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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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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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9 April 2016

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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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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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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...

The Seattle Times

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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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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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5 May 2015

Bellevue, Washington, United States

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Many schools across the Bellevue, Washington school district have integrated social-emotional learning curricula into their daily lesson plans. Using a program called RULER (Recognize, Understand, Label, Express, and ...

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22 February 2015

Washington, United States

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Throughout Washington, administrators have rolled out new preschool teacher evaluation methodology. Called "CLASS", instructors are observed at length and judged on their interactions in categories including emotional...

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28 October 2014

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Research in the U.S. suggests that a small class size is not enough but in combination with teacher training it leads to a change in achievement.

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