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06/23/2017

By Matt Fulle

June 22, 2017

While 85 percent of White students in Seattle earn a high school diploma each year, only 65 percent of African-American students in the district earn a diploma.

This gap down racial lines may sound out of sync with Seattle’s popular reputation as a liberal bastion of progress.

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06/23/2017

By Betheny Gross

June 21, 2017

In their efforts to expand school choice, city leaders have good intentions and lofty ambitions. They want to allow for diverse approaches to education, offering schools and programs that meet the demands and interests of a wide variety of students and families. They want to give both students and educators the opportunity to find their best fit. They want all children to have the chance to attend any school in the city, even if it isn’t in their neighborhood.

06/21/2017

By Mike Elsen-Rooney

June 20, 2017

When it comes to educating students from urban low-income families, according to a new study, one state leads the pack. And it’s one you might not expect.

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06/21/2017

By Aidan Hoyal 

June 19, 2017

My child attends a Nashville charter school. But that might not make me the “charter supporter” you think I am. 

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06/21/2017

By John Flanagan 

June 19, 2017

New York’s primary obligation under the state Constitution is the fair and proper education of every child regardless of venue, regardless of ethnicity and, more importantly, regardless of wealth. 

Like my three children, I am a product of public education, and they and I are very lucky for it. We did not have to fight the way other parents have been forced to do because we had access and opportunity. I want that for every child.

06/21/2017

By Carolyn Phenicie

June 18, 2017

The rapid improvement in Washington, D.C.’s schools is one of the biggest education stories of the past decade. The graduation rate for D.C. Public Schools, which educate some 60 percent of K-12 students in the capital city, has jumped from 53 percent in 2011 to 69 percent in 2016.

06/21/2017

By Alejandra Matos

June 18, 2017

The conferences most parents had with their children’s teachers this school year probably went something like this: They occurred twice, in the fall and spring. Many parents failed to show up. Those who did asked whether their children were behaving and passing. After 15 minutes, the meeting was over.

But there’s a growing movement in the nation’s schools to overhaul parent-teacher conferences.

Read more: http://wapo.st/2sUm463

06/21/2017

By Kate McGee

June 16, 2017

Middle school teachers at a charter school in Columbia Heights have voted to unionize, forming the first collective bargaining unit at a charter school in the district. The teachers at Cesar Chavez Prep Middle School voted 31-2 in favor of joining the American Federation of Teachers.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2rVwD3Z

 

06/16/2017

By Laura Waters

June 13, 2016

Eight-year-old Jared Teel-Drayton hops into the room, hands flapping, eyes darting, smile alight. He’s been painting—his class went to the art room today—and his teacher, Farida Mallah, patiently combs through a plastic drawer for a clean tee-shirt, which he dons happily. It’s his favorite one, navy blue with the word “grit” stenciled in front, usually awarded as a prize.

 Jared’s got something special, and it’s not just a new tee-shirt.

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