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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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Comments | Topics: Seattle City Council, universal preschool

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. Seattle Schools Superintendent José Banda (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times) 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…

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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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Comments | Topics: Measurements of Student Progress, testing

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

Comments | More in Education | Topics: No Child Left Behind, Office of Superintende

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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Comments | Topics: Arne Duncan, No Child Left Behind, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

April 22, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Lake Washington, Everett school-bond issues failing

Voters were rejecting the Lake Washington school district’s school-construction bond issue, which barely cleared 50 percent in  first-day returns Tuesday night, falling short of the 60 percent required for passage. The measure — scaled back from $755 million to $404 million — was one of only a handful of school-district measures on the special-election…

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Comments | Topics: Everett School District, Lake Washington School District, Lakewood School District

March 27, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Darrington commuters brace for lengthy journey

ARLINGTON– Families commuting between Arlington and Darrington for work and school are struggling to come to terms with the roadblock on state Highway 530 created by last Saturday’s mudslide. Jeff Voter, a fence repairman who lives in Darrington, says that his family is beginning to grasp the emotional and financial toll of a long and circuitous detour between…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Arlington, commute, Darrington

March 27, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Dirty, exhausted crews search a landscape ‘put in a blender’

Snohomish County Fire District 22 Chief Travis Hots addresses a news conference in Arlington on Thursday. Hots explains the grim work of looking for bodies in the mud and rubble. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times) Of all the descriptions offered of the debris field confronting rescuers at the site of the Oso-area…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: fatalities, mudslide, Oso mudslide

March 25, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Chaplain: Families of missing ‘are in limbo’

[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”3392239382001″/] ARLINGTON — In his nine years as a volunteer chaplain, Steve Schertzinger has learned well how to tell someone their loved one isn’t coming home. But nothing prepared him for the devastation of the mudslide on Saturday that has left so many families in doubt and desperate for news. “In a death notification, I know what…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Arlington, Oso mudslide

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