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Category: Education
December 16, 2014 at 6:01 AM

School discipline: It’s a cycle that perpetuates difficulty in classes

The article on suspending high school students by Claudia Rowe hit home for me [“Suspending kids doesn’t fix bad behavior; schools look for answers,” Education, Dec. 5]. I’m a high school student from the suburbs of Seattle and the truth of the article is unavoidable. I have had friends that even have been suspended…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Claudia Rowe, discipline, education

December 11, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Charter schools: Shouldn’t all public schools be allowed to be ‘flexible’

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Some people would say that the myth about charter schools is that they are public schools. Initiative 1240 called them “public charter schools,” despite two important differences.

First, the “flexibility” referred to by the two charter school principals’ guest column [“Dispelling the myths about charter schools,” Opinion, Dec. 6] is that the charter schools are allowed to ignore some of the rules and regulations that public schools have to

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: charter schools, education, Mary Wallon

November 26, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Initiative 1351: A funding plan for smaller class sizes

The editorial “Homeless students hurt by funding competition” [Opinion, Nov. 22] implies that those who voted in favor of Initiative 1351 are blind or stupid because we “bought into the initiative’s promise of smaller classes” without having a funding plan. It’s not us “yes” voters who are pitting homeless children against small classes —…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: class sizes, education, homelessness

November 19, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I-1351: Voters need to make wiser decisions

I have always believed that voters are not informed enough to make a common-sense decision about a particular initiative — this proves it [“How to fund I-1351?” Opinion, Nov. 13]. One really has to wonder why half the voting public passed Initiative 1351 without regard as to how to pay for it. I wonder how…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: class sizes, education, Initiative 1351

November 18, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Substitute teachers: Improve absenteeism to fix problem

The recent article on the shortage of substitute teachers suggested that schools are finding it difficult to find qualified substitutes to fill all the need [“Daily problem for schools: There aren’t enough substitutes,” Local News, Nov. 13]. As a former member of the Seattle School Board, I remember that also being an issue…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: absenteeism, Don Nielsen, education

October 31, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Class sizes: What counts in education

Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” The endless search for research proving what best supports children’s learning will never result in proof enough to justify the cost [“Does class size matter? Research reveals surprises,” Local News, Oct. 28]. Sadly,…

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Comments | More in Education, Election | Topics: Class size, education, Initiative 1351

October 31, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Class sizes: Additional research shows the value of small classes

The article on Initiative 1351 [“Does class size matter? Research reveals surprises,” Local News, Oct. 28], which would reduce class sizes, was well-done and we have local research to support the findings at the high-school level. In 2005-2006 I conducted an evaluation of an effort at Shorecrest High School that (without any funding)…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Bill Leon, class sizes, education

October 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Downtown school: School Board hasn’t put in the necessary effort

As I suspected, the Seattle School Board and the schools administration is closing in on a decision to not open a school downtown and to let slip away a rare opportunity presented by the availability of the old Federal Reserve building [“Board unsure it can afford ‘free’ site for downtown school,” Local News,…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Federal Reserve, Paul Gutowski

October 27, 2014 at 8:08 PM

UW innovation: Don’t lose sight of academic goals by building new buildings

I applaud UW President Michael Young’s vision for the role of the University of Washington in a shining technological future [“How the University of Washington plans to lead Puget Sound innovation,” Opinion, Oct. 16]. However, the liability to which we are all subject, gazing consistently upward as we do, is that we tend to lose track…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: academics, education, Michael Young

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