrinks At Seattle Schools; Poor Schools Fare Worst

Flickr Photo/Joe Shlabotnik (CC-BY-NC-ND)

In decades past, elementary students had recess several times a day.

Today, parents and teachers across the country report dramatic cutbacks to that free time. In Seattle, the length of recess varies dramatically from school to school – from an hour to just 15 minutes.

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Seattle Teachers Union
2:33 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

President Of Seattle Teachers Union Re-Elected By 45 Votes

Seattle Education Association's Facebook page.

Ross Reynolds talks to Jonathan Knapp, president of the Seattle Education Association, about No Child Left Behind and his narrow victory over challenger Jesse Hagopian for union president.

No Time For Play
7:21 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Seattle-Area Kids Don’t Get Enough P.E., But Who Is Keeping Track?

Fourth-graders at Schmitz Park Elementary in West Seattle play capture the flag in their outdoor P.E. class.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

At a playfield in West Seattle, physical education teacher C.J. Sealey referees with a piercing whistle. Sealey aims to get these kids moving – after all, state law demands that elementary and middle school students get at least 100 minutes of P.E. every week.

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Higher Ed
2:34 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Washington State Had Second-Highest Tuition Hikes

The campus quad at the University of Washington.
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Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle Times reporter Katherine Long about tuition increases in Washington since the beginning of the recession. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the state's four-year public colleges have experienced the second-highest tuition hike in the country.

Public Education
2:27 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

What Does Progressive Education Look Like In Seattle Classrooms?

Jesse Hagopian, a teacher at Garfield High School, outlines his ideas for Seattle education.
Flickr Photo/Don Brubeck (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with co-founder of Social Equality Educators and high school teacher, Jesse Hagopian, about his goals for Seattle classrooms.

EarthFix Reports
11:02 am
Fri May 9, 2014

School Districts Explore Solutions For Too Many Portable Classrooms

Students examine a SEED portable classroom recently installed at the Perkins School in North Seattle.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

SPOKANE, Washington — Teachers at Spokane’s Jefferson Elementary don’t have to look far to know what they left behind.

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EarthFix Reports
8:23 am
Thu May 8, 2014

States Don't Limit Use Of Portable Classrooms

Workers at Blazer Industries push a half-built portable classroom out the door of the modular building manufacturing plant in Aumsville, Oregon.
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AUMSVILLE, Oregon – After affixing the roof to the walls, five workers push a half-built classroom out the door of the Blazer Industries manufacturing plant. Clearly, this is a portable classroom.

It’s one of about 130 portables Blazer has been contracted to build this year. Most will go to overcrowded schools in Washington state, and most will be built in four to seven days. Inside this warehouse, the company has built entire schools, churches, hospitals and high-end homes — one truckable piece at a time.

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Northwest Improvement
8:14 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Little Change In National 12th-Grade Math, Reading Scores

Score gains for math and reading among high school seniors in 11 pilot states.

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 5:44 pm

The federal government just released its latest national test scores for high school seniors and it’s not good news. A significant number of graduates are below standard for math and reading.

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Student Activism
3:05 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Students Urge Washington Schools To Stop Investing In Fossil Fuels

Steve Scher talks to Alex Lenferna, a graduate student at the University of Washington and leader of Divest UW, about his group's efforts to persuade the university to remove fossil fuels from its stock profile.

EarthFix Reports
7:33 am
Wed May 7, 2014

'They Need To Go': The Environmental And Health Costs Of Portable Classrooms

The columns of the front entrance of Whatcom Middle School are just visible over the top of two portable classrooms the district placed on a lot across the street.
EarthFix Photo/Tony Schick

Teacher Billie Lane’s portable is a world apart from other classrooms at her school.

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Sexual Assault
2:40 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

More Students Are Filing Sexual Assault Complaints, Investigation Shows

Washington State University is one of 55 universities under investigation by the federal government.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Kristen Lombardi, investigative reporter for The Center For Public Integrity, about the federal government's investigation into 55 universities, including Washington State Univerity, over their  handling of complaints of sexual assault.

Abuse On Campus
8:10 am
Fri May 2, 2014

WSU, U-Idaho Under Investigation For Sex Assault Complaints

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 7:09 pm

Washington State University and the University of Idaho are among the schools under investigation over their handling of sexual assault cases.

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Sexual Abuse
10:33 am
Thu May 1, 2014

55 Colleges, Universities Under Investigation For Abuse Claims

People tour the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., in 2012. Harvard was one of 55 institutions on the Education Department's newly released list.
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 1:26 pm

The Department of Education has released a list of 55 colleges and universities facing investigation under Title IX for their handling of sexual abuse claims.

Releasing the list is described as an unprecedented move. NPR's Brian Naylor says the list "starts at Arizona State University and ends at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine."

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