News Links | January 9, 2018
System News | Opinion
No, the Washington state Legislature has not fully funded education. Yes, it will
be the focus of yet another legislative session since the state Supreme Court ruled
in favor of McCleary in the 2012 McCleary v. Washington lawsuit. Several Eastside
legislators discussed how to fund the mandate at the annual East King County Chambers
of Commerce Legislative Coalition breakfast held at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency Thursday
morning. ... Rep. Roger Goodman (D-District 45) said the Legislature should not forget
about “workforce readiness institutions,” such as Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Bellevue College and Cascadia College, and what those schools need. Senn pointed out passing a capital budget would provide
funding to many projects within community and state colleges. In addition, the capital
budget would allow the state to start a grant program for schools in need of Career
and Technical Education (CTE) equipment. Some examples for use of this funding is
Bellevue School District’s need for automotive equipment and Issaquah’s request for
a synthetic cadaver.
Bellevue Reporter, Jan. 8, 2018
Big Bend Community College honored 10 of its own Thursday, celebrating both individual hard work and persistence
against adversity as well as the college’s willingness and ability to help those who
need help. ... Honored at the banquet were: Francisco Gomez-Rios, Tina Kihn-Thomas,
Plasido Lindsey, Zenaida Lopez, Francisco Marmolejo, Erika Martinez, Erika Navarro,
Leonardo Paxtian-Ramirez, MaKinZee Rhodes and Michell Valdivia, all of whom overcame
tremendous obstacles — including homelessness, violence, and addiction — and worked
very hard to get into BBCC and complete their educations.
Columbia Basin Herald, Jan. 8, 2018
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is passionate about helping every person achieve their educational goals,
regardless of their past educational background. The opening of SPSCC’s new Center
for Transition Studies is one way they are stepping out of the box of traditional
college formatting to affirm their dedication to students that normally are overlooked.
Thurston Talk, Jan. 8, 2018
Unemployment in Clark County has been below 5 percent for the last seven months, according
to the state Employment Security Department. And many new jobs are arriving to Clark
County. The job growth rate here outstrips the Vancouver-Portland metropolitan area,
as well as Washington, Oregon and the U.S. average. ... Regional labor economist Scott
Bailey, who tracks the economies of Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties, said that
the data should be not treated as gospel. Career advisers, offered by both Clark College and Lower Columbia College, should be consulted by anyone who is considering setting out on a career path, he
The Columbian, Jan. 7, 2018
The Washington Legislature will pick up Monday pretty much where it left off when
last year’s record 193-day session ended. It’s not unusual for lawmakers to use the
shorter 60-day sessions that follow budget years to tie up loose ends. But this session’s
ends are looser than usual, and there are more of them. Along with typical legislative
business, lawmakers will have work ahead to meet a deadline for their solution for
the state K-12 education funding crisis and complete unfinished work to pass a state
capital budget and resolve a water rights issue that blocked that budget. ... Separate
from the larger and broader operating budget, the capital budget outlines spending
for construction and other public projects spread throughout the state’s 39 counties.
The $4 billion capital budget that failed to pass last year included several projects
in Snohomish County, including funds to build or improve schools; community, teen
and senior centers; as well as a $37.8 million STEM building at Edmonds Community College.
Everett Herald, Jan. 7, 2018
In an era where diversity is increasingly promoted, the city of Vancouver’s workforce
remains disproportionately male and white, according to a Columbian analysis of city
employment data. ... City Manager Eric Holmes acknowledges the problem and vows to
do better, but attributes the gender divide to the available candidate pool. ... Clark College acknowledged the similar task at hand about three years ago. College leadership made
the decision to place a focus on equitable hiring and diversity. The initiative was
headlined by the hiring of Dolly England, the college’s diversity outreach manager.
Since she started, faculty and staff diversity has increased 2 percentage points from
15 percent to 17 percent.
The Columbian, Jan. 7, 2018
Bellevue College helps fill need for tech job education. [The tech industry] is still booming in Washington,
and many people are learning new skills to help them ride this wave, which is very
important. Joining us now this morning to talk more about this new trend is Al Lewis
and Jodi Laughlin, both with Bellevue College.
KING 5, Jan. 6, 2018
Math is one of Ben Mayo’s favorite subjects. He teaches math at Yakima Valley College, has written two math books that he uses in class and likes working through math
problems with his students. But it’s not all about numbers for Mayo, who along with
his degree in math education from Central Washington University also earned a degree
in music from Whitworth University with a minor in religion. And he’s written two
other books, neither of which have anything to do with math. Those books — “What’s
the Difference Between ...? Vol. 1” and “What’s the Difference Between ...? Vol. 2”
— are self-published collections of twisted phrases leading to bad puns, the book
covers note. We’re talking eye-rolling, groan-inducing bad puns.
Yakima Herald, Jan. 6, 2018
Seattle's sugary drink tax is now in effect across the city and leaders of the effort
say it is expected to generate about $15 million in the first year alone. They say
the money generated will go toward food programs for those in need, early learning,
and other education programs. ... Proposed investments ($4,120,639) awaiting review
by CAB in Spring 2018: 13th year Promise Scholarship – Allows local graduating seniors
to attend South Seattle College tuition-free for one year.
KING 5, Jan. 5, 2018
The Lower Columbia College Foundation has named James and Marianne Mitchell as 2017-2018 Benefactors of the
Year. The award recognizes benefactors with a history of providing charitable donations
to the foundation. The couple both graduated from LCC in 1951. Over the past 20 years,
they have given more than $200,000 to the college — including the establishment of
two scholarships. The Jim and Marianne Mitchell Scholarship, established in 2005,
pays full tuition for two business students annually. The Eric James Mitchell Memorial
Endowed Scholarship, established in 2017 in honor of the Mitchell’s grandson, supports
computer science majors.
Longview Daily News, Jan. 5, 2018
An instructor at Everett Community College is looking to spark conversations about how people remember the past, and the way
it shapes identities and relationships today. The project has earned a $90,285 grant
from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The money is to be stretched over
two years to create curriculum and bring in expert speakers. English instructor Steven
Tobias is heading up the work. He hopes to focus in the first year on Northwest Indian
history and culture, slavery in the U.S., and the Holocaust. Second-year topics could
include war in the Middle East, terrorism and global immigration.
Everett Herald, Jan. 5, 2018
When Vannady Keo left his mother’s Kent home after his freshman year of high school
to live with his father in Seattle, he could not have foreseen the importance of the
decision. As a freshman at Kentlake High School, Keo was struggling with depression,
not doing well at school and at odds with his Cambodian-born parents. ... Being in
the nation’s capital, meeting U.S. Senators Patty Murray, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth
Warren, ignited something in Keo. Where once he didn’t consider his future, he now
saw a path. He will be working toward his two-year degree at Seattle Central College come January, with plans to transfer to the University of Washington and eventually
get into politics.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 4, 2018
North central Washington, including Grant and Adams counties, will receive a grant
to improve science and technology education and training. The $855,000 grant is part
of the statewide “Career Connect Washington” initiative. The grant “has two main purposes,”
said Aaron Parrott of the North Central Washington Workforce Development Council.
Some training programs will be aimed at young people, while other training and apprentice
programs will be targeted at adults. All classes will focus on careers in technical
fields, including manufacturing, computer maintenance and medicine. Among the partners
for the grant are Big Bend Community College and the Grant County PUD.
Columbia Basin Herald, Jan. 4, 2018
Trends | Horizons | Education
Tennessee has received numerous accolades for its push over the past few years to
increase college access. But a recent report on the retention and completion rates
of the state’s most vulnerable college students show that access alone isn’t enough
if Tennessee wants to reach its goal for 55 percent of adults to hold a degree or
certificate by 2025. Complete Tennessee, an education advocacy group, found that despite
increases in overall retention rates during the last five years at the state’s public
and private institutions, African-American students at the state’s community colleges
still remain 10 percentage points behind their peers. Likewise, three-year community
college graduation rates remain relatively low, averaging 20 percent in 2016. The
state is ranked 44th in the country in degree attainment, according to the Lumina
Foundation. The group also found that adult enrollment across the state’s colleges
has dropped by 25 percent since 2011.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 9, 2018
Although higher education's doubters are skilled at making bold proclamations about
coming apocalypses, a considerable number of scholars and commentators have developed
middle-of-the-road analyses that acknowledge challenges but remain more optimistic
about colleges' and universities' future prospects. A notable recent example comes
from two economics professors at the College of William & Mary, Robert B. Archibald
and David H. Feldman. They published a book last year, The Road Ahead for America's
Colleges & Universities, that simultaneously raised worries about mounting pressures
on colleges and universities and predicted many four-year institutions can adapt and
appeal to college students long into the future. Their latest work follows their 2011
book, Why Does College Cost So Much? and they have long argued that broad economic
forces, not inefficiency, have driven up college costs.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 9, 2018
Washington could be doing a much better job in its high schools and community colleges
to guide students toward careers that pay well but don’t necessarily require a four-year
college degree. That’s the conclusion of a 78-page report by the state auditor’s office,
which makes specific recommendations for how to improve the state’s system of “career
and technical education,” or CTE. In a growing recognition that not all students need
a four-year college degree to get a good job, the report urges school districts and
the state’s education department to help schools offer classes that teach high-demand
skills, and to make sure students in all parts of the state have access to those classes.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 8, 2018
Yes, everyone in admissions knows that certain groups of students — those who graduate
from good high schools and have parents able to pay a significant share or all of
their tuition and other college expenses — are shrinking in number. And the situation
is more severe in the Northeast and Midwest, where populations are shrinking, than
in other parts of the country. Those demographic realities, known for years, have
led colleges to adjust strategies: new programs to attract adult students. Online
education. More outreach to parts of the country where the population is growing.
Attracting full-pay international students. Some combination of those and other ideas
will work for most institutions, enrollment professionals have said. But what if they
are wrong? What if the demographics are about to get much worse for higher education
than the experts have expected? Optimists and plenty of others in higher education
may be concerned by Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education, in which Nathan
D. Grawe suggests a bleak outlook for most institutions when it comes to attracting
and enrolling students.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 8, 2018
The number of college students enrolled in at least one online course — and the proportion
of all enrolled students who are studying online — continued to rise at U.S. institutions
in the 2016 academic year, newly released federal data show. The statistics, part
of a major release of provisional data on enrollments, employment and other topics
from the Education Department's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, provide
the most up-to-date information on enrollments in online and distance education.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 5, 2018
After a long career advocating for traditional public education, Patrick D’Amelio
recently stepped up to lead the Washington State Charter Schools Association, which
aims to spread the word about this locally untested model. Charters are public schools
funded with state dollars but operated here by private nonprofits, and the longest-running
in Washington has been open only since 2015. D’Amelio’s association bills itself as
dedicated to “systemically underserved students.” But nationally, charters have a
spotty record on that score. Education Lab caught up with D’Amelio over the holiday
break to ask why things would be any different here, and who’s enrolling their children
in charters, despite continuing challenges to their legality and the fact that Seattle’s
school board vigorously opposes their presence.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 5, 2018
Most of the counties in Kansas are offering to pay off up to 20 percent (or up to
$15,000 over five years) of the student debt of new residents who hold college degrees,
according to CNBC. To qualify for the recruitment perk, which the Kansas Department
of Commerce is administering to help give a boost to rural areas, applicants must
have an employer or county "sponsor" that agrees to match half of the repayment. So
far 58 employers are participating. The state has received 3,400 applications, CNBC
reports, with one-third coming from out of state.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 5, 2018
Hello, happy New Year, and welcome to this week’s issue of Teaching. Today, Dan Berrett
talks about the use of emotion in teaching and learning, we look at some research
on the utility of science labs, and we ask how you handle students’ anxiety.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 4, 2018
Politics | Local, State, National
Department of Education officials said Monday that they do not have any estimates
of how many borrowers would clear new, tougher standards proposed for claims of loan
relief when a student is defrauded or misled by their college. The department’s proposed
language would require a student borrower to demonstrate clear and convincing evidence
that their college intended to deceive them or had a reckless disregard for the truth
in making claims about job-placement rates, credit transferability and other outcomes.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 9, 2018
If you're like most Americans, you don't have a 529 college savings plan. If you're
like most Americans, you don't even know what it is. All the more reason to keep reading. That's
because, with the new tax law, Republicans have made important changes to 529 plans
that will affect millions of taxpayers, not just the ones saving for college.
NPR, Jan. 8, 2018
State lawmakers can accomplish only so much in the short time they are scheduled to
convene in Olympia this year. To make the most of the 60-day legislative session that
begins Monday, they must stay laser focused on a handful of key priorities. Chief
among these is continuing work on the McCleary school-funding case. The state Supreme
Court’s November ruling said that although lawmakers came up with a good plan last
year to meet the state’s obligation to fully fund public schools, their plan takes
effect one year too late.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 5, 2018
Headed into the 2018 legislative session, lawmakers remain divided on paying roughly
$1 billion to meet a court order requiring Washington to speed up a fix for its public
school system. Top Republican and Democratic officials debated Thursday at the Associated
Press Legislative Preview in Olympia over whether to use state reserves to pay the
sum, use new taxes to raise the cash or to ignore the state Supreme Court altogether.
The News Tribune, Jan. 4, 2018
Washington state is moving closer to adopting a new system for tracking school quality
and student progress. The state superintendent’s office has gotten feedback on its
plan from the federal Department of Education and will submit its revised version
on Thursday. States have to turn in these accountability plans to the federal government
to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the No Child Left Behind
KNKX, Jan. 3, 2018