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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.