Ann Dornfeld, KUOW

Ann Dornfeld


Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Ann:

Seattle teachers strike nears end as union, district reach tentative agreement

After four days of striking, Seattle teachers and other staff came to a "temporary agreement" with the school district over what their contract entails. Next steps are sending the contract to the union members for a vote. → Read More

Massive school Covid outbreaks occurred at Seattle-area schools with lax protocols

There have been 29 confirmed Covid outbreaks at K-12 public and private schools in King County since September. Most of these were small outbreaks, with no more than four confirmed cases, but others were massive, with 80 or more people infected at two separate Christian school campuses outside Seattle. → Read More

So awkward: Middle and high schoolers return to school, and it feels weird

‘The staff were trying to recognize the students just by their hair and eyeballs.’ → Read More

'Kind of excited, kind of nervous.' Seattle elementary students return to the classroom

Monday was landmark day in Seattle Public Schools as many elementary students, as well as some older students with disabilities, returned to school buildings for the first time in more than a year. → Read More

Interim Seattle Schools superintendent selected: Brent Jones

The Seattle School Board has chosen a candidate to serve as interim superintendent for the next year after Denise Juneau steps down. → Read More

Locked in ‘the cage.’ Report finds disturbing discipline measures at Seattle school

Investigators found that the principal of View Ridge Elementary School in northeast Seattle told staff to lock the gates around a second-grade boy to manage his behavior issues. District leaders called the situation “egregious” — but the district had approved of it as a suitable space for the child. → Read More

Teachers balk at returning to school as Covid cases surge in Seattle area

There have been roughly 36 coronavirus outbreaks related to schools in Washington state. → Read More

A Seattle family moves to Canada so kids can attend school in-person

They refer to this plan as their 'escape hatch' from the U.S. → Read More

From 'nana school' to a Canadian 'escape hatch': How 5 Seattle families plan to tackle fall classes

After a tumultuous spring of emergency distance learning, these parents discuss how they are looking at → Read More

King County has confirmed 24 Covid-19 outbreaks at child care centers since March

Public health officials confirmed 20 Covid-19 outbreaks involving two or more people at child care facilities in King County between March and the end of July. → Read More

'I can't breathe': A 2nd-grader. A security guard. A Seattle school.

The Seattle School Board has voted to suspend the placement of police in schools in response to police brutality, especially against Black people and children. Security guards, however, far outnumber cops in Seattle schools. Some say the district should also reexamine the way it uses security guards to police student behavior - even in the youngest grades. → Read More

False advertising: This Seattle doctor set up a dubious Covid testing site in a vacant hotel

That a budget hotel has become a makeshift medical facility offering unproven antibody tests highlights the gaps in regulatory oversight at the local, state and federal levels during this pandemic. → Read More

Landmark Seattle-area Covid-19 home testing project halted pending federal approval

The Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network, the first of its kind nationwide, had tested more than 12,000 people to measure how prevalent Covid-19 was in the community among people with and without symptoms. → Read More

Seattle Schools 'A' or 'Incomplete' grading policy inequitable, some parents and teachers say

The Seattle Special Education PTSA has called on the school board to amend the policy to ensure that high school students with disabilities do not receive 'incomplete' grades. → Read More

Washington state K-12 schools will not reopen this school year, Gov. Inslee says

In an announcement Monday afternoon, Inslee said " " → Read More

Furniture manufacturer near Seattle turns into mask factory for hospitals during coronavirus pandemic

A Mukilteo furniture factory has stepped forward to make surgical masks and face shields for Providence health care workers after the medical provider asked the public to help produce protective equipment for those on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic in the face of a global shortage of protective gear. → Read More

Keep kids' play dates small, outside and low-contact during coronavirus pandemic, doctors advise

There's no consensus on how to keep kids' social lives intact while minimizing the spread of the coronavirus. Still, doctors agree on some guidelines for parents to keep in mind. → Read More

All Seattle Public Schools closed for two weeks starting Thursday due to coronavirus outbreak

Superintendent Denise Juneau ordered the district closed Wednesday morning after the first known confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported Tuesday, shuttering Aki Kurose Middle School indefinitely. → Read More

‘My first-grade teacher was my first bully.’ More allegations surface against Seattle teacher

After a KUOW investigation revealed a Seattle elementary teacher’s history of discipline for physical abuse, eight more individuals and families have come forward with similar stories in Martin McGowan’s classroom. It raises new questions about why some reported incidents don’t show up in the teacher’s discipline record. → Read More

AUDIO: A Seattle teacher threatens his students

In an audio recording provided to KUOW, former Meany Middle School math teacher James Johnson told his algebra class he had just punched a student in the face. → Read More