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September 2, 2014 at 6:08 AM

Beacon Hill International School: Immersion program made difference

I am a parent of a child who just finished his fifth grade year at the Beacon Hill International School. After reading The Times’ article, “Seattle school under review for big jump in state test results” [Local News, Aug. 27], I wanted to express concerns over what I feel were gaps in the story. In…

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Comments | Topics: beacon hill, education, student testing

August 31, 2014 at 6:48 AM

Beacon Hill International School: Cheating unfairly implied

I would like to express my extreme displeasure in the unfounded characterization of in an article on Beacon Hill International School [“Seattle school under review for big jump in state test results,” Local News, Aug. 27]. I appreciate that the Seattle Public Schools felt compelled to report that, “Passage rates in math and reading at…

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Comments | Topics: beacon hill, education, standardized testing

August 27, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Let students sleep in for better education results

More sleep leads to better education The new school year once again revives the controversy over school start times [“Pediatricians’ Rx for school: Later start lets kids sleep,” News, Aug. 25]. Recent articles in The Wall Street Journal and Seattle Times refer to data showing start times earlier than 8:30 a.m. have numerous negative effects…

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Comments | More in Education, Health | Topics: education, health

August 27, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Blame laws like No Child Left Behind for failing schools

Education policy has failed, not legislators. The editorial yesterday “blaming” legislators for “failing school” letters is itself a failure [“Thank lawmakers for ‘failing school’ letters,” Opinion, Aug. 24]. The blame should go to the Bush/Kennedy concoction called No Child Left Behind (NCLB). NCLB and its successor Race to the Top were and are bankrupt pieces…

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Comments | More in Education, Education reform | Topics: education, No Child Left Behind

August 22, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Marijuana expulsions: Bishop Blanchet High School made the right call

I read Nicholas O’Connell’s guest column “Help students understand pot law” [Opinion, Aug. 21]. Why stop there? How about “Help students understand alcohol law”? It appears to me that he wants to pass the buck of a parent’s responsibility to school teachers and administrators. Hats off to the Bishop Blanchet High School’s administration for…

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Comments | Topics: dorran mcbride, education, marijuana

August 18, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Universal pre-K: After-school programs important as well

Letter writer Jack McCarthy didn’t fully explain why parents of disadvantaged families are unable to provide their children with pre-K school as well as education support during their school years [“Good preschool is an ‘academic rocket boost’,” Northwest Voices, Aug. 11]. Many disadvantaged parents are poorly educated themselves and might not value education as…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Bob Dorse, education, pre-K

August 11, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Universal pre-K: Good preschool is an ‘academic rocket boost’

The Seattle Times is right to recognize the value of high-quality preschool instruction based on models tested elsewhere in the nation [“In November, make the right choice for universal pre-K in Seattle,” Opinion, July 30]. Rice University research by Betty Hart and Todd Risley found that, by age three, children born into economically disadvantaged…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation, education, Jack McCarthy

August 7, 2014 at 7:04 AM

McCleary decision: State needs to fix tax system to properly fund education

The Seattle Times’ editorial recounts the dismal outcomes of Washington’s public education system, but recommends the same old solution: let the Legislature do its work ["Heed former governors on McCleary education case," Opinion, Aug. 5]. It should be clear after 40 years of litigation that mushing around with the current system isn’t going…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, McCleary decision, state Constitution

August 3, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Teachers must learn on the job, in a real-world setting

Everybody learns on the job, so do teachers (“Teachers can’t learn on the job,” Opinion, July 29). Every year my content knowledge and  teaching unrelated survival aptitude improved. The problem with our teacher education system is that the theories taught at teacher colleges are not really applicable to the realities of a public-school classroom,…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, James Behrend, learning

August 1, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Superintendent turnover: School Board explains relationship with José Banda

The Seattle School Board has had a rewarding two year relationship with José Banda, but The Seattle Times finds two points of disagreement to support their revived and false narrative of board dysfunction ["Fix Seattle Schools’ superintendent turnover issues," Opinion, July 29]. The Times fails to report that Banda’s angry email was in response…

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Comments | More in Seattle School Board | Topics: education, Jose Banda, seattle school board

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