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October 21, 2014 at 3:19 PM

SPD investigating gunfire in Rainier Beach

Seattle police say were called to Rainier Beach on Tuesday afternoon for a report of gunshots. Police spokesman Drew Fowler said officers were called to Rainier Avenue South and South Rose Street at 2:34 p.m. for the report. He said officers found a bullet casing on the street, but nobody who was shot. “There’s nothing to indicate there was a person being…

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September 8, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Seattle mayor’s office unveils budget details for proposed education department

Remember last week, when Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said he wanted to create a new Department of Education and Early Learning? Murray, who has his eye on November ballot measures aimed at providing prekindergarten education to needy families, offered few details at the time. But his office Monday morning presented a fuller picture of…

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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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July 28, 2014 at 5:41 PM

School district can’t ban Horace Mann protesters from meetings

  Longtime activist and school occupier Omari Tahir-Garrett may appear on the speakers’ list at the next Seattle school board meeting in August. A King County Superior Court judge has ruled that the Seattle school district cannot ban Tahir-Garrett and other protesters arrested for trespassing at the Horace Mann school building from attending public meetings on district…

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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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