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July 10, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Highline school board extends Susan Enfield’s contract

The Highline school board has extended Superintendent Susan Enfield’s contract through 2017, squashing any speculation that she might return to Seattle’s top job. Highline hired Enfield two years ago and the board voted unanimously Wednesday to extend her contract. Enfield had been Seattle’s chief academic officer for 18 months when she was hired in…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Highline School District, Seattle School District

July 9, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Seattle school district asks for reinstatement of No Child waiver

The Seattle school district is asking U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to reinstate a waiver from the federal education law that Duncan took away from the state as a whole in April. Washington became the first state in the country to lose its waiver because it does not mandate the use of student scores…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: No Child Left Behind, Seattle Public Schools

July 2, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Seattle schools to seek vacant Fed building for possible school

In a 5-2 vote Wednesday evening, the Seattle school board took the first step toward securing the first elementary school in downtown Seattle in some 65 years. The board empowered the superintendent to negotiate with the federal government and possibly accept the former Seattle branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. If approved, the…

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June 30, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Seattle school district gets (mostly) clean audit

The Seattle school district has run afoul of the state auditor for years because of  error-ridden payrollssketchy contracts, mishandled federal grants or loss of revenue from outside groups using district facilities. But the latest audit, released Monday, found no new problems and reported that almost all of the…

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Comments | Topics: Seattle Public Schools, Washington State Auditor's Office

June 23, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Seattle preschool plan headed for November ballot

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to place a $58 million property-tax levy on the November ballot to boost the quality and affordability of preschool in Seattle. The measure would cost the owner of a Seattle home valued at $400,000 about $43 a year, according to the city. The money would go to qualified preschool providers to provide…

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June 20, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Seattle schools chief finalist for Sacramento job

Seattle school superintendent José Banda is the finalist for the top job in the Sacramento City Unified School District. Sacramento school board members will visit Seattle next week in what’s described in a press release as the “final phase” of the board’s hiring process. “We look forward to seeing Mr. Banda’s accomplishments in Seattle, the last step in the…

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May 8, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Seattle teachers union re-elects Knapp to second term

The Seattle teachers union voted to keep Jonathan Knapp in the top job over challenger Jesse Hagopian, a Garfield High School history teacher who last year led a testing boycott that attracted national attention. Knapp won a second two-year term to lead the Seattle Education Association’s 5,000 teachers, counselors, therapists, instructional assistants, office staff and substitutes. Electronic voting concluded at…

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May 6, 2014 at 6:48 PM

High user traffic interrupts online testing in some schools

A computer glitch interrupted students in an undetermined number of schools around the state while they were taking an online standardized test Tuesday, preventing some from logging in and stopping others mid-test. State officials do not know how many students or schools were affected,  but among districts reporting problems were Seattle, Lake Washington and Issaquah. Data Recognition Corporation, the company that handles…

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April 24, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Washington first state to lose waiver from No Child law

Washington has become the first state in the country to lose its waiver from many requirements of the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind. The U.S. Department of Education posted a letter regarding the status of Washington’s waiver  Thursday. Gov. Jay Inslee called the news “disappointing but not unexpected.” Over the last few weeks, state education officials More

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April 23, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Arne Duncan reaches decision on state’s waiver from No Child law

Federal education chief Arne Duncan has made his decision on whether to revoke Washington state’s waiver from many requirements of the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind. State officials would not confirm on Wednesday what that decision is, but over the last few weeks they have been telling school districts to prepare their budgets, assuming the U.S….

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