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Tiny Oregon school to reopen after 10 years; 5 kids enrolled

BROTHERS, Ore. — From behind the counter at Brothers Stage Shop, Jerrie Hanna has watched crews come and go this summer preparing Brothers School to reopen in September after sitting empty for a decade. Hanna looks forward to kids coming to her store for snacks after school, to having some life...

Date: 08/03/2015 | Northwest

Nature is at the root of new preschool in Monroe

MONROE — At a new preschool here, kids will be listening to Mozart in a barn, collecting eggs from a chicken coup, feeding farm animals and tending a garden.Teacher Korista Minney is putting an outdoorsy spin on early-childhood education with a program that combines...

Date: 08/03/2015 | Local News

Construction of new WSU building in Everett to begin this month

EVERETT — So they've got the money.What happens now?Washington State University received $54.6 million from the Legislature this summer to construct a building that will be the new home for the university in Everett.Construction on the building...

Date: 08/03/2015 | Business

We need more than tuition cuts

You probably heard that Senate Republicans championed a 25 percent tuition reduction for college students. A laudable goal for sure, but this claim is a gross overstatement of the truth.I want to take a moment to set the record straight on the higher education tuition cuts...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Commentary

Herald endorsements for the primary

If you haven't done so already, dig out that mail-in ballot for Tuesday's top two primary election, make your choices and mail it or drop it off at one of several drop boxes throughout the county. For a list of ballot drop boxes, go to

Date: 08/02/2015 | Editorials

Vancouver drama teacher pleads guilty to sex with student

VANCOUVER — A former Vancouver high school drama teacher has pleaded guilty to charges that she had sex with a 15-year-old student.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Northwest

Higher education’s good year

Much of the Legislature's attention this year was on how it would resolve its mandate to amply fund K-12 basic education. We outlined what remains to be done yesterday.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Editorials

Rep. Chris Reykdal to run for Washington schools chief

SEATTLE — State Rep. Chris Reykdal says he plans to run for Washington superintendent of public instruction in 2016.The Democrat from Tumwater was a classroom teacher before going to work as a staff member for the Washington state Senate. The OSPI job is a nonpartisan race.

Date: 07/30/2015 | Northwest

Primary voters pamphlet covers county from Lynnwood to Stanwood

The local voters pamphlet for the Aug. 4 primary covers candidates in parts of Snohomish County from Lynnwood to Stanwood.

Date: 07/30/2015 | South County Politics

Two seek to oust Noble from Edmonds School Board seat

EDMONDS — The race for the Edmonds School Board has two candidates challenging a 12-year incumbent.

Date: 07/30/2015 | Local News

Briefs: UW recognized as ‘Great College to Work For’

UW recognized as ‘Great College to Work For'The University of Washington has been recognized as a Great College to Work For by the Chronicle of Higher Education in its 2015 survey. Approximately 500 UW faculty and staff were asked to evaluate the...

Date: 07/30/2015 | Bizblog

Volunteers study bull kelp

Nearly all marine life here relies on the plant

Date: 07/30/2015 | Local News

Keep pressure on Legislature

The best grade you can give the Legislature in regard to meeting its 2018 deadline to amply fund education is an incomplete. And that's a grade many in the Legislature would give themselves following the record 176 days they spent in session this year.The only grade that...

Date: 07/30/2015 | Editorials

State’s oldest full-time worker on the job at EdCC

Paul Poppe’s routine isn’t unusual. Every weekday, he’s on the job at Edmonds Community College by 7:30 a.m. He spends time off watching the Mariners or doing yard work.So what’s unusual about this busy professional? Well, he was born in 1930.

Date: 07/29/2015 | Local News

State Supreme Court shares in blame for lack of school funding

It didn't take long before the Legislature stopped its crowing about how it funded K-12 education and admitted that it was far from the mandates of the state Supreme Court for basic education. How is that? It starts with Stephanie and Matthew McCleary, parents of two public school kids...

Date: 07/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

State’s top aerospace adviser leaves Olympia to join WSU

Washington’s aerospace policy director, Alex Pietsch, is leaving Olympia to join Washington State University as an industry liaison this fall.Pietsch’s priority will be to foster close ties between the university’s Everett campus and area businesses.

Date: 07/28/2015 | Business

Ballots coming in at expected rate

Early primary-election ballot returns for the Aug. 4 primary election are arriving at the Snohomish County auditor’s office in Everett at a pace that would lead to a final turnout in the estimated range of 25-26 percent.

Date: 07/28/2015 | South County Politics

State gets positive report on education

OLYMPIA — State attorneys on Monday urged the Supreme Court to dissolve a contempt order against the Legislature, arguing lawmakers are on pace to ensure the state fully funds basic education for public school students by a 2018 deadline.

Date: 07/28/2015 | Local News

Attorney general gives glowing report to court on education

SEATTLE — The Washington attorney general’s office said Monday the state has made so much progress toward fully paying the cost of basic education that the state Supreme Court should dissolve its contempt order on education funding.

Date: 07/27/2015 | Local News

Summer Smash

Snohomish tennis tourney gives kids a chance to compete

Date: 07/24/2015 | High Schools

YMCA gets OK to buy surplus Everett school building

EVERETT — The Everett School Board approved the sale of one of its former administration buildings to the YMCA of Snohomish County on Thursday.

Date: 07/24/2015 | Local News

This is a drill

Police train for the next mass shooting

Date: 07/24/2015 | Local News

A key manufacturing source

As Boeing continues construction in Everett of its wing fabrication facility for the 777X and other aerospace businesses in the county continue their own growth, production of a critical component for those manufacturers also is ramping up: the training and development of skills for the...

Date: 07/24/2015 | Editorials

Father of Marysville Pilchuck school shooter: Not guilty to new gun charges

SEATTLE — The father of the Marysville Pilchuck High School student who fatally shot four high school classmates and then himself in October pleaded not guilty in federal court on Thursday to five new firearms charges.Raymond Lee Fryberg's lawyer, John Henry Brown,...

Date: 07/23/2015 | Local News

Detectives wrap up Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting investigation

MARYSVILLE — Nearly nine months after the deadly shootings at Marysville Pilchuck High School, detectives have completed their investigation, officials said Wednesday.

Date: 07/22/2015 | Local News

University of Washington to study children with autism

SEATTLE — University of Washington researchers are recruiting Seattle-area children with autism as part of a four-year study to identify biological markers.

Date: 07/22/2015 | Northwest

Lawmakers OK report to Supreme Court about school funding

BELLEVUE — State lawmakers Tuesday approved their report to the Supreme Court detailing what they did and what they must still do to adequately fund public schools by a 2018 deadline.The analysis explains how money was put in the new two-year state budget to cover...

Date: 07/22/2015 | Local News

Souza for Sizemore

Rays activate one Cascade grad, send another to the minors

Date: 07/21/2015 | Sports

Briefs: EdCC hires new VP of Instruction

EdCC hires new VP of InstructionEdmonds Community College has hired Charlie Crawford as the new executive vice president of Instruction. Crawford will be working with instructors, students and staff to serve the educational needs of the community. Prior to...

Date: 07/21/2015 | Bizblog

Consensus for sex education; division over what to teach

As colleges grapple with the widespread problem of sexual assault, there is a growing consensus that the nation’s schools need to do more to educate young people about sex and relationships before they ever set foot on campus.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Nation & World

New UW center to encourage race, diversity dialogue

SEATTLE — University of Washington professor Ralina Joseph thinks what we’re seeing in the nation today could be the start of a new civil-rights movement. And at times, college students are leading the charge.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Northwest

What’s next for Washington’s education lawsuit

SEATTLE — The new state budget makes a $1.3 billion down payment toward fully paying the cost of basic education in Washington. But even the lawmakers who crafted the budget do not expect the Supreme Court to be satisfied with their progress toward fulfilling the court's order on...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Northwest

Adventure & leadership

Students learn outdoor skills, love of nature in N. Cascades

Date: 07/19/2015 | Explore NW

Kindergartners’ social skills could predict future success

Kindergartners who share, cooperate and are helpful are more likely to have a college degree and a job 20 years later than children who lack those social skills, according to a new study.

Date: 07/18/2015 | Nation & World

Eternally archived

Website celebrates Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy

Date: 07/18/2015 | Local News

After 21 years, U.S. wins Math Olympiad

In 1980, the United States hockey team pulled off one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history, beating a powerhouse Soviet squad 4-3 to win a gold medal. The game would go down in history as "The Miracle on Ice."Thirty-five years later, America pulled off...

Date: 07/18/2015 | Nation & World

Smith, Norton for school board seats

On opposite ends of the county, the Lakewood and Edmonds school districts face many of the same issues that all school districts are facing, including residential growth in their districts, a new controversial testing regimen and looming changes in how the state funds basic education...

Date: 07/17/2015 | Editorials

Longtime Edmonds CC teacher Barbara Maly dies

EDMONDS — Barbara Maly, one of Edmonds Community College’s founding faculty members known for her dedication to students and her ability to show how math could be applied to their daily lives, has died.

Date: 07/15/2015 | Local News

We must back taxes if we want smaller classes

Last November, Washington voters passed Initiative 1351. I-1351 directed the Legislature to allocate funding for smaller K-12 class sizes, with extra class-size reductions in high-poverty schools. Increased funding for these changes was to have been phased in over four years. This would...

Date: 07/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Issue statements from Edmonds School Board candidates

Edmonds School Board member Gary Noble faces challengers Mark Norton and Mary Murphy on the Aug. 3 primary-election ballot.

Date: 07/14/2015 | South County Politics

'A huge deal'

Higher-ed tuition cuts stun students, staff

Date: 07/13/2015 | Local News

Star for U.S. Olympic hockey team

T.J. Oshie is The Herald's Man of the Year in Sports

Date: 07/13/2015 | Sports

Man of the Year finalist: Steven Souza Jr.

As a boy growing up in Everett, Steven Souza Jr. dreamed of playing Major League Baseball.The dream came true last April as Souza, an outfielder and 2007 graduate of Cascade High School, was called up from the minor leagues to the Washington Nationals. Souza, a finalist for...

Date: 07/13/2015 | Sports

Man of the Year finalist: Austin Joyner

In a high school football career that was nothing short of sensational, Austin Joyner saved the best for last.

Date: 07/13/2015 | Sports

New cafeteria for Marysville Pilchuck on track for 2016

MARYSVILLE — It took a few weeks before state Rep. Hans Dunshee called the Marysville School District headquarters.He understood he would have been low on the priority list in the aftermath of the Oct. 24 Marysville Pilchuck High School shootings that took the lives of...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Local News

Community gathers to help

Project Homeless Connect offers help for those in need

Date: 07/12/2015 | Local News

'She's the complete package'

SPU's Suzanna Ohlsen is The Herald's Woman of the Year

Date: 07/12/2015 | Sports

Woman of the Year finalist: Madison Schultz

The Edmonds-Woodway girls soccer team had plenty of weapons last fall, but there was no weapon more potent than Madison Schultz.After going scoreless in her team's first six games, Schultz scored 32 goals over the final 17 games, a stretch when the Warriors went undefeated...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Sports

Woman of the Year finalist: Mikayla Pivec

In a season that culminated with a Class 3A state championship, Mikayla Pivec of Lynnwood emerged as one of the top high school basketball players in the state.Pivec, a junior, put together a 2014-15 season that would lead to her being named the Gatorade Washington Girls...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Sports

Woman of the Year finalist: Lexie Levin

In her sophomore season of 2014, Lexie Levin of Western Washington University enjoyed a record-setting year for the Vikings' softball team.Levin, a graduate of Everett High School, was the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year after setting WWU records for...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Sports

11th-grade test-refusal rate in county higher than statewide

OLYMPIA — More than half of high school juniors in Washington refused to take the state new standardized test, according to initial participation numbers for 2015 released Thursday.Roughly seven of every 10 juniors in the Mukilteo, Edmonds, Snohomish and...

Date: 07/11/2015 | Local News

Finishing Lakewood High School top priority for two board candidates

LAKEWOOD — Two women competing for a seat on the Lakewood School Board see finishing the community's new high school as their top priority and preserving a small-town atmosphere in a fast-growing area as their biggest challenge.The Lakewood School District, located...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Local News

Senate GOP, Democrats reach deal that could end session

The longest legislative session in state history may soon be over.

Date: 07/08/2015 | The Petri Dish

WSU names provost as interim president

SPOKANE — Provost Daniel J. Bernardo was named interim president of Washington State University on Tuesday during a special meeting of the Pullman-based school’s board of regents.Bernardo has been acting president since the June 20 death of WSU President Elson Floyd.

Date: 07/07/2015 | Northwest

Souza placed on DL

Rookie from Cascade High School out with a lacerated finger

Date: 07/07/2015 | Sports

Hinnenkamp named Lynnwood boys hoops coach

Bobby Hinnenkamp, who has been a varsity assistant for the Lynnwood High School girls basketball team the past two seasons, has been named the Royals' boys coach, athletic director Rob McMains said.

Date: 07/07/2015 | High Schools

The week that was for Glacier Peak’s Pettit at East-West game

Editor's note: Spencer Pettit recently completed his high school career at Glacier Peak, where he earned numerous accolades as a kicker before committing to the University of Nevada. He took over The Herald's Twitter account during the week leading up to the East-West All-Star football...

Date: 07/07/2015 | High Schools

Gov. Inslee signs early learning quality, tuition cut bills

SEATTLE — Surrounded by children, Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday signed bills to help kids on both ends of the education spectrum: a comprehensive new early learning bill and a measure that will cut college and university tuition.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Northwest

Gov. Inslee signs college tuition reduction bill

SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that will decrease tuition for students at Washington’s public colleges and universities.The measure, Senate Bill 5954, will cut tuition 5 percent this fall, and then another 10 to 15 percent at the four-year schools in fall 2016.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Northwest

Gov. Inslee signs early learning expansion bill

SEATTLE — Surrounded by small children, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a comprehensive new early learning bill into law on Monday.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Northwest

Hinnenkamp chosen as new Lynnwood boys coach

Lynnwood High School didn’t have to look too far to find its next boys basketball coach.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Prep Zone

School bus barn work begins on 15-acre spot in Lynnwood

By Rikki KingHerald WriterLYNNWOOD — The Edmonds School District is developing a 15-acre property in Lynnwood.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Local News

School's out, reading's in

Summer program in Everett keeps literary skills fresh

Date: 07/06/2015 | Local News

150 years later, schools are still a battlefield for interpreting Civil War

Five million public school students in Texas will begin using new social studies textbooks this fall based on state academic standards that barely address racial segregation. The state’s guidelines for teaching American history also do not mention the Ku Klux Klan or Jim Crow laws.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

In Seattle, some fret over rapid growth

SEATTLE — Seattle, notorious for boom-and-bust cycles stretching back to the 19th century Alaska gold rush, is booming once again.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Northwest

Lawsuit against Highland Christian School, teacher settled

ARLINGTON — A lawsuit filed four years ago against Highland Christian Schools and one of its teachers has been settled and dismissed.The lawyer for a former student and her parents declined to provide any details. The case was dismissed in May. It had been scheduled to...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Local News

Legal costs of Everett Public Schools internal investigation near $55K

EVERETT — A recent internal investigation of Everett Public Schools' Special Services Department has cost the district nearly $55,000 in legal fees.Because of the privacy issues that come up when students are involved,...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Local News

Good start for state’s new tests

School's out, but the test results for the state's new Smarter Balanced Assessment for students in the third through eighth grades and high school juniors are coming in.Supporters and detractors of the new testing regimen will likely argue over what the numbers mean, but...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Editorials

The Colors of Freedom parade in Everett

EVERETT — While temperatures may have been warmer the usual this year, thousands of people lined Colby and Wetmore Avenues along with Wall Street to watch the annual Everett Colors of Freedom Fourth of July parade Saturday.

Date: 07/04/2015 | Local News

A thank-you to my parents for guidance, rules, support

A open letter to my parents: At this point in my life, I'm considered an adult. Yes, maybe sometimes I don't completely act like it, but that's part of life, right? As I'm growing up, I realize just how much you did for me. And, for that, I need to truly thank you; something I don't...

Date: 07/04/2015 | Commentary

13-year-old charged with raping girl on Chimacum school bus

PORT TOWNSEND — Officials say a 13-year-old boy attacked a 7-year-old girl on a Chimacum school bus and has been charged with three counts of first-degree rape.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Northwest

One last snap

Kamiak QB, center set to play their final football game together

Date: 07/03/2015 | High Schools

Where to see art in Snohomish County

Snohomish County

Date: 07/03/2015 | Entertainment

Everett students’ test scores better than state average

EVERETT — The Everett School District last year bought thousands of Google Chromebooks and spent months training teachers, students and parents how to use them.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Local News

Never too late to graduate

Doris Hill Jelinek receives high school diploma on 100th birthday

Date: 07/02/2015 | Local News

Michelle Obama finds her voice with ‘Let Girls Learn’

First-term first ladies are often shadows to their more-important husbands, dabbling in "lite" fare to avoid criticism and picking safe projects to shield them and their families from the inevitable slings and arrows.The safest bet has been to keep interests...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Lots of loose ends as legislative overtime continues in Olympia

OLYMPIA – State lawmakers scuffled over high school testing reform into Wednesday morning and the fight is having ripple effects on a fresh new budget and long-sought transportation package.The Senate is at the center of the political wrangling. Democrats want to vote...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Local News

State Legislature cuts state tuition by 15-20 percent

SEATTLE — A decision this week to cut tuition for Washington state’s public universities by 15 to 20 percent over the next two years is a rare move that national experts believe could influence other states as they come out from under the recession.

Date: 06/30/2015 | Northwest

Rays call up Cascade grad Grady Sizemore

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday purchased the contract of three-time All-Star outfielder Grady Sizemore from Class A Charlotte.

Date: 06/28/2015 | Sports

Camp Invention enables kids to 'stretch their brains'

LAKE STEVENS — Summer camp at Skyline Elementary School required dozens of screwdrivers, hundreds of water balloons, piles of old appliances and gallons of duct tape.The Lake Stevens School District recently hosted Camp Invention, a national program put together by the...

Date: 06/28/2015 | Local News

'124 friends'

Darrington coach inspired a generation of Logger athletes

Date: 06/28/2015 | High Schools

Maverick pride

Meadowdale looks to two former stars to run basketball programs

Date: 06/27/2015 | High Schools

Where to see art in Snohomish County

Snohomish County

Date: 06/26/2015 | Entertainment

House and Senate honor former president of WSU

OLYMPIA — The House and Senate both passed resolutions honoring the late Washington State University President Elson Floyd, with lawmakers praising him as an advocate for the college and students across the state.

Date: 06/25/2015 | Northwest

New brewery in Monroe opens

Dreadnought Brewing grand opening is June 25

Date: 06/24/2015 | Hops & Sips

WSU medical school might be named for Elson Floyd

SPOKANE — Support is growing to name the new Washington State University medical school for Elson Floyd, the school president who died last weekend of complications from colon cancer.

Date: 06/23/2015 | Northwest

WSU presence will be Elson Floyd's legacy in Everett

EVERETT — Elson Floyd had been Washington State University president about two years when Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson asked him in late 2009 to join forces to plant a WSU flag in the city.Thus began a relationship that spawned WSU...

Date: 06/23/2015 | Local News

Everett schools superintendent’s contract up for extension

EVERETT — Everett Public Schools Superintendent Gary Cohn is likely to get a small bump in salary when the school board considers his contract Tuesday.If the school board agrees, Cohn's three-year contract will be extended by one year to June 30, 2018.The...

Date: 06/23/2015 | Local News

Vancouver teacher arrested in voyeurism case

VANCOUVER — A Vancouver, Washington, high school teacher accused of taking an inappropriate photo of a student with his phone has been arrested.

Date: 06/22/2015 | Northwest

Feds paying for sewer analysis of pot usage in Washington

SEATTLE — The federal government is chipping in money for a three-year pilot study using sewage samples to determine levels of marijuana use in two Washington cities — research that could help answer some key questions about pot legalization, the University of Puget Sound announced Monday.

Date: 06/22/2015 | Northwest

Auburn’s Green River College, faculty union battle over budget cuts

AUBURN — Faculty and administrators at Green River College in Auburn are squaring off over proposed budget cuts, with the faculty union and management battling over a contract for more than a year.

Date: 06/22/2015 | Northwest

WSU regents will soon begin process of replacing Floyd

PULLMAN — The board of regents of Washington State University must soon begin the process of replacing school President Elson S. Floyd, who died Saturday of complications from colon cancer.

Date: 06/22/2015 | Northwest

Introductory statements from Edmonds School Board candidates in primary

Edmonds School Board incumbent Gary Noble faces challengers Mary Murphy and Mark L. Norton on the Aug. 4 primary election ballot. Three other board positions have only one or two candidates and will appear only on the November ballot.

Date: 06/22/2015 | South County Politics

Super Kid: Emily Beaton

Journalism career catches her eye

Date: 06/22/2015 | Local News

Big Brothers make a big difference in the lives of Littles

Together they have cheered for the Seahawks, gone crabbing and skeet shooting, talked about grades and goals, and pored over homework at the dining room table.At 70, Dennis Weczoreck has his own grown sons. Adam Siefertson, 18, lost his...

Date: 06/21/2015 | Local News

Elson Floyd: 'Principled, kind' WSU leader was friend of Everett

PULLMAN — Elson Floyd, president of Washington State University, whose leadership helped establish WSU's growing presence in Everett, has died at 59 of complications from colon cancer.Floyd had been president since 2007 and

Date: 06/20/2015 | Northwest

One of the best

Darrington QB Green caps career with all-star appearance

Date: 06/20/2015 | High Schools

All-Star nod bookends Damerau’s prep career

As a junior, South Whidbey’s Deven Damerau wasn’t even starting at running back. Less than two years later, he is representing his school in the Earl Barden All-Star Classic in Yakima as one of the top football players in the state.

Date: 06/20/2015 | High Schools

Kids, not pay, top list of reasons for teacher walkouts

A recent letter to the Herald chastises teachers for the one-day walk-outs that occurred around our state. The big complaint was that it inconvenienced parents, who are stressed finding childcare, while teachers are striking for more money (cost of living increases). But these strikes...

Date: 06/20/2015 | Commentary

An educated guess: Do you really need that degree?

Four more years! Four more years!That's a popular sentiment among those supporting a political incumbent. But few of you were inclined to chant that advice to high school seniors who marched through graduation ceremonies this month.Our

Date: 06/19/2015 | Web Monkey

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