News, analysis, and opinion about K-12 education in Washington
Student Achievement Students' Grades May Not Signal Actual Achievement, Study Cautions
Higher grades may give the false impression that students don't need extra academic support.
Education Funding Do K-12 Students Have a Right to Well-Funded School Buildings?
The answer in a recent state court case wasn't exactly a "yes." But it also wasn't a "no." Here's what could happen next.
Budget & Finance School Administrators Are on the Chopping Block as ESSER Winds Down, Enrollment Drops
The expiration of COVID relief funds and enrollment declines are prompting districts to cut administration—even as experts advise caution.
Equity & Diversity The Surprising Thing That Gets Students to Stick With AP Courses
A school in Katy Independent School District in Texas runs an AP Ambassador program that offers AP course mentorship among students.
Equity & Diversity How to Make AP Classes Accessible and Equitable: District Leaders Share Strategies
Various presentations at the College Board's AP annual conference this month touched on equity concerns around the AP program.
Teaching Profession Teachers in 6 States Will Get Raises. More Could Join Them
Lawmakers in 23 states proposed bills to raise teacher salaries, but not all of the policies are straightforward pay bumps.
Student Well-Being What a Superintendent Told U.S. Senators About Student Mental Health
The U.S. Senate HELP committee held a hearing on the youth mental health crisis.
Professional Development Q&A Can AI Do Teacher Observations and Deliver PD? In Some Schools, It Already Does
A school district in Washington state is trying out an artificial-intelligence-powered instructional coach.
Budget & Finance Why a Handful of School Districts Rejected COVID Relief Funds
Some districts thought ESSER funds weren't worth the bureaucratic hurdles. Others had philosophical disagreements.
Student Well-Being How 3 Districts Are Bolstering Their School-Based Mental Health Services
A federal grant program is giving school districts opportunities to expand mental health services.
Equity & Diversity This Principal Uses Her Experience as the Child of Farmworkers to Support Students
Raquel Martinez, a middle school principal in Washington state, ensures parents and students know their culture and language are valued.
Student Well-Being Seattle District Sues Social Media Companies Over Students' Mental Health
The district says it has had to hire additional mental health professionals to meet students' growing mental health needs.
Law & Courts A Teacher Argued His MAGA Hat Was Protected Speech. Here's What a Federal Appeals Court Said
Did a principal violate a teacher's rights when she told him not to bring his Donald Trump-inspired hat to a racial-sensitivity training?
Equity & Diversity Q&A Talking About Religion Is Hard. This District Leader Says Schools Should Do It Anyway
The Bellevue, Wash., district leader emphasizes that students need to be prepared to navigate a multicultural world.