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Category: Education
July 28, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Maybe women just might not be interested STEM education

Why aren’t more women choosing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers? ["State needs to do more to get girls interested in STEM learning," Opinion, July 25]. Schools, the media and society are all promoting STEM for students, including girls. Even the workplace is friendly and accommodating with supportive policies, environments and good wages. And…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, engineering, mathematics

July 21, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Rewarding teachers: The key difference from the military is motivation

At the end of his guest column, Dick Dickinson asks: If military instructors maintain such a high morale while also educating their personnel effectively, why can’t civilian educators do the same? [“Reward teachers like military officers,” Opinion, July 17]. The answer is simple: Military personnel want to be there. They are all motivated, because they signed…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Dan Magill, Dick Dickinson, education

July 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Private education: Provide choice in higher education options

The Seattle Times’ extensive piece on private sector education misses some critical points [“Some graduates of beleaguered Everest College allege deceit,” Local News, July 12]. Private sector institutions strongly believe that all students should have access to higher education, no matter their background or their family’s finances. We also believe that any action by…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Corinthian, Everest College, Gena Wikstrom

July 16, 2014 at 10:31 AM

School supplies drive: Universal pre-K would also help with student readiness

Once again, The Seattle Times makes a worthy request the we the people help with school supplies for the needy [“This Fourth of July holiday, give to The Seattle Times School Supply Drive," Opinion, July 3]. Like the situation with hunger, the need for these tools for education has increased. As a teacher for…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, school supplies, universal pre-kindergarten

July 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Attacking teachers for state’s failure to fully fund schools is nonsense

Those of us who work in the public sector have come to expect ideological attacks and extremist rhetoric from the Freedom Foundation ["How the union trumped voters in Seattle Public Schools budget," Opinion, June 24]. Let’s set the record straight on some of the wild assertions made by Jami Lund in his guest…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Freedom Foundation, Jami Lund

June 28, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Universal pre-K: Stabilize early learning in Seattle

I agree that “even before it hits the ballot” the mayor’s pre-K plan has significant problems, but I disagree on what they are [“Voters should thwart attempts to hijack mayor’s pre-K mandate,” Opinion, June 19]. The biggest problems with the mayor’s plan are: First, it is not universal. It’s a pilot plan covering only 14…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Kathy Yasi, Universal pre-K

June 27, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Seattle Schools: Blame the Legislature, not the teachers union

Guest columnist Jami Lund castigates the school employees union for bargaining levy funds to increase Seattle teacher pay [“How the union trumped voters in the Seattle Schools budget,” Opinion, Jan 24]. He recommends that legislators prohibit local districts from using levy funds for salaries. At present, a first-year teacher in Seattle on the state…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Edith Ruby, Jami Lund, K-12

June 25, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Universal pre-K: Why should everyone else pay for your children?

This letter may not be popular with many parents, but part of the population will nod in agreement.  Why do so many parents now believe that the general public should be responsible for their child care? ["Voters should thwart attempts to hijack mayor’s pre-K mandate," Opinion, June 19]. Why are the supporters of Initiative 107 pushing…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: child care, Ed Fannin, education

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