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Northwest Public Television

NOTE: This week we’ve been featuring education stories from around the Northwest as part of the PBS special American Graduate Day.

Yakima’s A.C. Davis High School mission statement is to “educate students for success:  life-long learning, employment, and social awareness.”

Northwest Public Television

NOTE: This week we’re featuring education stories from around the Northwest as part of the PBS special American Graduate Day airing Saturday, Oct. 14.

Northwest Public Television

NOTE: This week we’re featuring education stories from around the Northwest as part of the PBS special American Graduate Day airing Saturday, Oct. 14.

One program at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick teaches public speaking skills, increases vocabulary, and helps students process and express emotions.

Northwest Public Television

NOTE: This week we’re featuring education stories from around the Northwest as part of the PBS special American Graduate Day airing Saturday, Oct. 14.

High school skills programs like one in Spokane are filling a need for skilled workers in areas like construction, manufacturing, and information technology.

Northwest Public Television

NOTE: This week we’re featuring stories of education successes and experiments from around the Northwest as part of the PBS and Northwest Public Television special American Graduate Day airing Saturday, Oct. 14.

Greg Mills / Northwest Public Television

This week we’re featuring stories of education successes and experiments from around the region as part of the PBS and Northwest Public Television special American Graduate Day airing Saturday, Oct. 14.

Esmy Jimenez / Northwest Public Radio

During this back-to-school season, there is one persistent issue: classroom diversity. Students of color make up half of Washington classrooms, but public school teachers are overwhelmingly white.

Education Plans Move Forward In Washington Legislature

Feb 22, 2017

The Washington Legislature has reached a milestone in its court-ordered quest to amply fund schools. Both chambers have now passed education funding plans.

The House vote happened Wednesday. But negotiating a final compromise could take months.

Washington lawmakers are under a court order to fully fund K-12 education. Both Republicans and Democrats agree that it’s their top priority. But a measure to officially “fund education first” in the state budget failed Wednesday.

Washington state’s 65th Legislature is in session. Both the House and Senate convened at noon Monday, marking the start of a 105-day budget writing session.

Washington state lawmakers face a daunting task as they convene on Monday for the 2017 legislative session: how to fully fund public schools by 2018. And that job might have just gotten harder.

The ongoing fight over school funding in Washington state is heading back to court. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday before the Washington Supreme Court.

A 30-day special session of the Washington Legislature is about half over. But there’s still no agreement between Senate Republicans and House Democrats on an update to the state’s two-year budget. Sharp moments of election-year partisan tensions have been on display since lawmakers convened in January.

Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest Public Radio

  Ask any special education teacher about the job, and eventually you’ll hear about paperwork: reports and forms for every aspect of instruction. It’s a workload that cuts into time teachers have to plan or teach students directly. All that paperwork is one reason the bulk of teaching in special ed is now done by paraeducators, often with no more training than a high school diploma.

Rules, Not Results, For A Student In Special Education

Dec 23, 2015
Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest Public Radio

Special education is about inclusion: making sure kids who need it get extra help, so they have the same opportunities as their peers. But an emphasis on rules and protocol sometimes means schools lose sight of real outcomes for students.