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June 26, 2014 at 9:07 PM

150 march against Gates Foundation’s sway over education

Teachers and their supporters marched to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Seattle offices this afternoon to protest the influence the foundation wields in U.S. education policy. About 150 participants marched through downtown Seattle from Westlake Park to the foundation’s offices at the corner of Fifth Avenue North and Mercer Street, KPLU reported. The…

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May 23, 2014 at 11:10 AM

‘Pay to potty,’ and other stuff you might have missed this week

This was not a great week to be an animal. Or a small child. …Or an adult who snacks on pet treats, but that one seems like a known risk. Below are five offbeat stories you might have missed on seattletimes.com. Here’s hoping our brethren in the animal kingdom fare better next week.

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Comments | More in List, Roundups, Weird news | Topics: animals, children, copper river salmon

February 2, 2013 at 5:54 PM

18 Ballard High staffers join boycott of student “progress” tests

Eighteen staff members from Ballard High School have joined a boycott of the Measures of Academic Progress, the exams Seattle schools are required to give 2-3 times a year. More teachers and instructional assistants may join next week, said Ballard science teacher Noam Gundle. The petition to join the boycott hadn’t been circulated yet to all…

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December 12, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Scholarship fund set up for Maria Goodloe-Johnson’s daughter

The family of former Seattle Schools Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson asks that people who intended to send flowers instead make a donation in her memory to a scholarship fund for her daughter, Maya Jewell Johnson, at the First Federal Bank of South Carolina (c/o Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund), or to the Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson…

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December 6, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Washington state students score average to above-average in vocabulary

In a first-of-its-kind report on the vocabulary skills of U.S. students, Washington fourth-graders scored about average and eighth-graders scored above average. The results were drawn from a reading exam called the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which is also called the Nation’s Report Card.  Starting in 2009, the test has included questions designed to measure…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, nation's report card, National Assessment of Educational Progress

November 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Finnish education leader to speak here

For more than a decade, Finland has scored at the top or near the top of the closely watched international exam known as PISA, the Programme for International Student Assessment, while the United States has hovered near the middle. Pasi Sahlberg, who heads the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation in Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture, will be in Seattle this week to…

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November 2, 2012 at 5:12 PM

7 King County school districts join in applying for $40 million federal grant

A consortium of seven King County school districts submitted a 320-page application this week, hoping to win $40 million in the latest federal Race to the Top competition. The seven districts include Seattle, Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton and Tukwila.  The application was signed by the superintendents and school-board presidents of the seven districts, and the presidents…

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Comments | Topics: Auburn, Auburn School District, Community Center for Education Results

October 3, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Plan for innovative schools in Seattle approved, again

The Seattle School Board approved an amendment Wednesday that board members believe will address legal problems with the district’s plan to allow a number of schools to pursue new, innovative approaches to learning.   The vote was 5-2. In July, a King County Superior Court Judge ruled that the school board must approve any waivers of district policy.  In the original agreement on…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Creative Approach Schools, education, Seattle Education Association

September 19, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Coalition to lobby for more changes in teacher contract

A coalition formed two years ago to push for changes in the contract for Seattle’s public school teachers will be involved once again when negotiations for a new contract begin next year. In 2010, Our Schools Coalition lobbied for changes in the way that teachers are supported, paid and evaluated.  For one, the coalition’s members wanted…

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September 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

National Merit semifinalists named

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. on Wednesday announced this year’s semifinalists in its annual academic competition.  The 16,000 semifinalists, including hundreds from Washington state, are among the top scorers on the 2011 Preliminary SAT, and represent fewer than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.  The number of semifinalists in each state is a function of…

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