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Katherine Long

15 March 2018

Washington, United States

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Washington state boasts one of the country's most established and successful dual-credit programs, allowing students to earn college credits while still in high school (at no cost). Some participants even graduate hig...

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Katherine Long

22 January 2018

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Students enrolled in community college may waste time and money if they don't have a clear plan laid out for their post-secondary education. With new grant funding, five community colleges in Washington are working to...

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Katherine Long

13 January 2018

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“It’s like my tongue is tap-dancing,” is how one student described learning Lushootseed, an indigenous language. Colleges and universities are allowing students to get a credit for learning an indigenous language. A f...

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Claudia Rowe

7 December 2017

Miami, Florida, United States

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In most "gifted" programs across the U.S., students are predominantly middle income and white, regardless of the variation in demographics between districts. Since the 1990s, Miami public schools have made it their qu...

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Claudia Rowe

23 October 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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As Seattle’s Central District continues plans to expand their juvenile detention center, one prosecutor is looking for ways to keep kids out of it. "Our system has proven woefully inadequate, so we can’t just keep doi...

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Neal Morton

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2 September 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Acting on research that suggests students' freshman year grades are a reliable predictor of whether or not they will graduate from high school, administrators and teachers in Seattle are implementing new efforts to av...

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Paige Cornwell

7 July 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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For many years, Leschi Elementary was a divided school - white kids were overwhelmingly enrolled in Leschi's Montessori program, while students of color were most likely found in the "contemporary" classes. In 2014, s...

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Katherine Long

5 June 2017

Onalaska, Washington, United States

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Responding to a changing economy in rural Washington state, one high school has added more relevant vocational programs and started requiring students to take a daily 50-minute class on the college application process...

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Katherine Long

2 June 2017

Chehalis, Washington, United States

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The Chehalis school district has teamed up with the Chehalis Foundation to support students. Only 15 percent of adults in the area have a bachelor's degree, and only 20 percent of graduating high school seniors earn ...

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Claudia Rowe

2 April 2017

Federal Way, Washington, United States

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Despite comprising a third of the population, poor and minority students are drastically underrepresented in gifted education programs across the nation, even if their academic performance is on-par with their white p...

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Neal Morton

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2 March 2017

Tacoma, Washington, United States

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Adapting tactics that have helped persuade homeowners to use less electricity by comparing them to their neighbors, schools in Tacoma and other school districts across the nation are trying to boost student attendance...

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Neal Morton

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21 December 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The Parent-Child Home Program in the Seattle area is helping close the achievement gap in poor and at-risk families by giving 2 and 3 year-olds a jump start in early education. By pairing parents with a trained educat...

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Daniel Gilbert

2 December 2016

Christchurch, New Zealand

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A magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2011 laid waste to much of the city and killed 185 people. Although on the opposite side of the world, Seattle is home to strikingly similar buildi...

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JoNel Aleccia

30 November 2016

Vancouver, 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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Claudia Rowe

9 July 2016

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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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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

25 June 2016

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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

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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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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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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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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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