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July 18, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Seattle Public Schools names interim superintendent

The Seattle School Board this afternoon unanimously appointed longtime local educator Larry Nyland as interim superintendent. Nyland, 66, had previously spent nine years as superintendent of the Marysville School District. In 2007, he was named Superintendent of the Year by the Washington School Administrators Association. He left Marysville in 2013 and spent the past year as an education…


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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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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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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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April 5, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Saturday Memo: What life was like in Steelhead Haven … Shop class makes a comeback … Sounders take on Timbers

What was the good life like in Steelhead Haven?  Reporter Nancy Bartley takes a look back at life in that little neighborhood through the memories of those whose homes are gone, but survived the mudslide because they just happened to be away that morning. From Bartley’s story: “For many years there was a weathered…


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March 19, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Seattle school board starts the clock on later start times for teens

The Seattle school board took the first official step Wednesday on a long journey toward later school start times for teens. But the changes won’t happen until the fall of 2016, if they happen at all. The board directed district staff to analyze the costs, logistics and potential disruptions around starting school later for middle and high school students,…


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March 5, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Northwest Center preschool parents rally to ‘stop the clock’

Parents from the Northwest Center Kids preschool, who are upset over having to find a new home, plan to rally today at a Seattle School Board meeting. They want the district to “stop the clock” on its plans to take back the former North Queen Anne Elementary building on First Avenue West, which the Northwest Center has leased since…


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February 27, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Seattle school-bus drivers reach agreement with private contractor

After a daylong negotiation, the union representing about 450 bus drivers for Seattle Public Schools has reached a fully recommended tentative settlement with First Student, a private contractor that provides busing for the district. The agreement means that bus service will continue uninterrupted. Details of the agreement won’t be released until the full membership can set…


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February 5, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Seattle School Board approves plan to save $3M in busing costs

The Seattle School Board Wednesday night streamlined the bus schedule for next year so that buses will arrive at schools at one of three times in the morning. The board approved the changes as part of a one-year plan that will trim about $3 million in transportation costs. Buses will arrive at most high schools and middle…


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February 4, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Seattle schools: Principals may OK absences for Seahawks parade

Seattle Public Schools superintendent Jose Banda notified the district’s principals Tuesday afternoon that it will be up to them to decide whether to grant excused absences for students who attend the Seahawks victory parade on Wednesday.

Banda wrote in an email:

 I want you to have the flexibility to do what you feel is best for your school community. Under state regulation, you do have the discretion to decide if students who miss school tomorrow for the parade will be considered unexcused or excused. I will support your decision.


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