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King County Elections
2:59 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Lake Wash. School District Bonds Failing On Second Round

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Along with Proposition 1, another measure on some King County ballots appears to be failing. The construction bond measure for the Lake Washington School District needed 60 percent to pass.

Early returns had just 50 percent of voters approving it.

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Innovative Preschool
2:03 am
Wed April 23, 2014

One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents

Tiffany Contreras walks her daughter Kyndall, 4, to preschool at Disney Elementary in Tulsa, Okla.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 8:08 am

President Obama has called repeatedly on Congress to help states pay for "high-quality preschool" for all. In fact, those two words — "high quality" — appear time and again in the president's prepared remarks. They are also a refrain among early childhood education advocates and researchers. But what do they mean? And what separates the best of the nation's preschool programs from the rest?

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Race-Conscious Preferences
9:54 am
Tue April 22, 2014

The Supreme Court Decides On Michigan Affirmative Action Case

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Ross Reynolds talks with Marcia Coyle, the chief Washington correspondent for the National Law Journal, about the repercussions of the Supreme Court's decision on Michigan's affirmative action case Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.

College Admissions
9:28 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette speaks to reporters after arguing the case before the U.S. Supreme Court in October. He's with XIV Foundation CEO Jennifer Gratz, who was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the University of Michigan's affirmative action policy.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 5:02 am

The Supreme Court has ruled that a Michigan ballot initiative to ban racial preferences in college admissions is constitutional, overturning a lower court decision.

In a 6-2 decision Tuesday, the justices said the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong to set aside the voter-approved ban as discriminatory.

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Early Education
2:03 am
Tue April 22, 2014

What Exactly Is 'High-Quality' Preschool?

Nikki Jones' preschool class at Porter Early Childhood Development Center in Tulsa.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 8:04 am

For years, President Obama has been a vocal booster of early childhood education. In his past two State of the Union addresses, he has called on Congress to help fund preschool for every child in the country.

"Research shows that one of the best investments we can make in a child's life is high-quality early education," Obama told Congress in January.

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Education & Race
3:55 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Does Higher Education Lack Diversity? Western Pres. Says It's A National Problem

Western Washington University President Dr. Bruce Shepard.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Western Washington University President Dr. Bruce Shepard about his concerns for the lack of diversity at Western and other schools across the country.

In a recent convocation speech, Shepard sparked a debate over his statement: "If we are as white in 10 years as we are today, Western will have failed as a university."

Teacher Award
1:19 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Tacoma Teacher Wins Milken Educator Award

Ecstatic students swarmed Nathan Gibbs-Bowling seconds after he heard Senator Patty Murray announce that he is the 2013–14 Milken Educator Award winner for the state of Washington.
Credit Courtesy of Milken Family Foundation

A high school social studies teacher in Tacoma was caught off guard when he received a national award for his exceptional work in the classroom.

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College Entrance Exams
10:41 am
Wed April 16, 2014

SAT Releases Preview Of New Test Questions

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 12:30 pm

High school students planning to take the SAT in 2016 can now look up sample questions to the new version of the college admissions test.

The College Board, the company that owns the SAT, announced last month that it was making big changes to the test, which has lost ground to the rival ACT test.

Among the key changes:

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Recreational Marijuana
10:40 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Colorado High School Offers Treatment To Drug Users

Adams City High School 17-year-old Jynessa (left) talks with Encompass therapist Erica Hermann in a conference room at the school. Jynessa is trying to quit smoking marijuana. (Jenny Brundin/CPR)

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 12:30 pm

Ever since recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado in January, some school officials say they’re seeing more students using it. They also say heavy weed smokers generally miss more class and get lower grades.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Jenny Brundin of Colorado Public Radio looks at a pilot program at a high school in outside of Denver that is now offering drug treatment alongside of biology and Spanish.

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Documentary
3:40 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Ken Burns On 'The Greatest Speech In American History'

Greenwood School student, Pasha, reciting the Gettysburg Address in Ken Burns' latest documentary.
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Ross Reynolds talks with filmmaker Ken Burns about his new documentary, "The Address."

The film captures the story of a school for boys with learning differences and disabilities in Vermont where the students are encouraged to recite President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

School Discipline
3:32 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Reforming Punishment In Washington Public Schools

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Steve Scher talks with Katie Mosehauer, executive director of Washington Appleseed, about proposed changes to school discipline policies in Washington state public schools. The state government passed a law in September that would limit almost all suspensions and expulsions to, at maximum, one year.

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Food Insecurity
9:17 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Food Pantries On The Rise To Help 'Starving Students'

The University District Food Bank has seen more students in recent years. Rising cost of tuition and living expenses have made it hard for students to buy food.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

The expression “starving students” is not just a cliché. It’s real.

Researchers call this situation “food insecurity,” and it’s a concern that affects schools across the country, including many in the Pacific Northwest. A recent study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that 59 percent of students at Western Oregon University were going hungry.

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Education Reform
3:29 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Common Core State Standards Explained

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Ross Reynolds sits down with KUOW's education reporter Ann Dornfeld to talk about the new changes to learning standards in Washington state public schools.

Education Reform
7:30 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Is Common Core A Good Fit For Kindergarten?

Marissa Zellers reads a new Common Core-aligned text with her kindergarten students at Albert Einstein Elementary School in Redmond, Wash.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

As school districts across Washington integrate the new Common Core State Standards in reading and math into their curricula, some kindergarten teachers say the standards are squeezing out other important lessons that young children need to succeed in school – and life.

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Paying For College
12:53 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Paying Off Student Loans Puts A Dent In Wallets, And The Economy

Student loan debt forces many young adults to make hard choices about how they spend their money — and can prevent them from making investments that will pay off down the road.
David Sacks Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:38 am

Weighing in at more than $1 trillion, student loan debt is now larger than total credit card debt. Morning Edition recently asked young adults about their biggest concerns, and more than two-thirds of respondents mentioned college debt. Many say they have put off marriage or buying a home because of the financial burden they took on as students.

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