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Stories about education focused on the Pacific Northwest, with many from KPLU's Education reporter, Charla Bear.

Stories about education focused on the Pacific Northwest, with many from KPLU's Education reporter, Charla Bear.
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Tacoma, WA


Stories about education focused on the Pacific Northwest, with many from KPLU's Education reporter, Charla Bear.






12180 Park Ave S. Tacoma, WA 98447 253-535-7758


50 Years Of Activism, Education Highlight Seattle Central College's History

Sheila Edwards Lange, the current president of Seattle Central College, stares out her fourth-floor office window at a changing city. From this building on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, she can see the Space Needle, Key Arena, Puget Sound and some mountains off in the distance. But she can also see cranes – symbols of a booming city and all the change that brings with it.

Duration: 00:05:48

At Tacoma's University Of Puget Sound, A 'Freshman President' Gets To Work

Freshman move-in day at Tacoma’s University of Puget Sound looks like you might expect. Parents study maps under old, shady trees on this 128-year-old campus. Students wear their new keys on lanyards around their necks as they carry bags, pillows and blankets across bright green lawns toward their new dorms. There are hugs, greetings, introductions and a little crying, stifled and otherwise.

Duration: 00:05:53

Seattle Public Schools Switch Up Start Times — And Teens Get To Sleep In

Back to school is a time of transitions for families. But for students in Seattle Public Schools, this fall marks a major change for those trying to get their kids out the door each morning. This school year, the start times will finally align with kids’ circadian rhythms.

Duration: 00:01:59

New UW Program Aiming For Better Outcomes For Native American Students

Native American dropout rates are nearly twice the national average. A new certificate program at the University of Washington aims to improve outcomes for Native American students, by teaching educators better ways to connect with them and their heritage. The courses are designed to help teachers learn how to cultivate more meaningful and effective relationships with Native American students. Part of this is through what’s called community-based teaching, which emphasizes connections with...

Camp Becomes Safe Place For Children With Parent Behind Bars

Growing up and finding ways to fit in can be hard for any kid, but it gets tougher when your mom or dad, sometimes both, are behind bars. Children who...

Duration: 00:08:04

Washington's Prepaid Tuition Program Has Received More Than 15,000 Refund Requests Since Last Fall

When Washington state’s legislature voted to reduce college tuition last year, it presented some families with a dilemma because they had bought into...

Duration: 00:01:34

Fired Tacoma School Employee Wants His Job Back

The man accused of neglecting to properly monitor lead levels in Tacoma Public Schools says he wants his job back and his name cleared. Ken Wilson was...

Duration: 00:01:07

Green River College Faculty On Strike Over Proposed Cuts

Faculty members at Green River College, which has campuses in Auburn, Kent and Enumclaw, are on strike through Wednesday protesting proposed cuts to 11...

Duration: 00:01:28

Obama’s Sister To Present Scholarship On Mercer Island

Here’s something you might not know: President Barack Obama’s mother graduated from Mercer Island High School. Obama’s sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, is in...

Duration: 00:01:50

International Baccalaureate Program At Rainier Beach H.S. Gets Funded For The Next 3 Years

A program credited with lifting the graduation rate and boosting student enrollment at Seattle’s Rainier Beach High School was going to be cut because...

Duration: 00:01:51

The Seattle School District Is Reviewing Its Language Immersion Programs

Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish: These are the languages hundreds of students are learning in the Seattle School District. But funding is tight, which...

Duration: 00:01:53

Elevated Lead Levels Found In 4 Additional Buildings In Tacoma School District

The Tacoma School District says tests from last year reveal that three additional elementary schools and one other building that houses a Head Start...

Duration: 00:01:28

A New Film Explores The Challenges Of Raising Kids In A Digital World

Several years ago Delaney Ruston, a doctor who specializes in internal medicine, started to notice that most of the kids coming into her office were...

Duration: 00:01:57

High Lead Levels Found In Water At 2 Tacoma Elementary Schools

Drinking fountains are now off limits at two elementary schools in Tacoma after tests revealed high levels of lead in the water. District officials had...

Duration: 00:01:04

Seattle U Degree Blends Liberal Arts and Digital Skills

Adults who are thinking about going back to college have more to ponder than whether the time and money they’ve already invested will count toward a...

Duration: 00:01:36

Pacific Boy Saves Grandmother And Receives '9-1-1 Hero' Award

It can be hard to know when to call 9-1-1. And once you're on the line, it can be even harder to stay calm, cool and collected. Eight-year-old Austin...

Duration: 00:02:13

Before- And After-School Childcare Being Squeezed Out Of Seattle Public Schools

Space is tight and you will probably have to find a new home. This is the message the Seattle School District is sending to the before- and after...

Duration: 00:01:54

UW, Bellevue College Students Travel Through The South On A Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Race has been front and center in this year’s presidential election. This week, University of Washington and Bellevue College students are gaining a dee...

Duration: 00:02:01

There Are More Than 35,000 Homeless K-12 Students In Washington State

There are more than 35,000 public school students who are homeless in Washington state. That’s according to the state Office of Public Instruction.

Duration: 00:01:16

Still Waiting For McCleary Funding, School Districts Ask Voters To Pass Levies

From the Methow Valley to Seattle and everywhere in between, school districts will be going directly to voters on February 9 to ask them to say “yes” t...

Duration: 00:01:34

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