K-12

K-12

Meet Crosscut’s Community Idea Lab winner

Abi Gibson is a high school senior. The oldest of three sisters, she's a vocal jazz nut and, like a lot of other high schoolers,…

Later school start times could have big impact

As a push for later high school start times intensifies in Seattle, a trio of Seattle doctors shared evidence Monday night that later school start times…

Community Idea Lab: The Final Five

How can we make K-12 classrooms more student-focused, individualized and community-rooted? That's the question we asked all of you this winter through our Community Idea…

Bill could make it easier to pass school bond measures

A needed boost to fix old schools? Or sore losers wanting to change the rules? Those were some of the ways that speakers at a…

How far will the state Supreme Court go on McCleary?

As the Washington Legislature gets back to work, the big question is what, if anything, it will do to appease the state Supreme Court, which ruled in…

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…

Language tutoring, sports grants, lego robots & other volunteer school programs you should know about

What happens to students when families and teachers need extra help and resources are tight? As part of our Community Idea Lab, focusing this winter…

How can we make K-12 education more student-focused, personalized and community-rooted? We’re giving you an extension!

How can we make K-12 education more student-focused, personalized and community-rooted? Exciting news, nerds. We’ve heard from you that you want more time to submit…

Some lucky Northwest schools have a case of the blues

Of all the time Annette Taborn has spent conducting the Northwest Blues in Schools program, there is one particular afternoon that stands out in her…

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…

How Seattle-area students would remake their schools

Everyone agrees that schools need our support, now more than ever. But what challenges should be at the top of the civic To Do list?…

What parents would change about their kids’ public schools

More money. That’s what Yarek Rivers would like to see change in Seattle Public Schools. “It’s a paramount duty according to the court and the…

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…

How the sales tax is failing Washington’s schools

As the Legislature continues its search for revenues to fund basic education, it might consider extending the sales tax to currently exempt services. Numerous personal…

Class size initiative pulls ahead in latest vote count

Initiative 1351, which would shrink K-12 class sizes at public schools across the state, has crept from a tiny deficit to a small lead, tallying…

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…

King County’s daycare dilemma

When Jacqueline Miller moved cross-country from New York to Seattle earlier this year, she figured that finding child care was the least of her worries.…

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…

Eastside Pathways tackles education reform in Bellevue

When the late Bill Henningsgaard saw a presentation about student demographics in his city, one number lodged in his head: 70 percent of the students…

Pushing Legislature on McCleary? Supreme Court considers nuclear option

There are the "going nuclear"  options. And there's the "trust us" scenario. Washington's Supreme Court quizzed attorneys Wednesday about the best ways for the court…

Education of Washington’s students should come before corporate welfare

On Wednesday, the Washington State Supreme Court will face off with the Legislature over fully funding public education under the 2012 McCleary decision. As the…

Student Voices: Speaking out on the issues they care most about

Statistics tell us that today's job market is tough for 20-somethings, unless they happen to be code cowgirls (or boys). As part of our ongoing…