Ann Dornfeld http://wboi.org en Federal Probe Targets Uneven Discipline At Seattle Schools http://wboi.org/post/federal-probe-targets-uneven-discipline-seattle-schools The Education Department has launched an investigation into discipline rates in Seattle public schools.<p>Students of color have long been punished in far higher numbers than white students in Seattle, but now the department's Office for Civil Rights is looking at whether black students are disciplined more frequently and more harshly than white students for the same behavior.<p>African-American students in Seattle schools are suspended at a staggering rate. More than one in four black middle-schoolers are suspended at least once in any given school year. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 22:20:00 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 11631 at http://wboi.org Seattle High School's Teachers Toss District's Test http://wboi.org/post/seattle-high-schools-teachers-toss-districts-test An entire school of teachers in Seattle is refusing to give students a standardized test that's required by the district. The teachers say the test is useless and wastes valuable instructional time.<p>Meanwhile, individual teacher protests of standardized tests are popping up nationwide, and the Seattle case may make bigger waves.<p><strong>'I Just See No Use For It'</strong><p>Students in Seattle Public Schools take a test called the Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP, up to three times a year, from kindergarten through at least ninth grade. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:46:00 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 9359 at http://wboi.org Seattle High School's Teachers Toss District's Test