Learning Curve

NOTICE: Learning Curve has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Learning Curve.
Visit the new section.

Archives: July 2013


Meet finalists for Steilacoom High principal’s job

You can meet finalist candidates for the position of Steilacoom High School Principal in a community forum set for 7 p.m. Tuesday July 23 at the high school theater.

Interviews are scheduled for Monday, July 22  and finalists will be chosen from this group of
Steilacoom High School is located at 54 Sentinel Drive, Steilacoom, WA.


Oregonian: Records expose Rudy Crew’s spending habits

Rudy Crew was Tacoma’s school superintendent for a few years in the 1990s before departing for a job as head of the New York City school system.

The Oregonian writes about public records that show how, during his recent year as Oregon’s chief education officer, he billed the state for personal travel expenses and tried to get the state to pay for perks such as first-class plane tickets.

Click here to read the Oregonian story.



State funds will help fund new and remodeled Pierce County schools

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn today announced the release of more than $185 million in capital construction money to school districts throughout the state. The funding includes:

* Tacoma School District: Washington Elementary School project:  $4.7 million

* Clover Park School District, Lakewood: Clarkmoor Elementary School, $6. 9 million;  Greenwood Elementary School, $6.4 million; Harrison Prep/Oakwood/Southgate replacement project: $26.8 million.




Corban University names new president

Sheldon C. Nord became the tenth president of Corban University this month, succeeding  Reno Hoff, who served from 1999 to 2013.

Corban is based in Salem, Ore. but also has a campus in Tacoma. It is an independent Christian university with more than 50 majors and programs of study including professional, liberal arts, and ministry.

Nord served as Vice President of Admissions at Corban, 1990-93 and as a member of the Board of Trustees, 2001-2011.

His education includes a B.S. in social science from Corban,  a master’s degree in college student services administration from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in

Read more »


Charter school rules hearing coming to Tacoma

The public is invited to comment on rules being proposed by the body that will oversee charter schools in Washington state.

A public hearing of the state Charter School Commission was held earlier this month in Spokane, and a second hearing will take place in Tacoma. That hearing is set for 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. July 30 in the Tacoma Public Schools Central Administration Building, 601 S. Eighth Street.

The commission will also be holding a day-long meeting in Tacoma that day. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the same location.


Read more »


State board freezes community college tuition

For the first time since 1989, tuition at Washington’s two-year colleges will remain flat, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges announced today.

The freeze applies to both resident and nonresident students, the board’s announcement said. Tuition will remain $4,000 per year for resident students and $9,235 for nonresident students in the 2013-2014 academic year.

“This is an historic event and a great day for our students,” State Board Chair Beth Willis said in a news release.  “We appreciate the Legislature’s decision to provide enough state funding for community and technical colleges to freeze tuition.  The state’s investment will

Read more »


NEW DATE: Health sciences center opening at Clover Park Tech

UPDATE: The grand opening ceremony has been rescheduled due to some construction delays. The new grand opening is set for 2 p.m. Sept. 20


Students at Clover Park Technical College  will soon be learning in a new 55,000-square-foot Health Sciences Facility.

The Lakewood college will host a grand opening ceremony on July 16.

The building is CPTC’s first attempt at LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design)  certification and is designed to meet LEED Silver Standards. It will feature a medicinal herb garden and solar panels on the outside, but will also house leading edge tools and technology

Read more »


KBTC wins regional Emmy Award

For the sixth consecutive year, TV station KBTC, a service of Bates Technical College, has won an Emmy Award from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Tom Layson, producer and host of KBTC’s Northwest Now, a weekly, locally-produced public affairs program, accepted the statuette at the awards ceremony last month.

Winning in the category of Public/Current/Community Affairs-Program/Special, Northwest Now’s episode “I Do” takes on the gay marriage debate, and features studio guests Joshua Friedes, director of Marriage Equality, Equal Rights Washington, and Joseph Backholm, director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington. This episode also

Read more »