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From farm to future: Getting small-town kids into tech

For Tyler Thornton, pears, apples and jetliners aren’t so far apart. Thornton, now 22, grew up as a fourth-generation orchardist in the remote Okanogan Valley,…

Lawsuit: Teacher pay should be same in rich, poor districts

It may not sound like a problem: In many Washington school districts, local taxpayers chip in to pay teachers salaries that are higher than the…

Who’s fixing tech’s diversity problems?

The picture is by now familiar: Many tech companies are very white and very male. Women leave tech companies at a higher rate than men.…

Its workforce graying, industry looks to prep young people for trades

Jonathan Ly wants to work in the aerospace industry some day. Ly, 17, wears his hair in a ponytail and plays ultimate frisbee. He grew…

Why Washington kids aren’t getting our best jobs

This is the first in a series of stories from Crosscut that will take a look at STEM education in the state and how it…