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Category: Education
August 26, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Wrong campus featured on WSU student planner

What images are emblematic of Washington State University? Well, naturally, the Bryan Hall Clock Tower. The cougar. The flowering cherry trees. The flowering cherry trees? A free planner given out to WSU students by the college’s official bookstore, The Bookie, features a picture of a building that isn’t anywhere near Pullman. In fact, it’s a photo of WSU’s chief rival, the…

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August 24, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Driscoll to take break from Mars Hill pulpit

Mark Driscoll, controversial founder of Mars Hill Church, today told his flock he is stepping away from the pulpit for six weeks, and will consult a group of advisers about what to do next. Driscoll made the announcement near the end of the church’s 8:30 a.m. service at the church’s main location in Bellevue, said Kevin…

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August 22, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Seattle Waldorf School to celebrate high-school campus opening

The Seattle Waldorf School will celebrate the opening of its new high-school campus in Magnuson Park on Thursday after four months of renovating one of the park’s historic buildings. The school will be in the historic landmark Building 11, which crews have been transforming into science labs, art and dance studios and humanities classrooms since April….

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August 20, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Blind mom sues Seattle schools over website accessibility

A blind mother whose three children attend Seattle Public Schools is suing the district, saying its website and math software aren’t compatible with technology that blind people use to access the Internet. Noel Nightingale filed the discrimination lawsuit in federal court Wednesday. She says that from 2005 until 2012, she was able to use the Seattle…

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August 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Times’ Frank Blethen receives AAJA diversity award

Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen has received the “Leadership in Diversity Award” from the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA). The award was announced over the weekend at the AAJA’s national convention in Washington, D.C. In nominating Blethen for the honor, Lori Matsukawa, KING 5 news anchor and AAJA Seattle co-founder, said “Frank Blethen made diversity…

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August 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM

State Supreme Court to decide if charter schools are constitutional

The Washington Supreme Court announced Friday it would consider whether a voter-approved charter school law violates the state constitution. Oral arguments concerning the lawsuit brought by charter-school opponents have been scheduled for Oct. 28. King County Superior Court Judge Jean Rietschel found in December that parts of the new law were unconstitutional. The decision focused on whether…

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August 15, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Judge: Seattle voters must choose between preschool measures

Seattle voters will have to choose between two measures on the November ballot that would affect the care and education of the city’s preschool-age children, a King County Superior Court judge ruled on Friday. Judge Helen L. Halpert decided that I-107, which seeks better wages and training for child-care workers, and a $58 million property tax…

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August 6, 2014 at 6:37 PM

University of Oregon president suddenly quits

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson stepped down Wednesday effective almost immediately after just two years on the job. In a letter to Board of Trustees Chairman Chuck Lillis, Gottfredson cited a desire to spend more time with family. He did not give a reason for the suddenness of his departure. His…

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August 4, 2014 at 12:14 PM

UW to build animal research lab underground

The Associated Press SEATTLE — The University of Washington plans to build a $124 million animal research laboratory underground in the southwest corner of the campus in Seattle. The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports the university has filed plans with the city for the two-level, 42,000-square-foot Animal Research and Care Facility. It will consolidate animal holding…

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August 1, 2014 at 4:18 PM

UW College of Education dean leaving for Gates Foundation

Tom Stritikus, the dean of the University of Washington’s College of Education, is leaving after four years to take a position with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Stritikus will become deputy director of the College Ready team, a part of the foundation that works in K12 schools on teacher preparation and assessment, as well…

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