School blocks speech by valedictorian declaring he is gay

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado charter school refused to let a class valedictorian deliver a graduation speech in which he planned to come out as gay, prompting criticism from activists. Evan Young, 18, said he agreed to make some suggested changes to the speech he planned to deliver on May 16 at the commencement...

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School testing bill appears to be dead in the Washington state Senate

OLYMPIA — The state Senate does not appear likely to consider a bill that would temporarily eliminate the need to pass a science test to graduate from high school. The House overwhelmingly approved the measure on Wednesday, with lawmakers saying they expected it to pass the Senate as well. But the Senate voted Thursday morning...

Key numbers from a report to Congress on U.S. education

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American education landscape is shifting. More U.S. school-age kids live in poverty and need English-language services, according to a report released Thursday by the National Center for Education Statistics. Enrollment in public schools is up, including in charter schools that have grown in popularity. At the same time, smaller numbers of...

State House passes testing reform, change in grad requirements

OLYMPIA — The state House of Representatives on Wednesday advanced a dramatic change in Washington's high-school graduation requirements. House Bill 2214, which would need to pass the Senate on Thursday or die when the special session ends, would temporarily eliminate the need to pass a science test for graduation. This year's high-school seniors would be...

Testing cutting into class time

My daughter missed more school last week due to the state’s standardized testing regimen than she did because of the teacher walkout. But only the latter seems to concern legislators.