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Progress for some Detroit schools, lifelong learning for seniors, a new city: What Education Lab is reading

There’s no need to dread a gloomy, rainy weekend when you can stay in and get cozy with these education reads. Hot toddy, fireplace and cat optional. Subscribe to the newsletter to see our favorite education stories from around the country in your inbox first, plus our best features from the week and, sometimes, upcoming Seattle-area […]

Having trouble getting your student loan forgiven? Washington state’s attorney general wants to hear from you

If you’ve got student loans and have been having trouble getting the public service loan forgiveness you were promised, Washington state’s attorney general wants to hear from you. Public Service Loan Forgiveness, or PSLF, was created in 2007 to relieve the burden of student loan debt for borrowers who commit spending 10 years working for government […]

As general election nears, Harris loses support of teachers union to opponent Molly Mitchell

During Harris' tenure, the Board ended two consecutive labor negotiations by approving double-digit raises for educators. But as the 2019 general election neared, the union endorsed her opponent instead.

Charter school that opened in Kent this fall abruptly closes

A charter school in Kent closed last week after several teachers quit and more than half of its 140 students left for other schools.

Happy World Maths Day! Washington state is ranked one of the nation’s most math-loving states

It may come as no surprise that math is more popular in a tech-savvy state like Washington than it is almost anywhere else in the country. That’s according to a new survey that shows Washington and South Carolina tied at first place for math popularity, with 75% of respondents indicating they enjoy math. The survey […]

Seattle University students, faculty pushing back after Planned Parenthood removed from student resources list

A Virginia-based anti-abortion student group is pressing schools to cut ties with Planned Parenthood. Only SU has done so, according to the group.

Colleges quietly rank prospective students based on their personal data

While colleges have used data for many years to decide which regions and high schools to target their recruiting, the latest tools let administrators build rich profiles on individual students and quickly determine whether they have enough family income to help the school meet revenue goals.

California approved nearly $500M in emergency aid for community-college students. Could Washington be next?

This month, California legislators made news when they opted to provide community-college students with nearly $500 million in emergency financial assistance, a recognition of the extreme poverty and instability some students face. Turns out, something similar is happening in Washington, but at a smaller scale — and leaders of two-year Washington schools are working to give more to their studen...

You have 15 days to weigh in on Washington’s new high-school graduation requirements

Washington education officials are finalizing new graduation requirements — and you have until Oct. 28 to weigh in.

How Seattle’s Lincoln High School came back to life

But in more ways than not, the Lincoln that opened its doors last month is actually a new school, expanded to the size of roughly five Costco warehouses in order to eventually accommodate 1,600 students, providing relief to overcrowding at Roosevelt and Ballard high schools.

WSU unveils mobile unit to bring doctors, medical students to rural communities

Sometime in early 2020, teams of WSU Health Sciences Spokane medical students and faculty will hop in an RV and head out on a road trip with a serious mission: bringing medical care to rural communities. The first mobile medical unit was unveiled last week on the medical school campus. On the outside, it mostly […]

We’re going to Australia. What do you want to know about a program there that’s successfully decreased youth homelessness?

Several King County school districts may import a program that has cut the number of youth entering this Australian city's homeless system by 40%. Can it work here?

Couple get month sentence in college bribery scandal

BOSTON (AP) — A business executive and his wife, a former journalist, were each sentenced to a month in prison Tuesday for paying $125,000 to rig their daughter’s college entrance exams in a scandal involving dozens of wealthy and sometimes famous parents. Gregory and Marcia Abbott, of New York and Colorado, were sentenced in Boston’s […]

Daughter of farmworkers in Quincy, now a Ph.D. student studying conditions in the fields, wins $100,000 Bullitt prize

Maria Blancas sees more than problems in the lives of farm workers. There's a lot of strength too, she says, and joy. She's experienced it all first-hand growing up in Eastern Washington, and is now working on a documentary project allowing farm workers to tell their own stories.

A high school is a ‘slave ship’? Seattle should be expanding its gifted programs, not maligning them.

The Seattle schools superintendent hasn't minced words about the inequities in Seattle's famed accelerated learning program, and she wants to get rid of it. But wouldn't expanding access to it be the smarter play?
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