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Stories and features about education in the Pacific Northwest. Including stories from Washington state and the United States.

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Stories and features about education in the Pacific Northwest. Including stories from Washington state and the United States.

    Seattle Public Schools says it will no longer offer separate honors classes in middle school

    Seattle Public Schools says it will no longer offer separate honors classes in middle school

    Amid a school year marked by controversy over the Seattle district’s plans for its advanced learning programs, officials have announced another change that’s drawing criticism and frustration from parents. District officials recently sent an email to parents saying Seattle Public Schools will no longer offer separate honors classes, sometimes known as Spectrum classes, in middle school.

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    More than half of the student body at Evergreen identifies as LGBTQ or questioning

    More than half of the student body at Evergreen identifies as LGBTQ or questioning

    The Evergreen State College is known for its forest-enclosed campus, liberal arts education and freelance areas of study. However, it’s also cultivating a new reputation: that of a hub for LGBTQ individuals. While the school has seen a large drop in enrollment since 2009, it also has seen a tremendous growth in the number of LGBTQ students: more than half of the student body identifies as LGBTQ or questioning.

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    An ensemble from Seattle JazzED will compete in Essentially Ellington for the first time

    An ensemble from Seattle JazzED will compete in Essentially Ellington for the first time

    Five bands from the Seattle region will take part in the prestigious Essentially Ellington competition in New York in May. Washington has more finalists than any other state. Eighteen bands were selected out of 106 entries. Four of the bands chosen have a track record of going: Garfield and Roosevelt high schools in Seattle, Mountlake Terrace High School and Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. For the fifth band, the Seattle JazzED Ellington Ensemble, it’s an especially sweet honor because this

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    School bonds appear to pass in Tacoma and Bellevue but not in many other districts

    School bonds appear to pass in Tacoma and Bellevue but not in many other districts

    UPDATE, Feb. 12: Adds preliminary results for some school districts, including Tacoma, Bellevue and Burlington-Edison and comments from the state superintendent. School districts around the Puget Sound region are taking stock of initial voting results for bond measures and levies. According to the state superintendent's office, almost 90 percent of local capital and operating levies are passing.

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    'Why is your skin like that?' Students of color speak out about discrimination

    'Why is your skin like that?' Students of color speak out about discrimination

    The Southern Poverty Law Center has documented a rise in incidents at schools involving racial slurs and discrimination against students of color in the past few years. But students are increasingly speaking out. This week, educators and students across the country and in Washington state are taking part in the Black Lives Matter at School week of action, which grew out of a movement that began in Seattle in 2016. Students from the Highline and Renton school districts shared their stories and

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    'They became heroes': Author Diane Ravitch on Seattle teachers' boycott of the MAP test

    'They became heroes': Author Diane Ravitch on Seattle teachers' boycott of the MAP test

    When teachers at Garfield High School announced in early 2013 that they refused to administer the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) standardized test, Seattle school officials threatened to suspend them for 10 days without pay.

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