A U.S. Senate committee advanced a bill to re-write the federal No Child Left Behind Act this week, raising hopes that Congress may finally take action to officially scrap the law's tough, but outdated systems for holding schools across the nation accountable for students' success.
The proposed "Every Child Achieves Act" shifts a lot of federal powers to education officials at the state level. Though national mandates to give students standardized tests every year would remain in place, states could decide for themselves how to use test results to rate schools and determine whether students are on-track for success in college or a career.
Leaders of eight local teachers unions announced plans Friday to hold "one-day strikes" beginning next week in hopes to express frustrations with the progress of state budget talks in Olympia.
Teachers in the Arlington, Lakewood and Stanwood-Camano districts will walk out on Wednesday, April 22, according to a press release from the Washington Education Association. On Friday, April 24, Ferndale and Bellingham teachers will do the same.
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitiriou's Jazz Alley welcomes Seattle Gypsy Jazz favorites, Pearl Django, for their CD Release Party! Band members are Troy Chapman (guitar) Ryan Hoffman (guitar), David Lange (accordion), Michael Gray (violin), and Rick Leppanen (bass).
- Gipsy Kings Featuring Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo
- @ Chateau Ste Michelle Chateau Amphitheatre
- Friday, August 28th at 7:00 p.m.
- True Story with James Franco and Jonah Hill
- 2 Passes To A Screening
- @ Seattle Area Theaters
When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) –who has taken on Finkel’s identity – his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat-and-mouse. Based on actual events, Finkel’s relentless pursuit of Longo’s true story encompasses murder, love, deceit and redemption.
The food industry regularly turns to a small group of scientists — including several with ties to Big Tobacco — to determine whether additives they're adding to food products are safe.
The notion of amending the Constitution this way has been discussed, literally for decades.
Oklahoma is the first state to approve such a method. It would involve placing a mask over an inmate's face and supplying pure nitrogen instead of air. The condemned person slowly asphyxiates from lack of oxygen.
Over the next 18 months, the bank plans to provide Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea $650 million in recovery assistance, mostly in the form of grants.
That's not all. Schler, race organizers say, also faked her third-place finish at last year's race – with a time that allowed her to qualify for the prestigious Boston Marathon this year.
St. Louis marathon officials stripped Schler of her title, voided last year's time and banned her from future Go! St. Louis events.
"Time to get a new lock," he says.
Over the weekend, a person or persons smashed into his office, found the keys to the school van and drove off in it.
It's another day at Crescent Leadership Academy, one of New Orleans' three second-chance schools for students who have not been successful elsewhere.
The students at CLA range from ages 12 to 21. Nearly all are from poor families. More than half end up here after getting expelled from the city's charter schools, mostly for fighting, weapons or drugs.
Don Quayle gave me my first radio job. It was the early '60s and he was head of the Educational Radio Network — the precursor of NPR — a skinny little network of 12 East Coast stations that developed a daily drive-time news show. He hired me to help produce it. When this national network arose, he was an obvious choice to run it.
Don was principled, decent and astute.
And if you don't fuel up enough? You may hit the wall during the big event, which, believe me, is pretty miserable.
The wall comes on abruptly. Suddenly your legs feel like lead.
One of the most stunning places to see its impact is at the nation's largest reservoir, Lake Mead, near Las Vegas. At about 40 percent of capacity, it's the lowest it's been since it was built in the 1930s.
"Just to see the rings around it, it's just ... kind of scary, you know," says Darlene Paige, a visitor from New York.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, agreement would bring together the economies of the U.S., Japan, Australia, and nine other Pacific Rim nations, allowing the free trade of everything from agriculture to automobiles and textiles to pharmaceuticals.
President Obama said Friday that the deal is critical for the American market.
"Ninety-five percent of the world's markets are outside our borders.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says the number of displaced persons in Yemen is estimated at between 120,000 and 150,000.