RENTON—The results of this year's Washington Assessment of Student Learning show on paper a problem the superintendent of public instruction says has been torturing her for a long time: Only about half of the state's students have mastered mathematics.
A bright spot: students in minority groups are closing the achievement gap in writing and reading, but they, too, are not making much progress in math.
Filming is set to begin next month on a movie about the anti-globalization protests that erupted in Seattle in 1999.
"Battle in Seattle" was written and will be directed by Irish actor Stuart Townsend, who has cast girlfriend and Academy Award winner Charlize Theron as a pregnant bystander who loses her baby in the WTO riots.
"It's going to be the next 'Sleepless in Seattle,' " said James Keblas, head of Seattle City Hall's film office. "Once you capture a star like Charlize Theron, you are instantly a big picture."
A federal mediator helped to negotiate a tentative settlement to end a strike against a major garbage hauler after union leaders threatened a much larger walkout Monday, a company spokesman said.
Picket lines came down Monday morning, garbage trucks were rolling again, and Dan Scott, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 174, said 35 to 45 mechanics employed by Waste Management Inc. of Houston would vote on ratification at a meeting Tuesday night.
Macceo Pettis discusses concepts of nonviolent resistance with Ashley Sider Sept. 12 at a Northwest Interfaith Peace Gathering at Alberta Park. After inspirational speeches reflecting on the works of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., attendees broke into groups of two to discuss solving problems in a nonviolent way.
A multimedia video production training center is being developed at The Skanner Newsgroup's North Portland offices.
The Skanner Newsgroup is partnering with The Skanner Foundation, the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission and Portland Community Media to create the production center.
The center was conceived to address the lack of equipment access and training opportunities in North and Northeast Portland neighborhoods and will help to balance the disparities found in every African American community in the United States.
African American Academy Assistant Principal Henterson Carlisle, left background, and the Rev. Harvey Drake, right background, talk with members of the African American Veterans Group of Washington State on Sept. 6, the first day of school, about the possibility of the vets doing volunteer work at the academy.
Patrons of the Madrona-Sally Goldmark branch library will be able to see how the new interior may look following renovation during an open house on Wednesday, Sept. 20.
Designers from Heliotrope Architects and Justine Kim, library project manager, will explain the design during the open house from 4 to 7 p.m. at the branch, 1134 33rd Ave. Library patrons can stop by any time during the open house to view the design, ask questions and fill out comments.
The ninth annual Alberta Street Fair, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, brings the community what only Alberta Street can provide: fantastic artful creations of every sort, phantasmagorical creatures in a parade and fabulous food.
Also included in the fair, which runs along Northeast Alberta Street from 11th to 31st avenues, are kid's activities, including a dunk tank, a horse-drawn trolley, street performers and plenty of crafts to make from recycled materials.