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November 28, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Seattle schools to consider delay on new graduation requirements

Seattle school leaders might soon delay new graduation requirements that would increase the number of credits a student needs to finish high school.

The Seattle school board plans to vote Wednesday on whether to tell the state they need two more years to meet the new requirements, passed by Washington lawmakers earlier this year.  Those requirements are supposed to go into effect starting with next fall’s incoming freshman class, and require students to earn 24 credits to graduate instead of 20.

Seattle can’t meet that mark by then, school board President Sharon Peaslee said in an interview Friday.

Many Seattle high schools operate on a six-period class schedule, she said, making 24 credits roughly the maximum amount a Seattle student can earn in his or her high school career. That means failing or dropping out of even one class would cause a student to not graduate on time, she said.

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June 10, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Graduation photo contest

Update: This contest was canceled due to lack of participation. Photos are no longer being accepted. — Original post: Graduation season is here again, and young people throughout our region are celebrating major milestones and transitioning to new and exciting experiences. But amid all the Pomp and Circumstance, graduation can stir up a wide range of emotions. Are you…

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April 2, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Senior projects: Worthwhile or a waste of time?

Michael Osbun / Op Art

Michael Osbun / Op Art

Gov. Jay Inslee is set to sign a bill next week that would change a state law requiring high-school students to complete senior projects prior to graduation.

The measure originated after lobbying from Yakima-area state Rep. David Taylor and his 17-year-old stepdaughter Tiffany Stewart, who decided to do her senior project on the topic of ending senior projects.

The change was passed as an amendment inside another bill. It would make senior projects an optional graduation requirement for school districts.

Stewart argued senior projects take up a lot of class time and that some students do the bare minimum, baking cupcakes or making quilts to meet the requirement.

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