November 1, 2022
How WA schools are funded
Plus, meet the MacArthur recipient who’s trying to make AI more human.
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It’s Tuesday, November 1. There’s 1.1 million K-12 students at public schools in Washington state. That’s a lot of kids. School funding in the past few years has made up about half of Washington’s total budget – the state’s largest expenditure category – at about $28 billion. But how does all that cash land in local schools? We did our homework to figure it out.
Also in this newsletter: The UW researcher bridging the computer/human divide; Things to do in Seattle this November; The ’80s murders that echo the Pelosi attack; Political power in Washington’s ideological fringes; and More about the boar who almost started a war.
A student begins their first day of school at Seattle’s Greenwood Elementary on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. (Amanda Snyder/Crosscut)
Breaking down Washington’s school funding formula
by Venice Buhain
Washington state revamped its K-12 funding system several years ago, but costs continue to rise. Here’s what you need to know. » Read more
Voter Guide 2022
Do you know who you’re voting for?
Whether you’re looking for info on the Secretary of State special election, who’s running in your legislative district, or details on potential new ways to vote, our guide can help you out. » Learn more
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Meany Center – SO Percussion with Caroline Shaw – November 10
Seattle Public Library – Chef Sherman: ‘The Revolution of Indigenous Foods of North America’ – Friday, November 4, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Central Library
A MacArthur Genius’ quest to give computers common sense
by Hannah Weinberger
Artificial intelligence researcher Dr. Yejin Choi discusses the hurdles preventing computers from truly understanding us. Read more
Things to do in Seattle this November
by Margo Vansynghel, Gavin Borchert, Brangien Davis
The art of Indigenous tattoos, the return of beloved comics festival Short Run and neon sculptures in the woods. Read more
The disturbing Pelosi attack recalls Seattle’s Goldmark murders
by Knute Berger
State legislator John Goldmark became a political target of right-wing extremists in the 1960s. Two decades later, those accusations came to a violent head. Read more
Inside Crosscut | Purple haze: The battle over WA state’s political no-man’s-lands
by Joseph O’Sullivan
A handful of unassuming, ideologically split districts have become hotbeds of political power for both Washingtons. Read more
Podcast | Why the Pig War took place in the San Juan Islands
by Knute Berger, Sara Bernard
A border conflict between the U.S. and Britain, combined with the ambitions of a future Confederate general, almost turned the Salish Sea into a war zone. Listen now
KCTS 9 Food For Thought The Great Northwest Recipe. Live Event. Nov 10. 6:30p.
The Great Northwest Recipe takes a local approach to the concept of the PBS hit series The Great American Recipe, featuring influential guests with a tie to the Pacific Northwest sharing their signature recipes and meaningful stories with the local PBS audience.
This event is presented in a hybrid format, in-person attendance includes recipe tastings while virtual attendance is free and provides an accessible viewing option to those not able to attend in person. >> RSVP HERE
Thank you to our sponsor, Trucup Roasting Company.
More local stories on our minds:
• ‘Yogurt for bats’: A new way to fight a deadly pandemic (KUOW)
• Seattle startup developing therapies based on human milk to go public via SPAC merger (GeekWire)
• Gravity Hill – the hill so nice I rolled down it twice (NW PB)
• Spokane’s first Ukrainian market to raise money for civilians, soldiers in conflict zones (KXLY)
• Post Malone really loves Seattle bands (Seattle Times)
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Food for Thought. The Great Northwest Recipe. November 10. 6:30 p.m. Event Info.
Mossback Podcast with Knute Berger. More from the most interesting place on Earth. Listen now
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