Ann Dornfeld

Education
6:40 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Washington Is At “High Risk” Of Losing Federal Education Waiver

Washington and Oregon have been given one year to change the way they evaluate teachers or risk losing millions in federal education funding.

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Education
2:07 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Federal Probe Targets Uneven Discipline At Seattle Schools

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 3:13 pm

The Education Department has launched an investigation into discipline rates in Seattle public schools.

Students of color have long been punished in far higher numbers than white students in Seattle, but now the department's Office for Civil Rights is looking at whether black students are disciplined more frequently and more harshly than white students for the same behavior.

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Education
1:46 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Seattle High School's Teachers Toss District's Test

Garfield High School's academic dean and testing coordinator, Kris McBride, at a news conference announcing the teachers' boycott of the MAP test in Seattle on Jan. 10.
Ann Dornfeld for NPR

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 3:10 pm

An entire school of teachers in Seattle is refusing to give students a standardized test that's required by the district. The teachers say the test is useless and wastes valuable instructional time.

Meanwhile, individual teacher protests of standardized tests are popping up nationwide, and the Seattle case may make bigger waves.

'I Just See No Use For It'

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Republican Rally
6:22 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Ron Paul Draws Huge Crowd at Seattle Rally

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.
Photo souce: Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul spoke to a packed house of supporters at a rally in SeaTac Thursday night. Paul is trying to galvanize Washington voters for the state's March 3rd caucuses. From KUOW in Seattle, Ann Dornfeld reports.

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Education Law
6:39 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Wash. Requests No Child Left Behind Waiver

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia, Wash.
Photo credit: Wikimedia User Visitor7 Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington State will apply for a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind education law. Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn says the state will ask to set its own standards for student achievement. From KUOW in Seattle, Ann Dornfeld reports.

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Seattle Cafeteria Debt
6:31 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Seattle Students Racking Up Cafeteria Debt

Students at Seattle public schools can charge for cafeteria lunches, leading to concerns over "cafeteria debt."

SEATTLE, Wash. - Many school districts are switching to electronic payment systems in their cafeterias. Parents can fund their kids’ accounts online, and even see what their kids are buying for lunch. But kids can also charge food when there’s no money in their accounts. Now Seattle Public Schools is trying to collect $12,000 in unpaid lunchroom debt. From KUOW in Seattle, Ann Dornfeld reports.

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