Public Schools

Washington Education
4:27 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Most Washington Public Schools Now Deemed “Failing”

Washington State’s education department announced today that nearly nine out of 10 Washington schools failed to make the federal government’s achievement standard
Credit U.S. Army RDECOM / Flickr

Most of the public schools in Washington state have to send letters home to families notifying them that their children’s school is failing to meet state standards.

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Class of 2025
7:23 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Learning And Lunch: School Programs Fight The Summer Slide

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It's three weeks until school starts in Oregon. It can't come too soon for parents who are struggling to keep their kids fed, supervised, and learning, over the summer.

OPB has been following a cohort of Oregon kids in the Class of 2025. They'll be in second grade soon. Rob Manning will visit with a few of those kids - as part of a broader look at what summer means for students in Oregon.

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Idaho Online Classes
6:06 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Idaho High School Students Won't Be Required To Take Online Classes

Idaho high school students won't have to take online classes to graduate. The State Board of Education repealed a rule Monday that required them. Voters rejected the Students Come First laws on November 6 but one of those laws had a twist. It required the board of education to set the online class requirement, which it did.

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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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Washington Charter Schools
6:08 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Wash. Charter School Backers Check In With Plenty Of Signatures

Supporters of creating charter schools in Washington say they have more than enough signatures to get their initiative on the ballot. They turned in their petitions Friday.

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Public School Rebates
5:39 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Corporate Kicker For K-12 Well On Track To November Ballot

An initiative to redirect corporate tax rebates to public schools is on track to qualify for the November ballot. This rebate is called the kicker because it goes into effect when tax revenues exceed projections by more than 2 percent.

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Seattle Cafeteria Debt
6:31 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Seattle Students Racking Up Cafeteria Debt

Students at Seattle public schools can charge for cafeteria lunches, leading to concerns over "cafeteria debt."

SEATTLE, Wash. - Many school districts are switching to electronic payment systems in their cafeterias. Parents can fund their kids’ accounts online, and even see what their kids are buying for lunch. But kids can also charge food when there’s no money in their accounts. Now Seattle Public Schools is trying to collect $12,000 in unpaid lunchroom debt. From KUOW in Seattle, Ann Dornfeld reports.

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High School
7:10 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Oregon Grad Rates Improve, But 1 in 3 Still Fall Short

Oregon's high school graduation rates inched up slightly last year. But as Rob Manning reports, thousands of young people who endure four years of high school don’t have a regular diploma to show for it.

67 percent of freshmen who entered high school in 2007, earned diplomas last spring, after four years in school. The other thirty-three percent are not all dropouts. Many of them got alternative diplomas, or GED's. But education experts say the goal should be to have as many students as possible earning the more rigorous, standard diploma.

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