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Tag: Tacoma schools

Oct.
8th

For Tacoma school board: Ushka-Hall, Miller

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

The races for Tacoma school board won’t be decided for another month, yet there’s already been an upset.

In the August primary, retired schoolteacher and principal Connie Rickman lost her bid for a second six-year term. Rickman, a supporter of ousted schools superintendent Charlie Milligan, faced some formidable challengers.

One of them, Catherine Ushka-Hall, is headed to the general election’s runoff for Position 2.

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Sep.
14th

A dose of brutal honesty for Tacoma schools

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

The bad news about the Tacoma School District is, by now, old news.

The state’s second largest school district has lower than average student test scores, a higher than average high school dropout rate and a lower than average college enrollment rate.

One big reason why is the so-called achievement gap. When minority and low-income students represent more than half of the district’s enrollment, their classroom struggles loom large.

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Sep.
14th

Tuesday’s editorials: Life after Russell, reforming Tacoma schools

The team of civic and business leaders that worked so hard to keep Russell in Tacoma looks eminently capable of turning last week’s big loss into opportunity.

The bad news about the Tacoma School District is, by now, old news. It has lower than average student test scores, a higher than average high school dropout rate and a lower than average college enrollment rate. A new report offers brutal assessments why.

If you have comments or questions about these topics, please email them to patrick.ocallahan@thenewstribune.com. Editorials represent the consensus view of The News Tribune’s editorial board.

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