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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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In the past year, Washington lawmakers have made major changes to the way schools are funded to end the long-running McCleary lawsuit. But parents and school officials say the public education system still doesn’t have all that it needs.

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 (Updated at 1:55 pm on April 20, 2018, to clarify how much more the new levy will cost an average homeowner.)

The city of Seattle is planning to ask voters to approve a levy this November to pay for education programs for kids from preschool age all the way up to community college.

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Friday marks 19 years since two students opened fire on their classmates at Columbine High School in Colorado, one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

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Seattle’s economy is booming, but not enough young people who grow up here are landing those high-paying jobs, according to Mayor Jenny Durkan.

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New regulations are in the works for child care centers and people who run day care out of their homes. Washington state aims to align rules for different categories of child care and improve the quality of care.

But some child care center owners are warning that the rules being considered will force them to charge parents more. Washington already ranks among the 10 least affordable states for child care.

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Eighth graders in Washington state scored above the national average in both math and reading on the assessment known as the nation's report card.

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Burien is still reeling after the fatal shooting of two teenage girls less than two weeks ago. On Monday evening, Burien city officials will hold a town hall meeting to talk about youth engagement and ways to keep the community safe.

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Seattle Public Schools is on its way to getting its first Native American superintendent. The school board has voted to begin contract negotiations with Denise Juneau, former state superintendent of public instruction in Montana.

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In his time as superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, Larry Nyland has said that it’s a “moral imperative” to ensure that every kid in Seattle gets a great education. But the district has not managed to eliminate troubling gaps that exist between white kids and students of color in things like test scores and graduation rates.

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The Seattle school district is holding community meetings to get input on two tax levies that will be on the ballot next February, but there’s concern that voters are fed up with higher property taxes.

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Seattle Public Schools have big disparities in test scores by race and income level. The three people competing to run the Seattle school district all say closing that gap is top priority.

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The people vying to run Washington state’s largest school district will take questions from the public at a forum Thursday afternoon. One group anxiously looking for more information on the three candidates is the Seattle Education Association, the union that represents teachers, counselors, paraprofessionals and other school staff in the district.

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Ever since the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in February, schools have been even more alert to the possibility of gun violence.

Thursday evening, Highline Public Schools in South King County is holding the first in a series of community meetings about school safety. Other districts say they’re taking threats very seriously, as well.

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A tight-knit community in SeaTac has been fighting for almost two years to stay in their mobile homes. Wednesday evening, Northwest Film Forum in Seattle will screen a short documentary about their possible displacement that was produced by three teenage girls who have grown up there.

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This is a nail-biting time for high school seniors as they wait for college acceptance letters and financial aid. Twenty-two high schoolers from around the Puget Sound region already have that figured out after being selected for a scholarship program called Act Six.

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Often, laws are created in the wake of a tragedy. In Washington state, the legislature passed what’s called the Becca laws in 1995 in the wake of the murder of a 13-year-old girl named Rebecca Hedman.

The laws are aimed at creating systems to track and get help for kids who are engaged in risky behavior, including chronic absence from school.

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Students around the Puget Sound region, from Seattle to Renton to Gig Harbor, poured out of class as part of the national walkout against gun violence.

At Ingraham High School in North Seattle, hundreds of students gathered on the soccer field. They stood in silence to honor the victims of last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead.

This story has been updated

Students from across the Pacific Northwest joined a nationwide walkout today to protest gun violence and to remember the 17 people killed in February's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Updated at 10:20 a.m. ET to reflect growing number of walkouts

Seventeen-year-old Egzona Rexhepi and many of her classmates in Boise, Idaho, will join students at schools and universities across the country as they walk out of their school Wednesday to protest gun violence.

Planned student walkouts Wednesday bring attention to reducing the threat of school shootings. One group of Northwest parents is pushing schools to prepare better for another kind of disaster, a major earthquake. 

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Students at schools across the Puget Sound region are planning to walk out Wednesday as part of a nationwide protest to mark the one-month anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead.

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Schools may soon have to screen kids for the learning disability dyslexia early on in elementary school. State lawmakers passed a bill requiring districts to do so starting in the 2020-2021 school year.

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Across the country, people are debating how to prevent mass shootings like the one that happened Feb. 14 at a Florida high school. Many people are pushing for tighter gun laws. There’s also an acknowledgement that young people who are struggling emotionally need more help, and one way people can help is to take a youth mental health first aid class.

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Although results in the Feb. 13 special election have not yet been certified, several school districts in the Puget Sound region appear to have failed to pass school construction bond measures. Those districts include Everett, Arlington, Lake Washington and Bethel.

One Democratic state lawmaker said the threshold for school bond measures to pass is too high, making it hard for districts to address overcrowding and build new schools.

Could anyone have stopped this? That's one of the biggest questions for schools and educators as the nation takes in the facts of the shooting in Parkland, Fla., that has left 17 dead and 23 injured.

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Albert Virachismith, the man charged with repeatedly raping an elementary school student in Seattle, worked at eight other schools in the district. That brought him into contact with many children and raises questions about whether there are other victims.

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First Student, the company that employs school bus drivers in Seattle, said it will meet Thursday with the leadership of Teamsters Local 174 and a federal mediator. That comes after drivers have been on strike since Feb. 1 over health and retirement benefits.

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The school bus strike in Seattle has now lasted almost a week. It has put put the drivers’ employer, First Student, under close scrutiny. The company was the only one that submitted a bid to provide bus service in the district, leaving Seattle Public Schools with little choice.

But the district is taking steps to expand its options in the future.

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Almost every day, it seems like there’s another headline raising concerns about how screen time affects kids’ brain development and emotions. Even a group of former Facebook and Google employees is trying to call attention to the potential harms of technology for children.

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(Updated at 3:35 pm to add comments from school bus driver Alex Bergstrom and First Student executive Kim Mingo.)

About 400 Seattle school bus drivers went on strike Thursday. The work stoppage stems from a dispute with their employer, First Student, over health and retirement benefits.

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