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5:40pm

Thu December 23, 2010
K-12 Education

More Washington schools report homeless students

The number of homeless students in Washington during the past school year is 5-percent higher than the previous year.  More than 21,000 homeless students now go to school in Washington state, according to new figures released by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

During the 2005-06 school year, districts reported half as many homeless students.

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8:53am

Thu December 23, 2010
K-12 Education

New study: seniority-based teacher layoffs can hurt student achievement

Flickr/sumrtime

A UW Bothell education research group finds the "last hired, first fired" formula when public school teachers are laid off can be detrimental to student achievement. Such policies are staples of teacher union contracts. The findings are drawing criticism from a national teacher's union, according to The Associated Press.

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4:12pm

Fri December 17, 2010

2:27pm

Fri December 17, 2010
K-12 Education

Bethel closer to ditching junior high schools

What's one way to end the terror of junior high?  Members of a Bethel School District committee think the answer is to create middle schools. 

The group of residents and staff from Pierce County’s third-largest school district voted Wednesday night to support switching the junior high configuration to a middle school model, reports the Tacoma News Tribune.

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8:02am

Wed December 15, 2010
K-12 Education

State needs more than a century to close achievement gap

Seattle Office for Education

Washington is finally making progress on closing the achievement gap between different groups of students, but researchers say it’s not all good news.  A new report found that the gains mean some students will still lag behind for more than a century. 

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2:28pm

Thu December 9, 2010
K-12 Education

Supreme Court says state not shortchanging special education

The Washington Supreme Court has dealt a blow to a dozen school districts across the state that sought more money for special education.  Today, the court said the districts did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the state underfunds the programs, a violation of its constitution

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9:49am

Thu December 9, 2010
State Budget Crisis

Governor orders cuts as preschool waitlist soars

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

The number of poor children on the waitlist for preschool in Washington has tripled over the past three years. And now the problem may get worse. Governor Chris Gregoire’s across-the-board budget reductions threaten to cut more than 100 kids who are already enrolled.

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6:23am

Thu December 9, 2010
Education

Goodloe-Johnson apologizes for misrepresenting high school rates

Gary Davis/KPLU

It was a mistake that led to misinforming the public, says Seattle schools chief Maria Goodloe-Johnson.  She apologized at last night’s Seattle School Board meeting.  Goodloe-Johnson says she wants to assure the public that changes have been made to ensure it doesn’t happen again. 

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5:10am

Thu December 9, 2010
Education

New push to help South King County students succeed

Gary Davis/KPLU

A major effort launches today to help low-income students in South King County and South Seattle.  It’s a new approach to a decades-old problem – how to help disadvantaged kids succeed in school and beyond. 

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6:36am

Mon December 6, 2010
K-12 Education

African Americans most affected by low-performing schools

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

African American kids are more likely than any other students to start their educations in Seattle’s worst public schools.  That’s according to a new report from University of Washington researchers.  Community groups and school district administrators say it means schools are disproportionately failing kids who already face big hurdles to education. 

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