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November 12, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Morning round-up: “State of the District” on Wednesday, Colorado officials report more pot in schools

Seattle superintendent to present “State of the District”: José Banda, superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, will give a “State of the District” address this Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the John Stanford Center, 2445 Third Ave. S. in Seattle. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

More homeschooled students find success in college (The Deseret News): Increased access to support programs and a better public perception has helped ease the transition to college for homeschooled students. Once on campus, their experiences at home often translate into better studying and time-management habits.


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November 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Morning round-up: More international students at U.S. colleges, relaxed lice rules turn heads

More international students on U.S. college campuses (The Chronicle of Higher Education): The number of international students studying at American colleges and universities rose by 7.2 percent in the 2012-2013 academic year, with 71.3 of the 819,644 enrolled coming from China. But international students are still a small fraction on most U.S. campuses, making up 3.9 percent of students nationwide.

Notorious ghost writer weighs in on cheating (The New York Times): Dave Tomar, a writer who landed a book deal after publicly coming clean about crafting thousands of essays for desperate college students, offers his take on systemic cheating in a New York Times op-ed titled “How I helped teachers cheat.” The problem, he argues, begins in elementary school, when students — some of whom will eventually become teachers — are taught to value grades and test scores above all else.


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November 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Morning round-up: Washington students make gains in national tests, Dale Estey concedes to Peters

Washington students make gains in reading and math scores (AP): Washington state’s fourth- and eighth-graders made incremental gains in reading and math in the newly released National Assessment of Education Progress — also know as the Nation’s Report Card. Washington students outperformed national averages in every subject and at every grade level in the biennial assessments.

Dale Estey concedes to Peters in Seattle school board election: Suzanne Dale Estey announced her concession to opponent Sue Peters in a Facebook post late Wednesday night: “I wish Sue and the entire board great success in their work for Seattle’s 51,000+ public school students.”

Study shows benefits of moving top teachers to under-performing schools (Education Week): A new, seven-year study from the U.S. Department of Education found elementary teachers who accepted a $20,000 bonus to transfer to a struggling school helped students there improve in math and reading at a greater rate than their counterparts. The catch? Only 5 percent of eligible teachers were willing to make the move.


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November 6, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Morning round-up: Peters and Blanford lead school board races, other election results


Illustration by Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Illustration by Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Peters, Blanford lead in Seattle School Board races: One of the most heavily funded Seattle School Board races in recent history remained too close to call Wednesday morning, with parent activist Sue Peters leading consultant Suzanne Dale Estey by just 3 percentage points. Stephan Blanford, meanwhile, holds a strong lead over LaCrese Green in the race for the other vacant seat. Early results for other local school board races are available here.

Colorado tax measure defeated, new mayors in Boston and New York City (Education Week): In other education-related election news, voters in Colorado decidedly struck down a statewide measure that would have put an additional $1 billion in taxpayer money toward K-12 education. On the East Coast, new mayors in New York City and Boston, and a new governor in Virginia, could signal significant changes for public schools there.


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