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February 18, 2015 at 6:46 AM

To improve school boards, add teachers

As a teacher of 44 years in public and private schools, I would like to respond to The Seattle Times editorial on tweaking school boards [“Tweaking Seattle School Board governance could improve performance,” Opinion, Feb. 12]. Good companies such as Boeing and Nordstrom would not be better run if their boards were composed of…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, John Fenoli, school board

February 10, 2015 at 2:25 PM

Minimum wage: Certain trades are a better way to lift people out of poverty

I have some ideas about how to lift some of the underprivileged kids from poverty [“We have a fixation on income inequality,” Opinion, Feb. 4]. We had two young men in our family at different times who were saved by a wonderful program in Highline Public Schools. They both struggled mightily to reach…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: college, education, Minimum Wage

February 6, 2015 at 11:39 AM

Raising the minimum wage: A path to educational opportunities

Columnist Richard S. Davis argues that improved education and training opportunities, not minimum-wage increases, would result in greater economic mobility [“We have a fixation on income inequality,” Opinion, Feb. 4]. In actuality, if we are to educate and train more Washingtonians, we must increase the minimum wage. The person being educated or trained needs…


Comments | More in Education, minimum wage | Topics: education, Jennifer Moon, Minimum Wage

February 3, 2015 at 4:13 PM

Language programs: Important to learn at a young age

Seattle area public schools are much maligned these days as they try to do more things for a more varied student body with less funding than they need. It was a treat to read Sarah Stuteville’s column about the Vietnamese language immersion program [“Vietnamese taught at school with community in mind,” Local News, Jan….


Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Jeff Stonehill, language

February 2, 2015 at 6:08 AM

Steps for Congress to take to address on income inequality

It is wonderful that some candidates for president have recently “discovered” the issue of income inequality [“Guess who’s discovered income inequality,” Danny Westneat, Jan. 23]. Since the Republican party is the current majority in Congress, it gives citizens a chance to see if they are serious about doing something about it. Extending the Child…


Comments | More in Income inequality | Topics: Congress, education, income inequality

January 28, 2015 at 6:08 AM

Education for inmates: Create valuable members of society

Bravo, for The Seattle Times’ endorsement of Washington state providing education for convicted inmates [“Educating inmates is a wise investment for Wash.,” Opinion, Jan. 23]. To use the tired phrase, this would seem to be a no-brainer. You would wish that when an inmate is released that he or she would be able to…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, inmates, justice

January 26, 2015 at 12:43 PM

Reader callout: Parents, teachers share ideas for fixing discipline

As part of The Seattle Times’ ongoing series on school discipline, Education Lab recently asked readers to share their experiences with student discipline. A selection of these responses are below. Go the the original post in Education Lab for more responses.

Want to add your own two cents? Go here to share your thoughts. The blog may publish another round of responses at a later date.

How have you seen discipline handled well?

Discipline has worked when I’ve seen adults willing to be a mediator for helping students listen to each other. Establishing agreements (not rules) beforehand and continuing to revisit them is also helpful. When children know they can trust, they will be heard, they are more willing to listen and learn and be guided.

–Marcia Christen, Poulsbo

I see more schools using positive behavioral supports. We have to teach kids how to behave and the right social skills to get their needs met. Suspending them only makes it worse.

–Lori Lynass (teacher), Shoreline


Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Education Lab, school discipline

January 23, 2015 at 5:24 PM

No Child Left Behind: Impossible standards for teachers, students

Thanks to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray [“Fix Outdated Federal Education Law,” Opinion, Jan. 13] for her common-sense ideas about the education today. I can remember sitting at a faculty meeting in 2002 when No Child Left Behind was first introduced to us. We, the teachers, looked at each other in bewilderment, knowing NCLB wouldn’t work. All…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, No Child Left Behind, Roger J. Wong

January 17, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Education: Balance duties of K-12 and early learning

The recent Seattle Times editorial “Early education’s promise needs funding” [Opinion, Jan. 12] extolled the undisputed benefits of investing in early learning. In recent years this call for investments has grown and enjoyed widespread support. Advocating for policies that fund early learning has always been relevant to promoting school success, closing the achievement gap,…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: early learning, education, K-12

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