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Tag: Peninsula School District

Aug.
30th

Peninsula teacher, district failed a bullied boy


Students haze another student while a teacher is in the room at Kopachuck Middle School In February. (Frame grab from video provided by Peninsula School District)

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

What happened to an eighth-grader in the Peninsula School District Feb. 2 wasn’t – as teacher his teacher described it – “horseplay.” If the mobile phone videos aren’t taking the episode out of context, it’s more like cruel bullying, verging on child abuse.

The boy is dragged around a classroom, then held down under chairs and taunted by at least a dozen other bigger students at Kopachuck Middle School. His socks are stripped off. One is stuffed in his mouth and a pillow placed over his face. Read more »

May
14th

Peninsula’s not sabotaging Race to the Top

The Peninsula school people are on board with Race to the Top, they want us to know.

Gov. Chris Gregoire came by yesterday to ask for help appealing to local school districts to endorse the state’s application for $250 million in Race to the Top money. That would be Washington’s share of a $4 billion-plus pool the Department of Education is awarding to states that are serious about school reform.

We saw no reason not to help. Our editorial.

The governor cited some South Sound districts – Peninsula among them – that hadn’t signed on. But Peninsula Superintendent Terry

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