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Why we are failing to teach every child to read

One flaw is being blinded by average reading scores, masking the students who are falling behind. Another is the regimented, stuffed curriculum, which crowds out time for teaching each child to read by the early elementary years. But reading is not just another subject; it's the fundamental and crucial skill.

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Getting kids back on the science bus

The Legislature is considering a local-option program that would enable cultural and educational institutions to open their doors to far more students, even providing free bus rides. The measure would also help stabilize these struggling organizations in a tough time.

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

UVA pledges zero-tolerance policy in rape cases

University of Virginia's governing board scrambled to handle the aftermath of a Rolling Stone article that detailed a horrific gang rape of a student at a fraternity two years ago.

CNN

Elite NYC schools wrestle with race, admissions and testing

With black and Hispanic enrollment at record lows, New York City considers changing its exam-based admissions

AL JAZEERA

Joel Connelly: Pre-school expansion is gearing up

Mayor Ed Murray says it's important to collaborate with Seattle Public Schools so students maintain their early gains.

SEATTLEPI.COM

College kids’ homeless hell

While colleges spend billions on new facilities, you'd be shocked where students are staying. Here's the dark truth.

SALON

Congress has left reservation schools in decrepit shape

The Interior Department is turning educational decisions over to local leaders but the buildings need expensive improvements.

NEW YORK TIMES

Schools here finding it hard to find substitute teachers

It's not clear why the challenge has become so severe, but the rising economy and upgraded training offerings for regular teachers are possible factors.

SEATTLE TIMES

The challenge of teaching science in rural America

In districts where distances are wide and budgets are tight, even the most basic chemistry lab may be out of reach.

THE ATLANTIC

Education advocate, Costco founder Bob Craves dies at 72

He was chair of the state higher education board and helped found the College Success Foundation. 

PUGET SOUND BUSINESS JOURNAL

Parents: kids don't have enough time for lunch

Seattle schools require at least a 20-minute lunch period, but as many as 50 elementary schools may be violating that policy. 

McCleary mandate and the class size initiative, helpful or hurtful?

Although a group behind the class-size initiative joins some skeptical lawmakers in urging voters to reject it, nearly two thirds say they're likely to support the initiative.

KPLU-FM
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