education

dcJohn / Flickr

About 30 high school freshmen and sophomores who attended a charter school in eastern Idaho may have to repeat classes, or even an entire grade, next year. A state commission found their fledgling school failed to measure up.

Cacophony / Wikimedia Commons

A frustrated Washington Supreme Court appears ready to hold state officials in contempt. The high court late Thursday ordered the “state” to appear at a hearing in September to address the lack of a plan to fully fund basic education. The court’s highly unusual move follows a 2012 ruling that the state isn’t meeting its constitutional obligation to school children. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has details.

Pre-K Enrollment Down; Northwest Especially Low

May 13, 2014
Barnaby Wasson / Flickr

The number of preschoolers enrolled in state-funded early childhood education programs is dropping nationally. A national study released Tuesday shows that Northwest states are holding steady in terms of overall enrollment but continue to rank near the bottom in some key areas.

Cassandra Profita / EarthFix

Students around the Northwest go to school every day in portable classrooms. These classrooms are an affordable solution to budget-strapped districts that need more space. But they can be bad for student health and performance. That’s why some districts are moving away from portable classrooms.

One district in Spokane has found a solution.

Courtney Flatt brings us part 2 of our special series "Inside the Box."

U.S. Department of Education

The federal government just released its latest national test scores for high school seniors and it’s not good news. A significant number of graduates are below standard for math and reading. But there are some signs of improvement in the Northwest.

Katie Campbell / EarthFix

Thousands of students in Washington and Oregon go to school in what are known as “portable classrooms."

These temporary structures were a quick solution to the problem of growing population and lack of funding for school facilities in parts of the Northwest.

But many of these “temporary” structures are still around. They’re not environmentally friendly or healthy places for students to learn.

Minority and economically disadvantaged 8th graders in Oregon are falling behind in the classroom. That's according to a new audit released Wednesday by the Oregon Secretary of State's office. It shows that students from those groups are often a year behind their peers in reading and math.

Half of the students at Ogden Middle School in Oregon City qualify for free or reduced lunches. That's a sign of the economic hardships many students face there. Principal Libby Miller says staff members have learned to keep an eye out for kids from struggling families.

Tradnor / Wikimedia

It’s no grand pact for beefing up Washington’s education budget, but a legislative committee did deliver a report on the subject to the state’s high court. 

They supported his campaign, but now some unionized teachers in Washington have stern words for Governor Jay Inslee.

Minority Democrats in the Washington Senate want to tax oil refineries, bottled water, prescription drug resellers and out-of-state shoppers.

Washington State University

Washington State University has extended the contract of its president Elson Floyd. 

The WSU board of regents made the announcement at a special meeting today in Pullman. Floyd’s current contract was due to end in 2016. The regents extended that five years to 2021. 

The university says Floyd asked that his current level of compensation—$625,000 a year--remain unchanged at this time. 

Floyd has served as WSU president since May of 2007.

Oregon lawmakers are considering what some may call an audacious plan: free community college for all of its state’s high school graduates.

A school district in Sweet Home, Ore., is considering whether to pull a book by Northwest author Sherman Alexie from junior high classrooms.

PRIDE Prep's Facebook

Spokane has approved Washington State’s first charter school after a unanimous vote by the city’s public school board.

Spokane Public Schools received applications earlier this year from three charter school organizations; PRIDE Prep, iLead and the Academy of Arts and Sciences. After submitting applications organizations went through interviews and public forums.  In a vote January 22, the school board unanimously approved the PRIDE Prep school.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee continued his push on Tuesday for lawmakers to close tax exemptions to fund education.

Idaho Schools Chief Is Not Running For Re-election

Jan 27, 2014
sde.idaho.gov

Idaho Schools superintendent Tom Luna announced Monday he won’t run for reelection this year. Luna says running for a third term would get in the way of implementing the recommendations of the Governor’s education task force. That group was created after voters overturned Luna’s signature legislation known as Students Come First in November 2012. Luna’s popularity took a hit during the fight over those laws but Luna says he decision to not run for re-election didn't come out of fear that he'd lose.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee introduced key policy proposals in his State of the State speech Tuesday. 

Elliott State Forest Land To Be Auctioned Off

Dec 10, 2013
Oregon Department of Forestry / Flickr

Tuesday the Oregon State Land Board gave the green light to sell five scattered tracts in the Elliott State Forest east of Coos Bay.

Idaho Lawmakers Prepare For Education Fight In 2014

Nov 19, 2013
Jessica Robinson

A group of conservative Idaho lawmakers wants the state to reconsider standards known as the Common Core in the upcoming legislative session. Idaho schools are three years into implementing the new math and English standards. The Common Core was a hot topic at a forum Monday night in Coeur d'Alene.

Julia Flucht / Northwest News Network

All kinds of online marketplaces offer you a way to sell your stuff. eBay, CraigsList, Etsy. But what about a place to sell your skills and expertise? Now sites like Udemy, Skillshare, and Lynda.com are in a race to become the School of Everything. But as more courses appear, the competition among teachers is intensifying. 

Washington schools chief Randy Dorn says the time has come to raise taxes to increase funding for public education. And he’s prepared to lead the fight.

Miles Bryan / Northwest News Network

Mobile devices are traditionally considered a nuisance in schools. But a Portland startup is developing a way to turn students’ cell phones into classroom tools.

Diane Ravitch, a former assistant secretary of education, spent years advocating for an overhaul of the American education system. She supported the No Child Left Behind Act, the charter school movement and standardized testing.

But Ravitch recently — and very publicly — changed her mind. She looked at the data and decided that the kinds of changes she'd supported weren't working. Now she's a prominent critic of things like charter schools and school choice — and she's particularly opposed to privatizing schools.

Office Of The Governor

Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants to more than double the number of state-funded preschool slots by 2019. He also wants to decrease the number of SUVs purchased by the state.

The Oregon Board of Education has ordered a Portland public school to remove four so-called "seclusion cells."

English Language Learners In Oregon Falling Short

Sep 5, 2013
AboutMovies / Wikimedia Commons

Oregon's programs for students learning to speak English are falling short on all four federal benchmarks. At least 60 percent of Oregon's English language learners are supposed to advance one level per year. Only 45 percent advanced last year.

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

Kristine Paulus / Creative Commons

While the hot, carefree days of summer slide by, some elementary age kids will slip in their reading skills. One Washington school has tag-teamed with other organizations to boost summer learning instead. Paige Browning has the story from Chewelah in Eastern Washington.

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

The Spokane School District wants to be allowed to consider applications from prospective charter schools.

Pages