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Public News Service - WA: Youth Issues

Frequent and thorough hand washing is critical to prevent the spread of viruses like the flu. (gentle07/Pixabay)

SEATTLE – How sick is sick enough to stay home from school or work? With so many obligations, the decision can be tough, but it's also vitally important during flu season. Already, 20 people have died from the flu in Washington state this season, according to health officials. Dr. Angie

About 52,000 children in Washington state get some funding for health coverage through CHIP, which is known as Apple Health for Kids. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

SEATTLE – A last-minute deal in Congress to provide short-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program hasn't done much to alleviate stress for states and parents going into the new year. CHIP is one of the main funding streams, along with Medicaid and state funding, for Washingt

After-school and summer programs are helping Washington children develop both career and coping skills, according to a report to the State Legislature. (Sparkwind Movement)

SEATTLE – Washington state is improving programs for children after school and in the summer, according to a report to the Legislature, which agreed to help fund the programs. When programs are properly funded and work right, they can improve children's academic, social and emotional abiliti

College students should be weary of the bombardment of credit card offers they will get. (PixelMakerEric/Pixabay)

SEATTLE -- It's an exciting time of year for students heading off to college for the first time, but with that independence comes new responsibilities. One of the most important is financial responsibilities. Every student - whether they are living off student loans, a part-time job, or checks fro

People are paying more than $1.3 trillion in student loan debt in the United States. (Michael Fleshman/Flickr)

SEATTLE - The college year has started again, and for many students that means anxiety over debt is here again, too. According to the Institute for College Access and Success, the class of 2015 in Washington state graduated with an average debt of $24,600. The College for All Act now in Congress ai

More than 60 percent of Muslim students said they've felt unsafe in public since the 2016 election campaign, according to a recent survey. (J Pat Carter/Getty Images)

KENT, Wash. - Going back to school can be a stressful time for students and, in the current political climate, can be even harder for those who are Muslims. Since the 2016 election campaign, incidents of bullying Muslim students have skyrocketed. In a survey by the Washington chapter of the Council

Uncertain how education will be funded in Washington state, school administrators say they typically plan for the worst-case scenario. (wsilver/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The clock is ticking again this year for the Washington State Legislature to figure out how to address the Supreme Court's McCleary decision that requires the state to properly fund schools. As legislators hammer out details behind closed doors in a special session, what do

The Trump administration has proposed cutting federal funding for after-school and summer programs. (School's Out Washington)

WENATCHEE, Wash. – Members of Congress return to the Capitol next week for budget negotiations, and what they decide could have a big impact on children and what they do after school. Under the Trump budget proposal, funding for 21st Century Community Learning Center grants, which help fund

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