Seattle Public Schools

Podcast: Seattle Interagency Academy rocked by 6 student deaths in 6 months

In the last six months, six students at Seattle Interagency Academy have been murdered or committed suicide. The oldest was 20. Interagency Academy is a…

Think tank to Seattle: Forget redeveloping Rainier Beach. Try a little TLC.

When Mayor Murray announced two weeks ago that a delegation from the renowned Urban Land Institute (ULI) would visit and advise on what to do…

Opinion: State neglects funding of long-term care

The focus of the 2015 legislative session is on funding K-12 education, to a level that will avert further Washington Supreme Court sanctions. The session’s…

South Seattle lawmakers want to split Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools would split into two separate districts under a bill filed Friday by Reps. Sharon Tomiko Santos and Eric Pettigrew, both south Seattle…

Want to fix the school board? Change the job, not the people

Seattle education watchers are fond of bashing the school board, complaining when board members fight, intervene in administrative decisions and drive out superintendents. Unfortunately, that’s…

What public school teachers need from you to help their students thrive

As part of Crosscut's Community Idea Lab, we're challenging all of you to come up with solutions to improve K-12 learning for students and teachers…

Crosscut partners with MOHAI on next Community Idea Lab: Public school 2.0

Last spring, on a warm June evening, more than 300 of you gathered at Town Hall for a new perspective on things. You came to…

School board makes Larry Nyland Seattle’s new superintendent

Correction: The original version of this story referred to a union survey of teachers; that survey was actually a poll of school principals. Seattle’s superintendent…

Can decentralization improve Seattle schools?

Recent local headlines have parents and principals baffled and frustrated by a district policy that allocates teachers in the fall, and then takes teachers away…

City-sponsored Prop. 1B wins pre-K battle

What started as a quiet night for the Proposition 1B campaign gathering on Capitol Hill turned into a packed and raucous party. Proposition 1A and…

The Elephant in the Room: Why can’t Seattle keep a school superintendent?

I've teamed up with Crosscut on a new podcast series called "The Elephant in the Room." It's a place where my guests and I get…

Seattle’s tech boom isn’t just for rich kids: 3 programs reinvigorating STEM education

Over the next four years, Washington’s science and tech economy is expected to grow at a faster pace than the national average, and almost all…

Seattle may have an affordable option for a downtown school

After two decades of the city directing growth to Seattle’s urban centers, nearly 60,000 people now call downtown home, with additional residential units going up…

Baumgartner vs. State Supreme Court

The new bill reads like a tit-for-tat measure. The Washington Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, an alliance of 24 Republicans and two Democrats, has argued for…

Stop funding school construction with clear cuts

Education and nature are sacred in Washington. Yet when we build new schools, tens of thousands of trees on state trust lands are felled to…

Pearl Harbor Day: ‘We’re at war against my relatives’

The teacher awoke 30 minutes early Thursday to give a special lesson that she has recited many times for many pupils over many years. She…

Seattle School Board’s District IV: On the campaign trail with the two Sues

“What does the Seattle School Board do exactly?” asked two Seattle teacher friends of mine. “Who should we vote for?” Welcome to what should be…

Teachers okay new contract

Seattle public school students are headed to their first classes of the year Wednesday morning after teachers voted at 8 p.m. Tuesday night in favor…

Seattle teachers reject contract, consider strike

"This proposal will not be accepted," said McClure Middle School teacher Jan Robbins. The 22-year teaching veteran said she's never seen the contract bargaining process…

Stalled: Schools and teachers reach a stalemate

"The tone around the table has been very positive," said Seattle Education Association (SEA) president Jonathan Knapp on August 21, after the inaugural meeting of…

How pizza helped Garfield High teachers resist standardized testing

When Garfield High School teachers refused to administer a standardized test of students last winter, they unleashed an international outpouring of support. Eventually, the teachers'…

In defense of David Guterson

Novelist David Guterson took some abuse last week over a commencement address he gave at his old alma mater, Seattle's Roosevelt High School. His talk…

Charlie Staadecker: A campaign to make Seattle better

In March, Columbia City residents heard pre-dawn gunfire — confusing and scaring them for a long time.  They didn't know that a Bellevue police SWAT…

How unions are spinning Seattle’s revolving door of leadership

A few weeks ago, Seattleites saw a familiar sequence of photos. Photo number one shows an outgoing leader — in this case Seattle Police Department Chief,…

Seattle Public Schools’ new plan looks pretty familiar

The small, earnest crowd assembled in the Ballard High School commons was united in its purpose: Help Seattle Public Schools craft a new long-term strategic…