Education

In the belly of the Burke Museum

Behind the scenes at Seattle's museum of natural history and culture, you become aware of the incredible knowledge infrastructure we've created in this state museum. Plus, it houses mummies, spiders, fossils, spears, and Bobo's head: everything a budding Indiana Jones could want.

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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Washington ranks No. 18 in well-being of children

Kids in Washington may have higher standards of living than children in other states like California and Texas, but our state's ranking is nothing to gloat about. 

SEATTLE TIMES

Why you shouldn't send your kid to the Ivy League

Elite colleges lack the diversity their brochures boast about, especially in regards to socioeconomic status. 

THE NEW REPUBLIC

In California, nonprofits bridge tech gap

Nonprofit organizations like Hack the Hood are helping women and people of color develop crucial skills to be successful in the tech industry, whether that entails coding or marketing. 

NPR

Feds say Washington must send failing school letters

The U.S. Department of Education denied Washington’s request to circumvent aspects of No Child Left Behind on Monday. Now thousands of parents across the state will be getting letters from their child’s school districts notifying them that their schools are failing to pass certain aspects of the law.

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

Why good teaching won't help poor school districts win at standardized testing

Meredith Broussard writes, "This is because standardized tests are not based on general knowledge. As I learned in the course of my investigation, they are based on specific knowledge contained in specific sets of books: the textbooks created by the test makers." And poor districts, she says, can't afford those books.

THE ATLANTIC

Honeymoon period ahead: New super for Seattle schools

He's the fourth superintendent in four years for Seattle Public Schools.

PARENTMAP

Seattle Public Schools calls up former Marysville superintendent as interim

"Longtime area educator Larry Nyland will lead Seattle Public Schools for the next year while the School Board searches for a permanent superintendent."

SEATTLE TIMES

How a Renton school got its students into the math groove

From a low point, one of the elementary schools turned things around completely. 

SEATTLE TIMES

For Sale: Everest Colleges in Washington

Facing several state and federal investigations, Corinthian Colleges is selling 85 of its Everest Colleges throughout the country, including five colleges in Washington state. The US Education Department placed Corinthian Colleges under heightened financial monitoring last month, after the company failed to address concerns over false advertising practices.  

SEATTLE TIMES

Boot the FAFSA? Student aid revolutionizes

Two U.S. senators have drafted a bill that would put the Free Application for Federal Student Aid in the trash. The FAFSA would be replaced by a simpler two-question form, roughly the size of a postcard. Officials are also considering tapping into text messaging to remind students to fill out the forms. 

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