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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.

Washington Gets Its First Charter School

Jan 31, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

Oregon Lawmakers Head Into Final Days Of Session

Jul 1, 2013

Oregon lawmakers are heading into the home stretch of their legislative session Monday. The closing days could include some high stakes votes over taxes and public pension cuts. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

Susan Choi's previous novels have pulled from events in the headlines: the Korean War for The Foreign Student; the Patty Hearst kidnapping for American Woman; and the Wen Ho Lee accusations for A Person of Interest. But her latest book, My Education, was inspired by something else — youthful passion.

The Democratic-controlled Oregon Senate is scheduled to act Monday on the largest single portion of the state spending plan: Money for K-12 schools. But there's a chance the vote will be delayed. That's because a single Democrat has come out against the proposal, throwing a monkey wrench into the process.

This would be the second time the schools budget is held over to another day. With less than two weeks left before the scheduled adjournment, Democratic state Senator Chris Edwards continues to hold out for more money for schools.

Across the Northwest, students are wrapping up their school year. By the time Idaho high school students return in the fall, their classrooms will be on their way to becoming wireless hotspots. The Idaho Department of Education is preparing to spend more than $2 million to put high-speed wireless Internet in all public high schools.

It's part of what Idaho education officials like to call the “21st Century Classroom.” They're asking for bids over the summer on a contract to have WiFi up and running across the state by March 2014.

High school students across Washington will be learning how to save a life, starting next fall. A new law requires schools to teach basic C-P-R in health classes. Governor Jay Inslee signed the measure into law. The main advocates were with the American Heart Association, including volunteer Eric Rothenberg who survived cardiac arrest because a bystander performed CPR on him. Rothenberg says the new mandate means more people will be willing to use chest compressions:

Oregon lawmakers want to give students the chance to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day.

Central Washington Teacher Wins National Honor

Apr 22, 2013
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The National Teacher of the Year hails from the small Washington town of Zillah. Jeff Charbonneau will be honored at the White House tomorrow. 

Washington Dream Act Unlikely to Clear Senate

Apr 2, 2013

Supporters of the so-called Washington Dream Act plan to make one more uphill push in Olympia Tuesday. The measure would extend state financial aid to eligible college students who are in the US illegally. Hopes for the bill dwindled this weekend as a key state senator spoke out against the measure. KUOW’s Liz Jones reports.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – On the campaign trail, Washington Governor Jay Inslee talked about financing education by growing the economy. Now the Democrat proposes to raise $1.2 billion for schools by extending some tax increases and ending some tax breaks.

In Spokane last June I moderated the first gubernatorial debate between Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna. And I put this question to both candidates: if elected, would you ask voters to support a new tax for schools to respond to the Washington Supreme Court’s ruling that the state is not adequately funding education.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It’s an idea that’s catching on around the country: give school principals the power to reject a teacher assigned to their building. Giving principals veto power has already passed the Washington Senate. But at a public hearing in the House Friday the idea faced opposition – and not just from teachers.

In the education documentary “Waiting For Superman” they talk about the dance of the lemons.

Waiting For Superman: “Principals have their lemons. These are teachers who are chronically bad: they know it, the other teachers know it …”

Washington Senate Majority Wants More Higher Ed Funding

Mar 19, 2013

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The mostly Republican majority in the Washington state Senate want to spend an extra $300 million on higher education. Tuesday, Republican budget-writers unveiled a plan that would increase money universities receive and fully fund the state’s prepaid tuition program.

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