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JoNel Aleccia

30 November 2016

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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King County may become home to the first publicly supervised site in the U.S. where addicts could use illegal drugs such as heroin. The proposal is modeled on Insite, a center in Vancouver, B.C., that has prevented ne...

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Claudia Rowe

15 October 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Restorative justice, a process that originated in New Zealand, aims to repair damaged relationships rather than merely meting out punishment. It can be far more demanding than a traditional route through court, but fo...

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Claudia Rowe

10 September 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The Highline school district in Washington implemented a radical new strategy to break the school-to-prison pipeline based on mounting data that suspending students pushed them into a vicious cycle of violence and del...

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John Higgins

9 July 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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When Washington state introduced higher standards for child care, many feared that home-based centers, including those run by women from Somalia, would close. But a group spearheaded by nonprofit Voices of Tomorrow ar...

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Claudia Rowe

9 July 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Educators in the Seattle area are making a move to desegregate schools by removing track-based course structures. Inspired by the work and research of one school in New York, Washington is seeing results in closing th...

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Claudia Rowe

25 June 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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After leading Seattle’s storied Garfield High School for more than a decade, Principal Ted Howard is having a crisis of conscience, wondering if his hard line with youth of color is hurting the very students he most w...

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Daniel Beekman

13 June 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The second part in a series of stories about Seattle's response to their homeless crisis. Here, officials look to the example of Houston to create housing options for homeless veterans and former convicts.

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Daniel Beekman

11 June 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco officials converted an abandoned school on the Mission’s skid row into a special kind of shelter with the means to take chronically homeless adults from the street and entire encampment communities, then...

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John Higgins

21 May 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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A national study revealed that expulsion rates of preschool students - especially Black males - were startlingly high, especially compared to any other K-12 grade. The pattern was also shown to create a vicious cycle,...

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Steve Miletich

16 April 2016

East Haven, Connecticut, United States

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After serious issues with excessive force and police discrimination reached a head in East Haven, Conn., major department overhauls that focused on more diverse hiring, de-escalation techniques, crisis intervention, a...

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Steve Miletich

16 April 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Although issued similar reports of unconstitutional policing, Seattle and East Haven took very different paths in solving the shared problem. Not all hope is lost for Seattle PD who has seen slow progress, however, as...

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John Higgins

9 April 2016

Washington, United States

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With help from a federal grant, a Bellevue high school asked its teachers to work with the University of Washington to redesign over 30 AP courses. An independent evaluation found that the move from traditional lectur...

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Claudia Rowe

21 March 2016

Fall River, Massachusetts, United States

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The true prize in education is a recipe that vaults low-income students into the upper echelons of achievement. A blue-collar town in Massachusetts says the key is something as basic as more time.

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Claudia Rowe

19 March 2016

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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For a decade, Massachusetts has led the nation in student performance, ranking high internationally, too. What are they doing that we aren’t? Funding their schools, for one thing. But it’s also about how you spend the...

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Sanjay Bhatt

12 March 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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As Seattle and the region search for ways to produce and retain affordable housing, these four developments backed by private capital are examples of different strategies that have worked.

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John Higgins

13 February 2016

Evanston, Illinois, United States

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While research is mixed on whether increases in school spending lead to better results for students, a study suggests that influxes of dollars from court decisions lead to higher graduation rates and earnings, especia...

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Ben Stocking

2 January 2016

Tukwila, Washington, United States

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Just four years ago, Foster High’s test scores were low and morale lower. But in a dramatic turnaround, achievement now is way up, especially in math, in part due to the new, higher degree of teacher involvement.

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Katherine Long

19 December 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Only a fraction of kids in foster care go to college, and even fewer graduate. The small but successful scholarship program at Seattle University aims to change that by specifically helping students from foster care.

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John Higgins

19 November 2015

Spokane, Washington, United States

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Traditional truancy punishments have done little to keep kids in school. One school in Washington state created a truancy board to investigate the reasons behind every student's chronic absences, and to make appropria...

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Ben Stocking

19 October 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In the U.S., the practice of tracked classes or special programs have exacerbated racial separation in schools. Leschi Elementary, in Seattle, made changes to their curriculum to draw white families to a traditionally...

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Ben Stocking

6 October 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Thanks to new private and public funding, school completion programs in Seattle, which enable distressed youth to achieve high school equivalency degrees, can now expand.

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John Higgins

1 September 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle risks losing about $12 million annually in federal funds unless it fixes problems that include failures to update student learning plans, deliver services outlined in those plans and provide services consisten...

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Sandi Doughton

2 August 2015

Cle Elum, Washington, United States

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Wolves in western America were once hunted to near-extinction but have now been reintroduced into certain territories with notable success. More wolves often means more attacks on ranchers' livestock, however, so cowb...

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John Higgins

2 August 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Due to recent brain development research, educators are working to add more math education into pre-school and kindergarten classes. Studies show that children of this age are actually extremely receptive to numbers ...

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JoNel Aleccia

11 July 2015

Provo, Utah, United States

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The life-saving vitamin folic acid is added to flour in the United States, but Hispanics tend to eat little flour. Adding folic acid to corn flour would reduce birth defects in Hispanic women in the U.S.

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