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Updated at 10:20 a.m. ET to reflect growing number of walkouts

Seventeen-year-old Egzona Rexhepi and many of her classmates in Boise, Idaho, will join students at schools and universities across the country as they walk out of their school Wednesday to protest gun violence.

Planned student walkouts Wednesday bring attention to reducing the threat of school shootings. One group of Northwest parents is pushing schools to prepare better for another kind of disaster, a major earthquake. 

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Students at schools across the Puget Sound region are planning to walk out Wednesday as part of a nationwide protest to mark the one-month anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead.

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Schools may soon have to screen kids for the learning disability dyslexia early on in elementary school. State lawmakers passed a bill requiring districts to do so starting in the 2020-2021 school year.

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Across the country, people are debating how to prevent mass shootings like the one that happened Feb. 14 at a Florida high school. Many people are pushing for tighter gun laws. There’s also an acknowledgement that young people who are struggling emotionally need more help, and one way people can help is to take a youth mental health first aid class.

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Although results in the Feb. 13 special election have not yet been certified, several school districts in the Puget Sound region appear to have failed to pass school construction bond measures. Those districts include Everett, Arlington, Lake Washington and Bethel.

One Democratic state lawmaker said the threshold for school bond measures to pass is too high, making it hard for districts to address overcrowding and build new schools.

Could anyone have stopped this? That's one of the biggest questions for schools and educators as the nation takes in the facts of the shooting in Parkland, Fla., that has left 17 dead and 23 injured.

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Albert Virachismith, the man charged with repeatedly raping an elementary school student in Seattle, worked at eight other schools in the district. That brought him into contact with many children and raises questions about whether there are other victims.

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First Student, the company that employs school bus drivers in Seattle, said it will meet Thursday with the leadership of Teamsters Local 174 and a federal mediator. That comes after drivers have been on strike since Feb. 1 over health and retirement benefits.

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The school bus strike in Seattle has now lasted almost a week. It has put put the drivers’ employer, First Student, under close scrutiny. The company was the only one that submitted a bid to provide bus service in the district, leaving Seattle Public Schools with little choice.

But the district is taking steps to expand its options in the future.

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Almost every day, it seems like there’s another headline raising concerns about how screen time affects kids’ brain development and emotions. Even a group of former Facebook and Google employees is trying to call attention to the potential harms of technology for children.

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(Updated at 3:35 pm to add comments from school bus driver Alex Bergstrom and First Student executive Kim Mingo.)

About 400 Seattle school bus drivers went on strike Thursday. The work stoppage stems from a dispute with their employer, First Student, over health and retirement benefits.

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Community groups want the University of Washington to build more affordable housing for low-wage employees at the school.

The university has updated its master plan and needs approval from the City of Seattle. The groups argue affordable housing should be a part of that plan.

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Childhood trauma leaves lasting damage on people’s psyches. There is growing awareness in the medical community that experiencing adversity as a child leaves lasting impacts on a person’s body as well, including higher risks for heart disease and cancer.

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In recent years, there have been changes to state law to limit the use of suspensions in school. You can look up a lot of data on discipline numbers on the state superintendent’s web site, but what’s missing are the human stories behind the statistics.

Why did that one kid come to school stoned? Why does that girl have a backpack stuffed with stolen goods?

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A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is exploring ways to make it easier for parents who are going to community college to get care for their kids at reduced rates.

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The Feb. 13 special election will be a test of voters' support for local school levies and bond measures in the wake of major changes to the way the state funds public education. Around the Puget Sound region, dozens of school districts are asking people to support local property tax measures.

Going to college can be hard, but it’s especially difficult for students experiencing homelessness. Washington lawmakers are exploring ways state colleges could help these students.

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The Seattle school board is kicking off its search for a new superintendent with a community town hall on Thursday evening, but labor groups representing teachers and principals are urging the school board to forgo the search and extend current Superintendent Larry Nyland’s contract instead.

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With the abrupt closures of some schools, including ITT Technical Institute campuses in Everett and Seattle, for-profit colleges have gotten more scrutiny in recent years. State Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, has proposed excluding for-profit institutions from state financial aid programs.

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In Seattle Public Schools, there are gaps in achievement between white students and students of color.

According to a recent Stanford University study, black students tested 3.7 grade levels behind their white peers in 2017. The year before, they tested 3.5 grade levels behind.

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A new program in Seattle to assign black male mentors to black boys is getting underway. The program was set in motion by former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray with $300,000 from the city.

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The future of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, remains in doubt, but some Democratic lawmakers in Washington state want to ensure that undocumented people in college will be able to continue their education even if the program ends.

'Breakfast After The Bell' May Be Coming Soon To Washington State

Jan 10, 2018

Wednesday marked the third day of Washington’s 2018 legislative session and the House of Representatives passed its first bill. It would require high poverty schools to offer breakfast after the start of the school day. It’s a top priority for Democrats.

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State lawmakers head back to Olympia on Monday for the short legislative session. One Democratic state senator says a high priority will be boosting funding for special education.

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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. 

The Associated Press is reporting today that of the 100 largest public universities in the country, more than half don’t keep track of student suicides. That includes the University of Oregon, which the AP says either does not keep or does not consistently collect the data.  

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The holidays can leave many of us feeling financially depleted, but instead of trying to forget about that, BECU says it’s an opportunity for a family discussion on how to manage money.

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School districts in Washington state are filing fewer petitions to juvenile court for kids who are truant, according to a recent report from the state superintendent’s office.

But almost all of the kids who wind up in the juvenile court system for unexcused absences – 93 percent – come from low-income families.

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Seattle Public Schools is in the midst of figuring out how to relieve overcrowding in Garfield High School’s highly capable program. That’s where kids who test into the district’s gifted program are assigned unless they opt for a different school.

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