education

Chewelah School Gardening
6:06 am
Tue July 16, 2013

How A Washington School Uses Gardening To Improve Reading Skills

Gess Elementary School in Chewelah is helping kids improve their reading skills during the summer through a gardening program.
Credit 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.

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The Two-Way
4:39 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Book News: 'The Great Gypsy'? School Reading List Is Error-Riddled

A student of the Barack Obama elementary school in Hempstead, N.Y. walks past a board displaying student essays on the president during the official name changing ceremony in 2009.
Mary Altaffer AP

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

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Spokane Charter Schools
7:19 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Spokane Only School District In Washington Seeking To Choose Their Charter Schools

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

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Oregon Legislative Session
6:54 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Head Into Final Days Of Session

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.

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NWPR Books
5:08 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Steamy Novel An 'Education' In Youth, Love And Mistakes

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 10:23 am

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.

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Oregon Education Budget
6:48 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Threatened 'No' Vote Puts Oregon Education Budget In Limbo

Oregon Legislature

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 3:59 pm

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.

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21st Century Classroom
5:20 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Idaho To Turn All Public High Schools Into WiFi Hotspots

Christy Green Flickr

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 5:17 pm

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.

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CPR for High Schools
7:05 am
Thu May 9, 2013

CPR Required For High Schools

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:

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Pledge of Allegiance
6:17 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Lawmakers Vote For Daily Public School Pledge

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

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Teacher of the Year
5:16 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Central Washington Teacher Wins National Honor

Jeff Charbonneau
Credit Chris VanAntwerp / Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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

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