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PHOTOS: Elizabeth Warren Rallies in Seattle

Washington state’s primary is Tuesday, March 10; voters should have received their ballots by Thursday, Feb. 27

Support for Black Reparations Grows in Congress

The Commission to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African-Americans Act now has 125 cosponsors

Shifting Demographics Drive GOP Nosedive on US West Coast

Political districts have flipped in population centers, from San Diego in the south to Seattle in the north

'A World of Hurt': 39 States to Investigate JUUL's Marketing

Oregon is one of five states leading a bipartisan coalition looking into JUUL’s targeting of youth vaping


Washington’s March 10 Presidential Primary Ballots Mailed to Voters

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State and Federal Agencies Aid Sunken Tugboat in Columbia River

Divers plugged fuel vents this afternoon and the vessel is not actively leaking ...

Multnomah County Promotes Voter Education Project

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New Travel Ban Takes Effect, National Groups Respond

The expansion of the Muslim ban targets more Black immigrants ...

Harris, Booker Applaud House For Announcing Vote on Anti-Lynching Legislation

After passing the House, the bill will head to the president’s desk to be signed into law ...

Missing fisherman found dead in Newport Bay

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Suburban Seattle high school closed over new virus concerns

BOTHELL, Wash. (AP) — A suburban Seattle high school was closed Thursday after a staffer's family member was placed in quarantine for showing symptoms of possibly contracting the new virus that started in China - an action health officials say is unnecessary.Bothell High school, bout 20...

Former AD, All-American center Dick Tamburo dies at 90

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dick Tamburo, an athletic director at three major schools and an All-American center at Michigan State, has died. He was 90.Michigan State announced that Tamburo died Monday.A native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Tamburo served as the athletic director at Texas...


Black America is Facing a Housing Crisis

As the cost of housing soars the homeless population jumps 12 percent, the number of people renting grows and homeownership falls ...

Trump Expands Muslim Ban to Target Africans

Under the new ban on countries, four out of five people who will be excluded are Africans ...

Martin Luther King Day is an Opportunity for Service

Find out where you can volunteer and make a difference to the community ...

Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

Ronald Reagan, who turned his back on organized labor and started America’s middle-class into a tailspin, has recently been voted by this administration’s NLRB into the Labor Hall of Fame ...


Top nominee Polanski to skip French Oscars after rape claim

PARIS (AP) — Filmmaker Roman Polanski is skipping the awards ceremony for France's equivalent of the Oscars — where his latest movie leads this year's nominations — because of protests prompted by a new rape accusation against him.Women's rights activists have called for a...

MLB appoints 1st black umpire crew chief

NEW YORK (AP) — Kerwin Danley became the first African American umpire crew chief in Major League Baseball when a series of promotions, additions and retirements were announced Thursday.The moves included Alfonso Marquez being elevated to the first Hispanic crew chief in MLB history born...

Kosovo offers to ease tariff on neighboring Serbia's goods

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's new prime minister said Thursday his government will partially lift a 100% tariff imposed on Serbian goods, in a goodwill move aimed to help restart suspended talks with Serbia on normalizing relations.Albin Kurti said the measure would come into effect from...


Kids shine as Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' goes big

NEW YORK (AP) — The cast of “To Kill a Mockingbird” ditched its somber Broadway home Wednesday for the cavernous Madison Square Garden, performing the play for 18,000 school kids in an electric one-time-only performance that one actor called “primal.”It marks the...

Higdon opera for Philadelphia to have 3 different endings

Jennifer Higdon has been commissioned by Opera Philadelphia to compose "Woman with Eyes Closed," which will open the company's O20 Festival on Sept. 17 and in a novel twist will feature three different endings.Higdon, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music and a three-time Grammy Award winner,...

A rebel yell: Billy Idol stars in New York anti-idling ads

NEW YORK (AP) — Rocker Billy Idol is the face of an anti-idling campaign launched Thursday in New York City.“Billy never idles, so why should you?” the '80s MTV star growls in a public service announcement intended to shame New Yorkers into shutting the engine off. The...


Nazi cautionary dramas wade into political, factual disputes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood mustered its creative forces in the 1940s when Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany...

About 40% of US adults are obese, government survey finds

NEW YORK (AP) — About 4 in 10 American adults are obese, and nearly 1 in 10 is severely so, government...

Former Michigan wrestlers urge more victims to 'speak up'

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — The whistleblower whose letter to University of Michigan athletic director Warde...

Putin rejected offer to use body doubles during Chechen war

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had rejected an offer to use body doubles for...

Syrian opposition fighters retake key town, cut highway

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters retook a strategic northwestern town from government...

3,000-strong African force planned against Sahel extremism

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — African leaders have decided to work on deploying 3,000 troops to West...

Donna Gordon Blankenship Associated Press Writer

SEATTLE (AP) -- Fewer Washington schools are failing to help students make adequate yearly progress, but statewide test results show many students continue to struggle to meet state learning goals in reading, writing, math and science.
Results released Tuesday showed fewer fifth graders passed the tests last year, and 10th graders showed a drop in passage rates in every subject except science. Both seventh and eighth graders, however, posted improved pass rates in all subjects.
State schools Superintendent Randy Dorn notes that some of the results are mixed because Washington recently introduced new math standards. He also says state budget cuts eliminated some after school and summer programs so some kids are not getting the help they need to meet state learning requirements.
``We are facing a serious budget crisis in this state, but if we continue to cut education, the progress we've previously made will disappear,'' Dorn said. ``The state's paramount constitutional duty is to fund education, and as long as I'm in this job, I'll remind the governor and the Legislature of that every day.''
Preliminary results show 968 schools did not make adequate yearly progress in 2010 -- 332 fewer schools than were on the list in 2009.
The federal standard is measured by state tests and graduation rates. Schools that do not meet improvement goals by subject, grade level and ethnic group are placed on this list, even if they miss only one out of 37 possible goals.
Every state that receives federal education money is required to release this list each August, because of requirements in the federal No Child Left Behind law. Schools and districts on the list are required to notify parents of their status at the start of the school year, which is this week or next in most Washington districts.
Schools and districts that fail to make adequate yearly progress two years in a row are put on the state's ``needs improvement'' list. The longer a school or district is on this list, the more stringent the requirements become.
A total of 1,129 schools are on the improvement list and so are 110 districts.
This past school year was the first time a new, shorter test was given and the first time some middle school students took the test on a computer.
Education officials said they learned a lot from giving the new tests, and at least one lesson was a negative one. The reading test is still too long to give in one testing period and some students struggled to finish it in the time allocated, Dorn said.
Some of the improvement in math and science scores was attributed to the shorter tests, because instead of four days of math and science testing, students are now finishing the two tests in two days. That may prevent burnout and encourage more students to finish, Dorn said.
Dorn again stressed his concern that students won't be ready to meet the new graduation requirements three years from now, when state law requires students to pass both the science and math tests to graduate from high school. Last year, only 42 percent of 10th graders passed math and 45 percent passed science.
Starting next year, high school students will take end-of-course exams in math instead of one math exam in 10th grade. If Dorn gets the Legislature to sign on, starting with the 2014-15 school year, the state will also adopt new national standards and could start working with a new national achievement test.
Dorn said Washington's math standards are similar to the new national math standards and it's about time to rewrite the state's language arts standards so adopting the national ones could actually save time and money.

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