Skagit County Trends Newsletter

#3 - 2017

5-QUESTIONS WITH:

PHIL BROCKMAN - SUPERINTENDENT OF THE SEDRO-WOOLLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT

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Q: As superintendent of the Sedro-Woolley school district, you undoubtedly face many potential priorities. What are your top three for this school year?
A: Safety of our students and staff is always our highest priority. Four years ago, our school community supported the Sedro-Woolley School District with a Safety and Technology Capital Levy. We will be completing our safety upgrades in all of our schools and will be at one to one computing in all of our schools by the end of this school year.

Student Academic growth is our business. It is our moral imperative to ensure that all of our students are academically achieving and meeting standards. We continue to expand programs and services to meet our student needs, and to address opportunity and achievement gaps. We must provide equity, access, and…


INDICATOR NEWS

33,000 ANNUAL GUN-RELATED DEATHS IN THE U.S., BUT WHO ARE THEY?

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Good data can help to dispel fact from opinion, especially in the face of controversial subjects. Compelling visualization techniques can deliver insights about the data faster than lines of numbers of text.

Accessing the facts through data visualization simply helps us to better understand the world around us. We read upsetting news that might lead us to form sweeping generalizations. A sense of the data behind these reports can prevent quick, emotional reactions. Just as the Skagit County Trends site proposes, it is important to let data speak for themselves…

NEW TOOL FOR U.S. CENSUS DATA USERS

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Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution requires a Census occur for the main purpose of tax apportionment based on population numbers.

The first census, taking place in 1790, had six categories. According to the 1790 Census Overview, the census was required to the name of the head of the family, and count the number of: free white males 16-years and older, free white males under 16-years of age, free white females, all other free persons, and slaves.

A population census takes place…

INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH METRICS AND EVALUATION - U.S. HEALTH MAP


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The U.S. Health Map, a tool offered by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, allows users to view and compare health data information for every county in the nation at the same time, or to look at all the counties within any particular state, or any individual county.

Each county has a particular shade of color representing a certain proportion of the population as offered in the legend for each graph. When the animation is started and continues from one year to the next, the user can literally see the U.S. map change color as health trends have…

INDICATORS IN ACTION

SHARE OF WOMEN RECEIVING FIRST TRIMESTER PRENATAL CARE BELOW STATE -

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Going to the doctor for a routine check-up is an important aspect of personal health at any age. But for women who have an intention to become pregnant, routine medical attention and planning is critical. Healthy development in the very early stages of pregnancy has life-long health implications as the baby continues to grow and develop through childhood and eventually adulthood.

Prenatal health care is important not only for the baby, but for the mother as well. According to the…

SKAGIT COUNTY'S POPULATION WITH FOOD INSECURITY DECREASING -

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Nothing is more crucial than having food needs met on a daily basis. When it is difficult to maintain access to food, obtaining or maintaining other necessities of life also become more difficult.

According to ReFED, "American consumers, businesses, and farms spend $218 billion a year, or 1.3% of GDP, growing, processing, transporting, and disposing food that is never eaten. That's 52 million tons of food sent to landfill annually, plus another 10 million tons that is discarded or left unharvested…


COUNTY HOMELESS STUDENT RATE BELOW STATE -

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Homeless youth face very different challenges than a traditional student. It can be hard to worry about homework and school sports when finding food and a place to sleep are a constant concern. Add this to many of the issues that contribute to homelessness such as mental illness, physical disability, substance abuse, poverty, and response to domestic violence, you have a situation that makes it exceedingly difficult to attain a good education and prepare for adult life.

Taking a look at the…