education

Education
6:12 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Little Change In National Twelfth Grade Math, Reading Scores

Score gains for math and reading among high school seniors in 11 pilot states.
Credit 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.

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Portable Classrooms
8:06 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Inside The Box: Overcrowded, Underfunded Schools Turn To Environmentally Costly Portable Classrooms

Toys adorn the tackboard walls of Billie Lane's portable classroom at Puyallup's Kalles Junior High, where she's taught for 16 years.
Credit 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.

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Education
6:26 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Oregon Audit Outlines 'Achievement Gap' In State Middle Schools

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.

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Education Funding
6:08 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Wash. Lawmakers Deliver K-12 Funding Report To High Court

State Supreme Court justices had set an April 30 deadline for Washington lawmakers to detail plans to add billions to the state’s education budget.
Credit 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. 

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Washington Education
4:44 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Inslee, Teachers' Union Clash Over Evaluation Measure

File photo. Washington Governor Jay Inslee has made the case for a controversial teacher evaluation bill.
biologycorner Flickr

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 3:12 pm

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

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Tax Exemptions
3:57 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Washington Senate Democrats Target Tax Exemptions To Fund Schools

File photo of the Washington Senate chamber.
Lincolnite Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 3:30 pm

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

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Washington State University
4:52 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

WSU President Floyd's Contract Extended

Washington State University President Elson Floyd.
Credit 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.

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Free Community College
4:25 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Plan To Offer Free Community College Tuition

File photo of Tillamook Bay Community College in Tillamook, Ore.
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 4:08 pm

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

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Book Ban
4:10 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Oregon School District Considers Ban On Sherman Alexie Novel

File photo of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian." An Oregon school district is considering whether to pull the book.
Kraemer Family Library Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 4:05 pm

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

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Northwest News
9:43 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Washington Gets Its First Charter School

PRIDE Prep's Brenda McDonald says she is excited to be apart of Washington state's first charter school.
Credit 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.

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