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  • Mom of 14-year-old boy who died from suicide says she missed the signs and doesn’t want other parents to do the same

    Palmer Burk was full of personality. Home videos show a young child wise and adventurous beyond his years. By the time Palmer was 14 years old, he was a popular and athletic teen who dominated in crew and wrestling in the small town of Vashon Island.

  • To Washington state schools chief, security upgrades important, but something else more vital

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Chris Reykdal is in the business of schools as the Washington superintendent of public instruction. Q13 News wanted his perspective on physical school security at a time when mass shootings have been ingrained in our conscience. Schools have individualized safety plans but there are no requirements of what it should look like. “We are very much a local-control state, so we don’t tell them (the individual school districts) how,” Reykdal said. For example, most schools now do […]

  • Teachers in Tumwater, Stanwood-Camano, Rainier districts go on strike; Arlington gets tentative pact

    TUKWILA, Wash. — On Labor Day, school district workers such as Rhonda Lee couldn’t take the day off. Lee’s office is full of school supplies at the Tukwila School District headquarters. “All of these backpacks are all donated,” Lee said. Supplies may be ready for Tukwila students, but Lee, the district’s spokesperson, isn’t sure when kids will actually be in class. Lee is working overtime keeping track of negotiations over teacher salaries. “We are hoping, hoping to avoid any kind […]

  • Many school districts still in negotiations over teacher pay, with only days before classes start

    SPANAWAY, Wash. — Dozens of Bethel School District teachers filed into Liberty Middle School on Thursday to learn the latest offer on pay increases. They came out an hour later saying they decided to continue negotiations until Wednesday, Sept 5. If the two sides are far apart by then, teachers will meet to vote whether to strike. Bethel Education Association says they are trying not to turn rallies into a picket lines. “We are working on it and we are confident […]

  • Parents forced to look for last-minute child care if teachers go on strike

    SEATTLE — Samantha Ramirez is counting down the days. “I am going to be so excited because I am going to be in second grade,” Ramirez said. Back to school items are already checked off. “I have everything,” Ramirez said. What they don’t have is the green light that Samantha’s elementary school in Tacoma will start on time. “I just have to figure it out if they go on strike,” said Samantha’s mom, Zohar Ramirez. Zohar is a single mom […]

  • Many teachers negotiate double-digit pay increases as others talk about strikes

    SEATTLE — Many teachers have scored big pay hikes as they get ready to start another school year. “In Western Washington, there have been double-digit pay raises for districts like Sedro-Woolley Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Lake Washington,” Washington Education Association spokesperson Rich Wood said. But teachers in other districts such as Bethel, Seattle and Tacoma have not been able to reach a deal so far. Many teacher unions are seeking around a 15% pay hike. “We are worried about getting fair pay […]

  • A nice break from smoky air at Evergreen State Fair, but hazy conditions still abound in region

    MONROE, Wash. — The Evergreen State Fair opened just as the smoke cleared out of the area, but Snohomish County is still not in the clear. The fair on Friday expected more than 20,000 people and that is why organizers say air quality is so important. At the fair on Friday, people were just grateful they could breathe with ease. “It doesn’t smell like smoke, finally,” Crystle Street said. Street was outside having fun with her two sons for the […]

  • Seattle home price acceleration slows, but that doesn’t mean it’s easier to buy

    SEATTLE — Every time Crystal Beal looks at a new home, she tries not to get attached. “So far it’s been making offers and not ending up with a house,” Beal said Thursday. She had her eyes on a two-bedroom, one-bath house in Seattle listed for $685,000, but so does another person. “He came in and just gave her an offer,” Beal said. Someone made an offer in less than two hours of Thursday’s open house. It’s a game Beal […]

  • Children more vulnerable than adults to unhealthy air quality

    SEATTLE — At the Magnuson Park YMCA, jumping rope  inside is replacing scavenger hunts outside. “It’s absolutely a challenge, especially since we have 250-plus kids here every week,” Miranda Gadau said Monday. So the YMCA has to get creative, partnering with other places to get all summer camps inside. “We also sent some kids bowling and roller-skating so anything we can do to keep them inside and have fun,” Gadau said. “Luckily for us, the YMCA of Greater Seattle has […]

  • One family’s story of success amid a growing population of homeless students

    PIERCE COUNTY —  Cheryl Hernandez didn’t have the will for a long time, her on-and-off drug addiction for years sidetracked not just her life but her two sons. “When you have nothing, you are hopeless,” Hernandez said Friday. For more than a year Cheryl’s family was homeless. “It definitely feels isolating,” Cheryl’s son said. The 17-year-old boy still went to school, catching the bus at 5:30 every morning. “Nobody who I didn’t tell knew I was homeless at all,” Cheryl’s […]