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A CULTURAL SHIFT IN FIREARM LEGISLATION - March 15, 2017

It's been proven in Washington State that common-sense gun laws are favored by the majority of citizens. The Alliance for Gun Responsibility works to create laws that reflect this, promoting a culture of gun ownership that balances rights with responsibilities. Following the successful passage of two citizen-initiated gun violence prevention initiatives in 2014 and 2016 - both by wide margins - there is now a better opportunity to create common-sense gun legislation in our state. Julia Hurd talks with Renee Hopkins, Executive Director of the Alliance, about the Alliance's current policy points as well as its collaboration with civic leaders, other organizations, and grass roots networks, including Safe and Sane Skagit https://www.facebook.com/Safe-and-Sane-Skagit-171649423199321/?fref=photo ; and promotion of community education to reduce the gun violence crisis in our society.

http://gunresponsibility.org/our-alliance/

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County Libraries: LaConner Regional Library, Part 1 - March 3, 2017

Our community libraries are still great repositories of reading materials, but times are certainly changing. LaConner Library Director Joy Neal shares the story of today's library of wifi connections, meeting places, continuing education classes and computer training with host Jerry Shackette. It's moved way past long rows of books. It's a new story of meeting the informational needs of the community today. This conversation will bring you up to the minute and maybe you'll renew that library card!

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Voices of the Children with Aaron Wagner - August 10, 2016

Join host jim justice as she speaks with the Aaron Wagner, Director of Voices of the Children a local non-profit organization, focused on pairing teens worldwide in collaborative art projects to promote social and global awareness and create positive change. Former middle school music educator in Mount Vernon, WA, Aaron Wagner has been on an international and cultural journey to work with middle schools students in Mount Vernon and Syrian refugee students in Jordan on collaborative art projects through music, photography, and films. We discuss projects, cultural differences, challenges of working on two continents and memorable moments and growth.

Current website - http://votchildren.org/
New website in the works - http://voicesofthechildren.org
Check out their Facebook page for audio and video - https://www.facebook.com/voicesofthechildren

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School Funding In WA State November 11, 2015

Join jim justice this week as she and three local school district superintendents revisit the question of school funding after a year. Leading off the discussion this year is State Representative Kristine Lytton who has been working on a committee set up by the governor to find solutions. The superintendents joining jim and Rep Lytton are: Laurel Browning, Burlington Edison School District; Carl Bruner, Mount Vernon School District; and Phil Brockman, Sedro-Woolley School District. Listen in to find out what is and isn't happening on the McCleary Decision and No Child Left Behind and how that impacts our local school districts.

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HUNGER TO HOPE - September 16, 2015

Jodie Buller interviews Jerry Shackette, the Hunger to Hope http://www.skagitfriendshiphouse.org/hunger-to-hope.html culinary arts re-training program coordinator at the Friendship House in Mount Vernon. Friendship House provides emergency shelter and free meals year round. Visit http://www.skagitfriendshiphouse.org/.

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Schools in Crisis - McCleary Decision and No Child Left Behind - October 8, 2014

Join jim justice this week as three local school district superintendents discuss the McCleary Decision and No Child Left Behind. Those joining jim are: Phil Brockman, Superintendent, Sedro-Woolley School District, Laurel Browning, Superintendent for Burlington Edison School District, and Carl Bruner, Superintendent for Mount Vernon School District. How is the Washington State Supreme Court Decision on McCleary and loss of a state waiver for No Child Left Behind impacting local schools. Are schools really failing, or is the reporting used not very accurate. Why is the McCleary decision critical for schools? Listen and find out.

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Quality Water Quality Education - October 23, 2013

This week, SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with water quality educator Pat Pearson, recently retired WSU Jefferson County Extension faculty, about how we as humans interact with the Puget Sound and our water systems. Pearson also talks about the process and progress of the Puget Sound Partnership, which aims to clean up the Sound by 2020.

http://www.psp.wa.gov/
http://skagit.wsu.edu/

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School Funding - Washington State style - February 8, 2012

Join jim as she talks with three Skagit County school superintendents: Laurel Browning, Burlington-Edison School District, Carl Bruner, Mount Vernon School District, and Mark Venn, Sedro-Woolley School District.

During the past few years schools have had state funding cut dramatically; last year a retroactive cut occurred in January, although school budgets are set the spring before the academic year. This January, the Washington State Supreme Court handed down a decision which determined that the state is NOT meeting its state constitutional mandate to adequately fund education.

Join us for this conversation about how all this effects school funding now and in the future. This is all critical information to make an informed decision about the upcoming levy elections - all 3 districts have ballots due on an operating levy by Feb. 14.

Laurel Browning, Superintendent
Burlington-Edison School District, http://www.be.wednet.edu/

Carl Bruner, Superintendent
Mount Vernon School District, http://mountvernonschools.org/

Mark Venn, Superintendent
Sedro-Woolley School District, http://www.swsd.k12.wa.us/

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Education Budget Cuts and Unions - September 7, 2011

A discussion with local teachers and union leaders from the Mount Vernon and Burlington-Edison school districts about recent state and local budget cuts, their effect on our schools, and what teachers and their unions are doing about them. SUSO's guests included John Sadzewicz, President of the Mount Vernon Education Association ( MVEA website: http://mountvernonea.org/ ) and librarian at LaVenture Middle School, Carolyn Anderson, Vice President of MVEA and a 6th grade teacher at Washington Elementary, Richard Glick, President of the Burlington-Edison Education Association ( B-EEA website: http://www.b-eea.org/ ) and a 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher at Allen Elementary, and Joe Werder, a B-EEA member and 6th grade math teacher at Edison Elementary.

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The WA State Funding Crisis for Education, pt. 2 - July 6, 2011

As the second part of our broadcast on the education funding crisis, WA State Representative Kristine Lytton, from the 40th LD, discusses in detail, why - and how we fund education, why the money isn't there, and what all this means in terms of specific cuts to education. Dr. Marsha Riddle Buly and Dr. Carmen Werder discuss just how bad it is.

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The WA State Funding Crisis for Education, pt. 1 - June 22, 2011

In this first of 2 shows on severe funding cuts to Washington State's public education system, Ginny talks with two professors from Western Washington University. Dr. Marsha Riddle Buly, the faculty representative from Western to the state legislature, and Dr. Carmen Werder of the Dept. of Communications and the Teaching Learning Academy discuss what amounts to a crisis, especially in higher education, from their individual perspectives. Pt. 2 airs July 6, 2011.

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Healthy Food in Schools - March 16, 2011

SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with Rita Ordonez, parent and W WA Coordinator of the Fresh Food in Schools grant, Ellen Gray, Executive Director of the Washington Sustainable food and Farming network, and Tim Terpstra, a local organic farmer, about their work to get healthy local food in Skagit cafeterias. Jodie's guests will continue their conversation on March 24th - after the WA premiere screening of the documentary Lunch Line. Lunch Line looks at the history of the school lunch program, and follows a group of students as they learn to cook, and try to satisfy the USDA's budget and guidelines at the same time. Rita Ellen and Tim will be part of a panel including one of the film makers, Ernie Park, and georgia Johnson from the La Connor school District. The Lunch Line screening is part of the Skagit Human Rights Festival, which is free -7pm on Thursday March 24th, at the Lincoln Theatre.

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