Education

Teachers get off the Cool Bus to prepare for their next stop Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at Presidents Elementary School in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

‘Broccoli in the brownies’: New takes on summer school boost attendance

Lakewood schools are trying a summer camp-style approach. Meanwhile, Arlington buses books and math games directly to kids.

Teachers get off the Cool Bus to prepare for their next stop Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at Presidents Elementary School in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
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Monroe schools wants to know what public seeks in an interim leader

The board is on track to interview candidates July 28, though it’s unclear if the community can watch

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Alissa Long gets a group photo of some of the graduates during a Second Chance Foundation graduation party on Sunday, June 26, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

These grads have something ‘priceless’: Degrees and lived experience

Meet three women whose degrees are just as valuable as their experience with addiction, incarceration and homelessness.

Alissa Long gets a group photo of some of the graduates during a Second Chance Foundation graduation party on Sunday, June 26, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
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Search begins in earnest for Monroe interim superintendent

Meanwhile, Superintendent Justin Blasko is still on leave, and school officials are keeping quiet about his future.

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Jen Hirman

State PTA director appointed to Everett School Board

Jen Hirman brings more than a decade of education policy work and local PTA involvement to the role.

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Students line up and wait to begin their procession during Lake Stevens High School’s 2022 commencement ceremony Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Pandemic, protests leave indelible mark on high school grads

In speeches, students reflect on challenges they overcame and hopes for future

Students line up and wait to begin their procession during Lake Stevens High School’s 2022 commencement ceremony Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A student wipes away tears as the 592 graduates take their places during the processional at Lake Stevens High School’s 2022 commencement ceremony Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

’Tis the season for tassel-turning and cap-tossing

Thousands of students will receive diplomas as 2022 graduation ceremonies kick into high gear.

A student wipes away tears as the 592 graduates take their places during the processional at Lake Stevens High School’s 2022 commencement ceremony Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Reverend Kate Kilroy makes a heart with her hands towards passing vehicles during a rally backing LGBTQ+ students on Monday, June 6, 2022, in front of the Marysville School District Service Center in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Marysville schools pause parental consent plan for LGBTQ, other clubs

After experts said it could infringe on student rights — and lead to costly legal battles — board members hit the brakes.

Reverend Kate Kilroy makes a heart with her hands towards passing vehicles during a rally backing LGBTQ+ students on Monday, June 6, 2022, in front of the Marysville School District Service Center in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Justin Blasko

Monroe schools on to ‘next steps’ for embattled superintendent

Blistering report in hand, Monroe school leaders are seeking an acting leader to fill in for Justin Blasko.

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Is 6 years too long a term for Everett School Board members?

A majority declined to cut it to four years, saying longer terms bring stability and avoid the kind of tumult seen in other districts.

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Zachary Robbins

Q&A: ‘Hard choices’ for new Marysville superintendent amid $13.5M in cuts

Zachary Robbins takes the helm of a district reeling from controversies and budget cuts. Yet he’s feeling “encouraged.”

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Laura Phillips, left, waves a rainbow flag while Everett Public Schools superintendent Ian Saltzman raises a PRIDE rainbow flag at the Everett Public School’s PRIDE month celebration on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Pride flag flies over Everett Public Schools headquarters

In a show of support for students and staff, the rainbow LGBTQ flag will be up all month.

Laura Phillips, left, waves a rainbow flag while Everett Public Schools superintendent Ian Saltzman raises a PRIDE rainbow flag at the Everett Public School’s PRIDE month celebration on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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‘COVID slide’: Academia adjusts to student-achievement decline

Their grades and test scores tanked during the pandemic. Now local schools and colleges aim to help.

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Liberty Elementary (top) and (bottom, L-R) 10th Street Middle, Cascade Elementary, Marysville-Getchell High and Shoultes Elementary schools. (Marysville School District)

Would Marysville’s school-clubs proposal be unconstitutional?

If approved, it would require parental consent for club participation, which some say could force LGBTQ kids to out themselves.

Liberty Elementary (top) and (bottom, L-R) 10th Street Middle, Cascade Elementary, Marysville-Getchell High and Shoultes Elementary schools. (Marysville School District)
Justin Blasko

‘(Expletive) idiot’: Scathing report paints Monroe schools supe as bully

In a response, Superintendent Justin Blasko apologized for his actions. His future with the district remains in limbo.

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Ian Saltzman

School leaders in Everett, Mukilteo districts receive raises

Superintendents Ian Saltzman in Everett and Alison Brynelson in Mukilteo secured contract extensions through 2025.

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April Berg

Want to serve on Everett School Board? There’s an opening

April Berg is resigning to focus on family and duties as a state lawmaker. Those interested in the post can apply now.

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Zachary Robbins

Marysville superintendent could start a month early

A June start means Zachary Robbins could weigh in on a $13.5 million budget shortfall and a parental consent policy for clubs.

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Students, parents and community leaders attend the school board meeting Monday evening at Cedarcrest Middle School in Marysville, Washington on May 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Passions flare over Marysville School Board parental consent policy

Critics say a proposed policy targets LGBTQ clubs, forcing students to out themselves. Backers say it affirms parents’ rights.

Students, parents and community leaders attend the school board meeting Monday evening at Cedarcrest Middle School in Marysville, Washington on May 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

State Rep. April Berg will resign from Everett School Board

The Mill Creek Democrat will step down June 1. Meanwhile, she filed Monday for re-election to the state House.