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Whittier Elementary Adopts No Homework Policy
Whittier Elementary digs deep into what science says about homework and rolls out a new "no-homework" policy.
On-site child care programs cut at Seattle schools
Schools already bursting at the seams will need to make more classrooms available as SPS starts to lower class sizes to 17 students per teacher from kindergarten through third grade, which will be required by the state in 2018.
SPS will vote this week whether to maintain a partnership with the Alliance for Education
Will Seattle Public Schools continue a twenty-year relationship with the nonprofit?
Washington Parents in a Fight For Fair Funding
There’s a grassroots, parent-led campaign taking off to fund public education in Washington.
Charter school families and students fight to keep the doors open
Seattle-area parents parents are willing to fight to keep charter schools open.
Teacher Tom gives kids a healthy dose of outdoor play
To this Woodland Park Cooperative School teacher, play, particularly outdoor, unstructured play, is a fundamentally important part of education.
A desire to give back launches a popular Seattle science, art and tech program for underserved kids
STEM Paths Innovation Network, or SPIN, hopes to create a more equitable playing field in the digital realm for low-income kids and kids of color.
Foster Grandparents provide old-school care for kids around King County
The Foster Grandparents Program has grandparents in 20 schools and community centers in King County alone.
Are babies a cure for bullying? This new program in Seattle schools thinks it's possible
A recently imported program from Canada is tapping babies’ power to teach empathy and curb bullying in kids in 85 schools in the greater Seattle area.
Seattle kids respectfully disagree in debate classes with local program DebateAble
Fourth- and fifth-graders might have something to teach adults about how to handle differing opinions.
Problem with your child’s school? Ask the education ombudsman
Got a problem with your child's school and can't seem to work it out with the teacher or principal? Check in with Adie Simmons, head of the Office of the Education Ombudsman
A new downtown school
Seattle Public Schools has built its brand around encouraging neighborhood schools — but it's been 65 years since residents of the downtown core have had one to call their own
Don’t think you can afford private school?
Kathleen Wareham offers guidance on choosing private school
An even higher level of play
An Edmonds family knows that both the costs and the payoffs can be sky-high
Get help right away if your child is falling behind
Developmental milestones are tricky. There’s a sequence children go through as they learn skills, but they’re all on their own timetables.
Here’s a simple equation; Elementary students + their families + an evening of games and prizes = FUN!
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