Online Learning Marketplace
5:11 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Have You Ever Wanted To Teach? Online Sites Can Make That A Reality

Photographer Charlie Borland earned enough money through teaching online courses, he and his wife Barbara were able to buy an RV and sell their home in Bend, Ore.
Credit 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 are in a race to become the School of Everything. But as more courses appear, the competition among teachers is intensifying. 

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Taxes on Education
7:06 am
Fri October 11, 2013

State Schools Superintendent Proposes Taxes For Education

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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Classroom Cell Phones
4:40 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Use Your Cell Phone In Class? The Oregon Department Of Education Approves

Students at Portland Madison High School use a social networking service called Celly to text their teacher thesis statements for a social studies essay.
Credit 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.

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NWPR Books
12:04 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Diane Ravitch Rebukes Education Activists' 'Reign Of Error'

Yunus Arakon

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 5:11 am

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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Governor Inslee's New Plan
5:43 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Washington Governor Announces 'Soft Launch' Of Performance Indicators

Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
Credit 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.

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School Seclusion Cells
5:33 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Oregon Orders Portland School To Remove Seclusion Cells

Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:31 pm

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

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Oregon Education
4:22 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

English Language Learners In Oregon Falling Short

Southridge High School in Beaverton.
Credit 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.

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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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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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