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December 15, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Seattle teacher on leave after alleged misconduct with teenager

A Seattle elementary teacher has been placed on administrative leave after the school district received a report of possible sexual misconduct with a teenage girl. The teacher, who works at View Ridge Elementary, was put on leave Nov. 25, interim Principal Kathy Jolly said in a letter to families Monday. No View Ridge students were involved in the…

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December 15, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Seattle schools to investigate another Garfield High field trip

Seattle Public Schools will investigate a recent overnight field trip during which male and female students from Garfield High School shared sleeping areas while camping, the school district announced Monday. That investigation follows one into a November 2012 trip that recently resulted in a  $700,000 settlement to a then-Garfield female student and her family over  their allegations that she was raped by a…

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December 1, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Jesse Jackson tells Kent students that education can end tech disparity

In a speech Monday marked by long call-and-responses with a crowd of middle- and high-school students, the Rev. Jesse Jackson echoed the themes of his Sunday talk at Seattle’s Mount Zion Baptist Church. Education, he said, is a way to end racial disparities in high-paying technology jobs around the nation, and the lack of minorities on…

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Comments | More in Education, General news | Topics: education, Jesse Jackson, TAF Academy

November 27, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Seattle to consider naming Nyland permanent schools superintendent

Seattle School Board members plan to vote next week on putting interim Superintendent Larry Nyland in the top post permanently. Nyland, a former superintendent in Marysville, has been on the job in Seattle for four months since the district’’s last leader, Jose Banda, left to run the school district in Sacramento, Calif. According to a board…

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November 25, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Marchers hit the streets in Seattle to protest Ferguson ruling

Garfield High School students join the front row of the Seattle march to protest the Ferguson grand-jury ruling. “Hands up,” they chanted. The demonstrators were heading downtown to the U.S. District Courthouse at Seventh Avenue and Stewart Street. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times) Update at 1:32 p.m.: Protesters arrived at the U.S….

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November 13, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Whooping-cough outbreak at Seattle’s Roosevelt High

Thirteen students at Seattle’s Roosevelt High School have been treated for whooping-cough since mid-October, Seattle Public Schools said Thursday. In a letter to families, the district encouraged students to cough into their shirtsleeves instead of into open air and to wash their hands vigorously. Officials also said some students were fully vaccinated against the disease but still got sick. Jeff…

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November 3, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Marysville-Pilchuck sophomore: ‘It feels good to be back at school’

Hundreds of community members greet students returning to Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Monday. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times) UPDATE, 10:55 a.m. | “It feels really good to be back at school. People are upbeat. Not in a happy way, but just in an appreciation of each other’s company,” said Jordan Reynolds, 15, a sophomore…

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October 28, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Principal of Seattle school placed on leave after Molotov cocktail scare

The principal at the Seattle high school where a student was arrested for allegedly bringing an incendiary device to school has been placed on leave pending the outcome of a district investigation. Seattle Public Schools announced Tuesday that Oksana Britsova, principal at The Center School, is on paid administrative leave. BiHoa Caldwell, a retired principal, will work as…

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October 27, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Seattle teen arrested after bringing Molotov cocktail to school

Update at 12:45 p.m.: The search for explosive devices at the Seattle Center Armory building is over and the building is again open to the public, according to the Seattle Police Department. Detectives are still investigating the incident but police say they will book the 16-year-old suspect into the King County Youth Service Center for possession of an…

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Comments | More in Education, The Blotter | Topics: bomb threat, Center School, Seattle Police Department

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