The Seattle Times Education section covers schools at the district, state and federal level. Topics include the University of Washington and other colleges; the Common Core and standardized testing; teacher pay and strikes; charter schools; school discipline; classroom teaching methods; and funding under the McCleary decision. Coverage also includes the Education Lab project.

King County tries counseling, self-reflection instead of jail for teens

Dede Gartrell, an intake juvenile probation officer, in green, applauds during speeches at the King County Juvenile Detention Center Thursday, Oct.

Attempting to stem the flow of youths into prison, King County court officers are hailing their first juvenile felony case to be handled through restorative justice, rather than traditional prosecution. Two more cases are right behind.

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