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Gifted programs, the new secession, trust-fund taxes: What Education Lab is reading this week

The long weekend is almost upon us, and you’re still looking for some light reading. Whether you’re hopping on a flight or your couch for the next few days, we have you covered. We’re sharing the “What We’re Reading” section from our weekly Education Lab newsletter right here. Subscribe to the newsletter to see our favorite […]
Tags: Education, Education Lab


Seattle’s school board enters a game of musical chairs with five seats opening soon

Four of seven seats on the Seattle School Board will be up for grabs this November, and nearly all of the 14 people interested in filling them are newcomers. By the King County Elections online filing deadline, Board President Leslie Harris was the only incumbent with a registered campaign.
Tags: News, Education, Seattle, Local News, Northwest, Education Lab, Puget Sound, Seattle School Board, Leslie Harris


Studying while parenting, unequal discipline, a mock funeral: What Education Lab is reading this week

If you appreciate good writing, you’re probably as disappointed with the final season of “Game of Thrones” as I am. Don’t worry, you can drown your sorrows by exposing yourself to some phenomenal writing about education. We’re sharing the “What We’re Reading” section from our weekly Education Lab newsletter right here. Subscribe to the newsletter to […]
Tags: News, Education, Education Lab, Don


Ask us your questions about Washington’s big college-affordability bill

A new bill that greatly expands college financial aid in Washington could help 110,000 families pay for college every year. What questions do you have about it?
Tags: News, Education, Washington, Local News, Education Lab


Amazon vows safety reforms after Washington AG finds toxic lead and cadmium in children’s products

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced what he described as a national settlement with the tech and commerce giant in Seattle on Thursday.
Tags: Wellness, Amazon, Business, News, Education, Washington, Seattle, Education Lab, Bob Ferguson, Washington AG


Campus quarantine, tuition or dinner, student podcasts: What Education Lab is reading this week

The weather is getting nicer and the last place you want to be is indoors. But in case you have to be, you may as well catch up on the latest in education news. We’re sharing the “What We’re Reading” section from our weekly Education Lab newsletter right here. Subscribe to the newsletter to see our […]
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Guest essay: Six ways we can help students achieve their college and career goals

Kirsten Avery works with staff from 11 South King County high schools that are re-engineering curriculum and supports so that more students are set up for college and career success. Here are six lessons she has learned.
Tags: News, Education, Local News, Education Lab, Puget Sound, South King County, Kirsten Avery


110,000 Washington students a year will get money for college, many a free ride

In what may be the most generous aid program in the country, Washington is on the brink of reducing tuition or making it free for about 110,000 low- to median-income students each year. Guaranteed, with no more wait lists.
Tags: News, Education, Washington, Local News, Education Lab


New law may make it easier for people to become teachers in Washington state

Starting this summer, students aspiring to enroll in teacher-preparation programs — which are hosted through community colleges and universities — will no longer have to earn a minimum score on the state's mandatory basic skills exam called the WEST-B.
Tags: News, Education, Local News, Education Lab, Puget Sound


Could a regional approach to teacher home visits work in King County? It has in Dallas and Fort Worth.

Especially in South King County, students regularly move across district lines, so a district-run program could lose track of some of the most vulnerable families. That mobility has prompted some speculation that a regional approach could work better.
Tags: News, Education, Dallas, Local News, Fort Worth, Education Lab, South King County, King County


Are you a student who thinks education should be different? Apply for our Student Voices program

We're looking for college and high-school students from around the state to share their experiences in Washington's public school system and tell us how they would change it.
Tags: News, Education, Washington, Local News, Education Lab, Project Homeless


Washington lawmakers want to guarantee you can get college credit for IB classes

For the third time in as many years, state Legislators have passed a bill that makes it "crystal clear" that students who take the most rigorous, college-level courses in high school will earn college credit for them.
Tags: News, Education, Washington, Local Politics, Local News, Education Lab, IB


Vote: Which education question do you want us to answer?

We asked for your questions about students whose needs are not being met in schools. We got plenty, and now you get to help us decide which to answer.
Tags: News, Education, Local News, Education Lab


It’s college-level math, but it’s taught differently — and it’s helping more Washington students graduate

A new way of teaching math to students who aren't majoring in STEM fields is helping more students graduate.
Tags: News, Education, Local News, Education Lab


Recess can be isolating and chaotic for children with autism. UW researchers say it doesn’t have to be.

For typically developing children, recess can be the best part of the school day. Lots of friends to scream and shout with while playing tag, inventive games on the jungle gym and hard-fought competitions between the athletically inclined. A child with autism, meanwhile, may encounter recess as loud and chaotic, isolating and exhausting — making it […]
Tags: Science, News, Education, Local News, Education Lab, UW


Teachers visit families at home in 700 communities nationwide. The idea is earning attention in Seattle.

For the past 10 years, the school district in Reno, Nevada, has trained teachers to visit students and families where it might matter most — in their living rooms. New research links the approach to stronger relationships and academic outcomes.
Tags: News, Education, Seattle, Local News, Education Lab, Reno Nevada


Washington needs to move faster on plans to enroll all eligible children in preschool by 2022

The state has added 1,800 more students to its preschool program recently, but a new report suggests Washington may need to move faster to reach all eligible children.
Tags: News, Education, Washington, Local News, Education Lab


Washington lawmakers, advocates agree special-education policy must change, but time is running out

The news set back parents and lawmakers who argue that boosting funding for special education is not enough to turn the tide on a system that's produced one of the nation's highest dropout rates for students with disabilities.
Tags: News, Education, Washington, Local Politics, Local News, Northwest, Education Lab, Puget Sound


At her first major speech, new Seattle schools chief Juneau restates an age-old priority: racial equity

Denise Juneau shared the stories of employees and schools that exemplified the goals she set out to accomplish in her five-year vision.
Tags: News, Education, Seattle, Local News, Education Lab, Juneau, Denise Juneau


How does home school fit into solutions for ‘nontraditional’ students in Washington?

The number of home school students in the U.S. has nearly doubled since 1999. In Washington, the option has grown in popularity among black and Muslim families and parents of students with disabilities.
Tags: News, Education, Washington, Local News, Education Lab


Guest essay: Why I home-school

"I want for my home-schooler and all children to develop and maintain a zest for learning, to light up at a challenge," Imani Razat writes on why she chooses to home-school her son.
Tags: News, Education, Local News, Education Lab, Puget Sound, Imani Razat


A podcast challenge, adjunct professors, student-loan relief: What Education Lab is reading this week

I wonder what corruption and bribery schemes have penetrated the Citadel, the closest thing to a university that Westeros has. I wonder how high the literacy rate is across the Seven Kingdoms. These are the things you think about when education news and “Game of Thrones” start blending together in your head. Don’t worry, this is no […]
Tags: News, Education, Education Lab, Don, Westeros


After a little more than a year on Seattle’s school board, Zachary DeWolf announces City Council campaign

If his campaign is successful, DeWolf's departure could mark even more potential change for the School Board. Four of seven seats are up for reelection this November.
Tags: News, Education, Local Politics, City Council, Seattle, Local News, Northwest, Education Lab, Puget Sound, Zachary DeWolf, DeWolf


A new chapter for Tacoma’s resident Nerd Farmer

Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, Washington state's 2016 Teacher of the Year, will leave the country after this school year for a new endeavor: teaching at the American Community School in Abu Dhabi.
Tags: News, Education, Washington, Local News, Tacoma, Education Lab, Puget Sound, Nathan Gibbs, Nerd Farmer, American Community School


Legislators want to recession-proof higher education funding in Washington

Lawmakers are considering a sweeping new bill that would raise taxes on businesses and create a dedicated fund for higher education.
Tags: News, Education, Washington, Local Politics, Local News, Education Lab


How your Washington state representatives voted on a bill to raise school levies

Here's how the House budget committee voted over the weekend on separate bills to increase funding for special education and allow local school districts to raise their local property-tax levies.
Tags: News, Education, Washington, House, Local Politics, Local News, Education Lab


Facing opioid and foster-care crisis, Spokane’s Rising Strong seeks to keep families together

The opioid epidemic has caused a surge in children being separated from their addicted parents, flooding the foster care system even as research shows foster kids are more likely to drop out of school, abuse drugs and end up homeless or in prison. Rising Strong is trying to break that cycle with an unusual drug-treatment approach that treats addicts while keeping families together.
Tags: Health, News, Education, Local News, Northwest, Education Lab, Spokane


After late-night amendments, fate of school levy bill remains unclear in Washington Legislature

Lawmakers are working against the clock to reach a final budget agreement before the end of the month.
Tags: News, Education, Washington, Local Politics, Local News, Education Lab


Laundromat libraries, our homework obsession, affirmative action: What Education Lab is reading this week

Believe it or not, we did stop watching the new Avengers trailer long enough to watch and read other stuff this week. If you manage to stop watching it too, check out some of that other stuff below. We’re sharing the “What We’re Reading” section from our free weekly Education Lab newsletter right here on seattletimes.com. […]
Tags: News, Education, Education Lab


Issaquah students walk out over racist invitation to dance that mimicked signs in other states

Students across the country have used variations of the same racist language to make their own school-dance proposals since at least 2018.
Tags: News, Education, Local News, Northwest, Education Lab, Puget Sound



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