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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Washington governor proposes to fight inequality and back education

Reuters – Robin Respaut

“Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday said he would work to counter a widening inequality gap and “the nation’s most unfair tax system” by eliminating five tax loopholes and boosting funding for children’s education. In his State of the State address, Inslee proposed to fund a working families tax rebate to help residents in rural and economically disadvantaged areas, and spend $2.3 billion on children’s initiatives, including funding for 6,000 low-income children to attend preschool.”(more)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

It’s possible to love science and math. Hoosier ‘Leads the Way’

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“Acronyms are the bane of the education writer. Attempt to dissect test scores and you find yourself untangling definitions for NAEP, EOC and MSP. Try to discuss science, technology, math or engineering and you must first stumble through the obstacle course called STEM.”(more)

Study endorses preschool for low income kids

King 5 News – Donna Gordon Blankinship

“SEATTLE – A new study shows low income kids from Washington state who go to a state supported preschool are likely to do better academically than their peers at least through fifth grade.”(more)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Rise Of Bike Trains A Win For Children’s Health, Environment

The Huffington Post – Lynne Peeples

“SEATTLE — As the first rider in her neighborhood bicycle train, Maka Yusuf pedals nearly 4 miles and climbs more than 350 feet on the way to her elementary school. During the trip she is joined by several classmates and a handful of adult volunteers. Just a month ago, those formidable Seattle slopes forced Maka to walk her bike. She easily conquers them today. And the benefits of students actively transporting themselves to and from school may go well beyond improved fitness, says Dr. Jason Mendoza, the pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital who is behind the bike train, a children’s health research project.”(more)

Governor seeks money to train special ed leaders

The Seattle Times – John Higgins

“It’s hard to imagine a more complex and demanding responsibility for a school district administrator than overseeing the education of children with disabilities. Such leaders are in high demand; Seattle Public Schools’ new special education director, Wyeth Jessee, is the ninth person to hold the job in 10 years. A new two-year master’s degree program to train future special ed directors has begun meeting that demand, graduating its first group of 10 students last summer. All the graduates, who already had at least five years experience in special education, received job offers.”(more)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Guest: We can do better for students with special needs

The Seattle Times – Ramona Hattendorf

“Special education in Washington is a mess. For families, it can be adversarial and emotionally draining. For students, it can be isolating, even traumatizing. We need to create equal opportunities to learn.”(more)

Homeless students: More each year and younger than you think

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“You could see them every day and never know it. They might be sitting next to your son in math class, or singing alongside your daughter in the holiday pageant.”(more)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Inslee Outlines Early Childhood Education Plans for Washington

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has introduced a plan to upgrade education in the state, including working on the preschool program for poor children, creating a full day kindergarten program, and hiring 7,000 more teachers in an effort to reduce class sizes among the first three grade levels in all elementary schools.”(more)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Student discipline has results, and that’s the problem

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“In “Breaking Schools’ Rules,” researchers with the Council of State Governments tracked nearly 1 million Texas kids for six years, from seventh through 12th grade, trying to find out what happens to those who get suspended.”(more)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Lessons learned: Some common themes to improving schools

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“The assignment sounded clear enough: Find schools making demonstrable improvements to student achievement, then explain how they did it so that others might do the same.” (more)