Education Archives - Salish Current

Always-learning leadership steers small, diverse Nooksack schools

April 19, 2024
Matt Benoit

A mindset of ongoing learning for teachers and administrators as well as students drives Nooksack Valley schools to higher achievement.

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Legislature decides WA schools should include LGBTQ+ history 

March 14, 2024
Scarlet Hansen, Cascade PBS

Senate Bill 5462 would require state curricula to teach the perspectives and experiences of historically marginalized groups.

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Power of community resonates at Storming the Sound

January 26, 2024
Amy Nelson

Environmental educators and students celebrated a milestone this week and considered grief over lost treasured spaces — while looking into the future.

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Storming the Sound for 25 years: what’s next for the grassroots event?

January 18, 2024
Rena Kingery

Pivotal moment: Founders and attendees of an annual Salish Sea environmental education conference are looking to the next 25 years.

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Lopez school district grapples with shortfall, layoffs

July 7, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

What’s the solution to Lopez Island school district’s $700K shortfall? Administrators and school board candidates grapple for the solution.

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Change lives, expand minds, boost careers — with science — say teachers and the Science Guy

June 30, 2023
Matt Benoit

Bill Nye the Science Guy and local educators and students agree: studying science can be life-changing and career-enhancing.

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Impact, importance high in local school board elections

June 16, 2023
Matt Benoit

Do local races risk turning into political referendums instead of reasoned debates over school district functions?

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Assistant … or replacement? AI, in real life

May 12, 2023
Matt Benoit

The future is already here for users of artificial intelligence technology.

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Island schools avoid perfect storm menacing budgets

May 5, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

School districts in San Juan County have steered away from a perfect storm of budget cuts, while districts in Whatcom and Skagit counties are feeling the squeeze.

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Bond system, wealth inequity are targets of school-funding suit

March 2, 2023
Kai Uyehara

If a lawsuit brought against the state by one of Washington’s small, rural school districts prevails, it could level the playing field for rich and poor districts when it comes to funding school construction.

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‘Starving students’ no more, as campuses address food insecurity

October 7, 2022
Sadie Fick

Increasing food insecurity among college students is being answered with a variety of solutions by schools in Skagit and Whatcom counties.

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Will Kennedy decision change the religious landscape in public schools?

August 12, 2022
Kai Uyehara

School officials in Whatcom County say policies regarding religious practices for all parties have not and will not change as a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District.

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Law into action: teaching sexual inclusivity in school sexual education

May 26, 2022
Lauren Gallup

Local public school districts are preparing to meet new state mandates for teaching about sexuality and gender.

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Tribal sovereignty education comes—slowly—to school curriculum

May 5, 2022
Sarah Reeves

Public school districts are working with tribes to develop a crucial new curriculum on tribal sovereignty and treaty rights.

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Confrontations, demands for parents’ rights challenge local school boards

March 4, 2022
Matt Benoit

Impassioned conversations are occurring nationwide as sometimes large groups of parents show up at once sparsely attended school board meetings — including in Whatcom County — with local issues including COVID-19 mask mandates, critical race theory and sexual health education.

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Not taking it: the hows and whys of religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement

November 19, 2021
Matt Benoit

With some employees seeking religious or medical exemption from the state’s COVID-19 mandate, employers and workers both have continued to adapt over the past month to how that plays out in the workplace. Receiving a medical exemption is often relatively straightforward, but religious exemptions are less so, in the application and the approval processes.

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