education

Teacher Pay
4:46 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Key Wash. Lawmaker Calls For K-12 Pay Raises Next Year

Wash. House Ways and Means Chairman Ross Hunter says teachers and other school employees deserve a raise.
Washington House of Representatives

Washington teachers are woefully underpaid. That’s the conclusion of a draft legislative task force report. Now a key Washington state lawmaker says teachers and other school employees deserve at least a cost of living pay raise next year.

Twelve years ago, Washington voters approved Initiative 732. It requires annual pay increases for K-12 employees. The initiative didn’t come with any funding. In recent years, because of the Great Recession the legislature has suspended those pay raises. But now state revenues are starting to recover. House Ways and Means Chairman Ross Hunter says the state should make it a priority to ensure teacher pay keeps up with inflation.

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Indian Mascot Ban
5:17 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Oregon Bans American Indian Sports Mascots In Schools

Se-ah-dom Edmo (left) with the Oregon Indian Education Association talks with Oregon Board of Education chair Brenda Frank after the board voted to ban Native American-themed mascots in Oregon schools.
Photo Credit: Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Native American-themed sports mascots will no longer be allowed in Oregon public schools. That's the decision Thursday by the state Board of Education. The vote was 5 to 1.

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Honorary Degrees
5:48 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Honorary Degree: What Is It Good For?

Sanjay Gupta received an honorary degree from the University of Michigan in April.
Photo credit: Helen Graham Northwest News Network

At graduation ceremonies across the Northwest this spring, a handful of people will receive what are known as “honorary degrees.” Typically, they’re awarded to distinguished humanitarians, writers and entrepreneurs. But correspondent Jessica Robinson wanted to know what, if anything, you can actually do with an honorary degree.

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Logging Protester Scales Flagpole
4:39 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Logging Protesters Run Their Message Up State Capitol Flagpole

Perry Graham climbs down a flagpole at the Oregon state capitol after hanging a banner protesting logging on state owned forest land.
Photo credit: Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

A group that's against logging on state owned forest lands drew a crowd of onlookers at the Oregon State Capitol Thursday morning. A member of Cascadia Forest Defenders climbed a flagpole and draped a large banner that read "Schools versus Trees? We want both!”

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Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center Reopening
4:56 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Coldwater Ridge Center At Mount St. Helens Reopens With New Mission

View of Mount St. Helens from Coldwater Ridge.
Photo credit: Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Just in time for another anniversary of the catastrophic Mount St. Helens eruption, the U.S. Forest Service is reopening an architecturally striking visitor center. The Coldwater Ridge facility has been closed for the last four seasons. the center reopens next week with a new mission and purpose.

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UI Flagship
4:12 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Speakers Urge Idaho State Board Of Education To Reconsider UI "Flagship" Decision

The Idaho State Board of Education was asked to keep University of Idaho's "flagship" status in mission statement.
Graphic courtesy of Idaho State Board of Education

It didn’t take long for supporters of the University of Idaho to raise the flagship issue again at the meeting of the Idaho State Board of Education in Moscow Wednesday.

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Washington Prisons
6:27 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Time Served: Do Prison Lifers Deserve Another Chance?

During Washington’s recent legislative session, lawmakers briefly considered a bill to bring back parole for prisoners. The measure failed to move out of committee. But supporters already plan to try again next year.

The sentence of ‘life without the possibility of parole’ is steadily on the rise in U.S. prisons. Here In Washington, nearly 600 prisoners are currently serving ‘life without’. Most of them will grow old and die behind bars. It’s a prospect that’s tough to fathom.

In this collaboration with the Seattle Times, we take a look at how some ‘lifers’ come to grips with this reality….and how they search for meaning in a situation most people see as hopeless. KUOW’s Liz Jones has our story from Monroe prison.

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Evergreen Prof Flees
6:53 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Elusive Professor Sells Condo Before State Can Seize It For Ethics Fine

The job of recovering the largest ethics fine in Washington state history just got tougher. State officials have been unable to locate a former Evergreen State College professor who skipped out on his six-figure fine. Even though Jorge Gilbert's whereabouts are unknown, he managed to sell off his condominium in Olympia last week before the state could seize it.

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Northwest News
4:38 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

900 Enroll In Idaho Technical High School, Now It Needs Teachers

KTEC school is already over enrolled before opening.
Photo courtesy of KTEC Northwest News Network

An over-enrolled technical high school opening for the first time this fall in north Idaho indicates an unmet hunger for practical job training. The mutli-district collaboration in Rathdrum doesn’t even have a roof yet, and enrollment already exceeds capacity. Now, the school is on the hunt for more instructors.

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Washington Teacher Evaluations
4:42 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Governor Signs New Grading System For Teachers And Principals

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire supports the new teacher and principal evaluations.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Korribot Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Teachers and Principals in Washington are going to get graded on a new four-tier evaluation system. That’s under a new law signed by Governor Chris Gregoire Thursday. It’ll judge teachers as unsatisfactory, basic, proficient or distinguished. The new rankings will replace the current pass/fail format. The change is estimated to cost $5.3 million , but Gregoire says it’s necessary.

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