education

Idaho School Reform
6:21 am
Mon October 15, 2012

School Reforms Tested At Idaho Ballot Box

Coeur d’Alene music teacher Tim Sandford displays his political convictions in his yard. He says the ballot fight over new education laws in Idaho has created a “toxic” environment for teachers.
Photo Credit: Jessica Robinson

Idaho is considering whether to keep three education laws that overhaul everything from how teachers are paid to how kids learn in the classroom.

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Commentaries
8:43 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Fetching for a Living

Border Collies are consistently named the most intelligent of all dogs. Is their intelligence simply a matter of nature, or is there some nurture involved as well? Dr. Kirsten Peters wonders about the answer.

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Washington Public Schools
7:06 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Schools Chief Asks For 39% Budget Increase

Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn has asked for an additional four-point-one-billion dollars for basic education in his biennial budget proposal. Ann Dornfeld reports.

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Idaho School Bans Book
6:06 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Idaho School Bans ‘Like Water For Chocolate’ For Sexual Content

"Like Water for Chocolate" has become a contemporary classic of Latin American literature, but has drawn complaints from some school districts in Wisconsin, Arizona and now Idaho.
Lester Public Library Flickr

A school district in southwest Idaho says the book “Like Water for Chocolate” is inappropriate for high school sophomores. It’s banning the book from the curriculum.

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Community College Enrollment
6:16 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Ebbing Community College Enrollment A Promising Sign For Economy

The latest community college enrollment numbers may hold a clue to what’s happening in the Northwest’s economy. Some two-year institutions in the region are seeing the first decline in class registration since the recession. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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Likelihood Of College Gradation
6:01 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Will Your 4-Year-Old Graduate College? OSU Study Offers A Clue

A key indicator of whether a child will graduate college shows up even before kindergarten, according to a new study.
Gideon Tsang Wikimedia Commons

One of the key indicators of whether a student will go on to finish college shows up before the child even starts kindergarten. That’s the conclusion of new research from Oregon State University.

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Warrantless Searches In Schools
5:57 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court Blocks Warrantless Searches By School Cops

The Washington Supreme Court ruled that police officers working in schools can't search students without a warrant.
Washngton Courts website

A teacher or principal doesn’t need a warrant to search a student. But a police officer working in a school does, according to a new ruling from the Washington Supreme Court.

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Immigrant Education
5:49 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Undocumented “Dreamers” Focus of Statewide Forums

Immigrant advocates are kicking-off a series of statewide forums Thursday night about Obama’s new policy for so-called “dreamers”. The measure gives temporary legal protection to some undocumented immigrants who came here as children. Federal officials plan to open up the application process later this month, as KUOW’s Liz Jones reports.

In June, federal officials announced a new policy aimed to halt the deportation of some young immigrants. It’ll allow qualified young people to apply for a renewable, 2-year legal protection… and a work permit.

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McKenna's Education Funding Plan
6:24 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

McKenna Proposes Cap On Non-Education Spending To Fund Education

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna outlines his education funding plan in Tacoma.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington Republican candidate for governor Rob McKenna proposes to increase funding for public schools by capping all non-education state spending. That’s just one piece of an education funding plan he unveiled Tuesday.

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Oregon NCLB Waiver
6:15 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Oregon Gets Waiver From No Child Left Behind

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Oregon has joined Washington and 31 other states in getting a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Courtesy StateImpact Florida NPR.

Oregon has joined Washington and 31 other states in getting a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law. The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that it's approved Oregon's request for more flexibility. Oregon education officials say part of the aim is to shift away from penalizing schools for failing to meet rigid benchmarks. Ben Cannon is Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s the education policy advisor. He says the green light from the feds ends a period of uncertainty for school districts.

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