education

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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Washington Dream Act
6:38 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Washington Dream Act Unlikely to Clear Senate

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.

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Financing Education
4:57 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Washington Governor Shifts Emphasis To Sell Tax Package For Schools

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 4:45 pm

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.

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Principal Veto Power
5:21 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Washington Educators Pan Bill Aimed At Teacher 'Dance Of the Lemons'

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 4:54 pm

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 …”

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Funding Higher Education
5:12 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Washington Senate Majority Wants More Higher Ed Funding

Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 5:11 pm

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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