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."

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