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Archives: April 2013


Open Course Library project helps college students save money

Students at many of Washington state’s community and technical colleges will have more access to low-cost or entirely free textbooks and class materials, following completion of a project known as the Open Course Library (OCL).
Launched in 2011, the OCL project is a collection of online materials – everything from course activities to readings and assessments – developed by teams of educators from the state’s community and technical colleges. The courses include digital textbooks that are either free or cost no more than $30 – offering the potential for big savings for students.

Read more in Wednesday’s News

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You can comment on Native American education program

Parents, students and community members are encouraged to attend a public forum to learn more about Clover Park School District’s Native American Education program.

The forum will be held Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Woodbrook Middle School cafeteria, 14920 Spring Street in Lakewood.

The proposal is designed to meet the special education and cultural needs of Native American children living in Lakewood.

For more information, contact Angelina Nockai, Native American education specialist, at 253-583-5156 or anockai@cloverpark.k12.wa.us.


New statewide teachers union president is from Everett

Everett teacher Kim Mead was elected president of the 82,000-member Washington Education Association, which represents K-12 teachers, education support professionals and higher education faculty members.

Bellevue teacher Stephen Miller was elected vice president.

WEA delegates voted over the weekend at the association’s Representative Assembly, held in Bellevue.

Mead and Miller will take office in July and will serve two-year terms. Current WEA President Mary Lindquist and Vice President Mike Ragan are wrapping up their third two-year terms, the most allowed under WEA rules.

In a news release, Mead said, “I am humbled to be the next elected leader of the

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Help send kids to college with your cash

The College Success Foundation will host a fundraising luncheon at noon Tuesday May 14 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, 1500 Broadway. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

Samuel H. Smith, president emeritus of Washington State University is the special guest, and KING-5 news anchor and Tacoma native Joyce Taylor is the emcee for “Empowering Youth Tacoma.”

Advance reservations are $100, and organizers ask that you RSVP and register by May 6 online at collegesuccessfoundation.org.

Money raised at the luncheon will help low-income, underrepresented students to overcome barriers and earn a college degree. The Issaquah-based College Success Foundation

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Rx for kids: Reading

Pediatric residents and medical students across the nation are promoting reading this week as part of a program sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) student section.

The week will feature activities to encourage pediatricians, parents and caregivers to talk about the importance of reading.

April 29: Social Media Monday: Pediatric residents are encouraged to post about their favorite childhood book on social media sites.
April 30: Turn off the TV and Read Day: Families are encouraged to take a break from screens and read a book.
May 1: Read-A-Thon: Patients will be encouraged to read while

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Teachers union exploring ballot initiatives

This news release is out today from the Washington Education Association…

Delegates to the Washington Education Association’s annual convention have overwhelmingly approved a resolution that calls for WEA to “explore pursuing an initiative to the voters to lower class size and/or enhance educator compensation, with a preliminary report to the WEA Board of Directors in June 2013.”

More than 1,000 school employees from across the state voted on the measure at the WEA’s annual convention in Bellevue.

Washington’s public school students are packed into the fourth-most-overcrowded classrooms in the country. The Legislature has failed to fund voter-approved educator cost-of living

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Tacoma School Board fulfills bond campaign promise

The Tacoma School Board delivered Thursday night on a promise made to voters during the February bond campaign for new schools.

During the campaign, school district officials offered voters an incentive to cast their ballots in favor of the $500 million bond package, designed to finance 14 new and remodeled schools along with smaller projects throughout the district.

Voter approval of the bond would temporarily lower tax rates, district officials said. That’s because they promised to erase an estimated $70 million in tax collections still due from a six-year capital levy approved in 2010. They said they would instead finance

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