"What country tested a nuclear device the other day?" PBS award-winning talk show host and best-selling author Tavis Smiley asked a group of Seattle high school students. After a student answered correctly — "North Korea" — Smiley pulled out a $20 from his pocket and handed it to the surprised high school senior. "The first thing about being a leader is you have to be aware. In order to be aware, you have to be awake to the world around you," Smiley said.
OLYMPIA—More high school students are graduating and fewer are dropping out, according to a new report released by state education officials.
About 74 percent of students in the Washington class of 2005 graduated within four years, an improvement of about 4 percent over the previous year. Officials said the numbers reflect both an improvement in student retention and a change in the way the state keeps track of dropout rates.
"It's better school systems, better educational opportunities for students and better information systems," said Lisa Ireland, data and research analyst for the state school superintendent's office.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority members Jozette Chambliss, left, Katrina Hunt, Leona Dotson and Chanda Oatis visit the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Delta Upsilon Omega Chapter Exhibit Area in the newly renovated Douglass-Truth Library, during its Grand Re-opening Ceremony on Oct. 14. In 1965, the local chapter of AKA donated books to what was then called the Negro Life and History Collection. The chapter holds an annual Library Tea to raise funds for the collection — now called the African American Literature Collection — that has grown to contain close to 9,200 items.
SPOKANE—A settlement has been reached in a discrimination lawsuit by Hispanics against a small north-central Washington school district, and a lawyer said only the amount of damages remains to be determined.
Both sides have signed a sweeping consent order that requires a number of steps to prevent discrimination in the combined junior-senior high school in Brewster, north of Wenatchee, said Darrell L. Cochran of Tacoma, who brought the case about a year ago.
Former police Chief Derrick Foxworth has filed a notice of intent to sue the city, claiming he was unfairly demoted and reprimanded because he's a Black man who was in a relationship with a White woman.
Foxworth — who now holds the rank of commander — also claims that city officials were aware of his relationship with the police clerk, which occurred earlier in his career.
For those looking to ease into careers as registered nurses, Legacy Health System offers several internship programs geared towards helping students make a smooth transition from academia to the real world of patient care.
The next acute care and perioperative nurse internship programs will begin next January. Applications and all supplemental application materials will be accepted until Oct. 25. Interviews will be held in November and December.
A recent study on wages in Oregon again confirms what has been the case for too long: People of color in Oregon and the rest of the Pacific Northwest consistently lag behind Whites in the wages they earn for full-time work.
The study — "Living Wage Jobs in the Current Economy: 2006 Oregon Job Gap" — carried out by the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations, found that people of color in Oregon are far less likely than Whites to earn a living wage at their full-time job. A "living wage," according to the report, is based upon the average costs of food, housing, transportation, health care, child care, utilities, taxes and a small amount of savings. "Even as economic reports herald a strong and growing economy," the report states, "this prosperity continues to be a false promise for many families, for whom living wage work remains out of reach. In the Northwest and around the nation, many people — particularly people of color — are finding that working full time does not provide a sufficient salary to meet their basic needs."