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Shawn Vestal: School letter fails in its own right

We were invited to leave our school this month. Our school, it seems, has not made “adequate yearly progress” on standardized tests. Our school, it turns out, is “in School …


Thousands of parents will get letters explaining why their kids’ school is failing

Thousands of Spokane-area households will soon receive a letter explaining that their child’s school is failing. Spokane Public Schools alone is sending out more than 13,500 letters to parents in …


Spin Control: Defining ‘infrequent’ proves challenging for legislators

OLYMPIA – The biggest challenge for this period between sessions – or at least the biggest one after persuading the state Supreme Court not to slap the Legislature for ignoring …


Washington high court says Legislature could be held in contempt over school funding

Saying the Washington legislature hasn’t met a demand to fully fund public schools, the state Supreme Court today ordered attorneys for the Legislature to appear in September and be ready …


Shawn Vestal: Study finds spending money on poorer schools pays off

A key question regarding schools and money: To throw or not to throw? As the Washington Supreme Court continues to ride hard on the Legislature’s half-hearted attempts to provide “ample” …


Legislature’s school funding report to high court blasted

OLYMPIA – A recent report by Washington legislators on how they will improve public education is so lousy they should be held in contempt, plaintiffs in the landmark case over …


More funding needed for state education, report says

OLYMPIA – The Legislature needs to pick up the pace at directing more money to improve the state’s schools, a special committee is telling the state Supreme Court in a …


Washington loses control of some federal education funding

The refusal of Washington lawmakers to tie students’ state test scores to teacher evaluations could result in a loss of in-school programs that help struggling kids. And that may leave …


Washington governor vetoes bill on drones, citing privacy risk

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed a bill that would have regulated the use of drones by government and police, saying it didn’t go far enough to protect privacy rights. …


Washington adds two math, science credits to get high school diploma

OLYMPIA – Washington high school students will need 24 credits to earn a diploma, with an extra credit of math and science, starting in 2019. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a …


Medal of Honor recipient Ty Carter advocates for returning veterans

OLYMPIA – Staff Sgt. Ty Carter is learning to handle the attention that comes with being a Medal of Honor recipient, believing that by calling attention to the problems of …


Inslee signs domestic violence-gun law

OLYMPIA – When her ex-husband pointed a gun at her and threatened to blow her head off while she knelt in her Spokane living room, there was a point when …


New laws name state oyster, juvenile rights

OLYMPIA – Children will have to have lawyers before a court can sever their parents’ rights. Juveniles will have more protection against self-incrimination in Washington. Marijuana growers won’t get tax …


Dozens of state bills get Inslee’s signature

OLYMPIA – With strokes of a pen, Gov. Jay Inslee approved statewide suicide prevention training for medical professionals, raised some motor vehicle fees to pay for a new ferry, banned …


Washington Senate panel raises daily expenses allowance

OLYMPIA – State senators will be able to collect an extra $30 a day for expenses during future legislative sessions under a rule approved Tuesday. The Senate Facilities and Operations …


Spin Control: Sharing the cost but not the benefit

OLYMPIA – Starting next year, you might be paying for Washington’s next ferry when you renew your car tabs at the courthouse. Whether you want to or not. Whether there’s …


Spin Control: In case of low rhetoric, break out this boilerplate

OLYMPIA – So the Legislature blew Dodge on time for the first time since 2009. Sure, you’re saying “good riddance” now, but that may change if they avoid a special …


Health care reform enters phase 2

Now that Americans by the hundreds of thousands are signing up for health insurance coverage, reformers are moving on. They want high health care prices to be disclosed and driven …


Corridor funding a victim of transportation bill failure

OLYMPIA – There were some hits and some misses for legislation tied to Spokane in the 2014 session. Many Spokane leaders hoped for more money for the North Spokane Corridor …


Washington legislators leave plenty to next year’s session

OLYMPIA – The Legislature closed up shop with seven minutes before its constitutionally mandated midnight stopping time Thursday, ending a short session that was short on expectations and, many would …


Inslee says Legislature left things undone

OLYMPIA — Washington faces reduced maintenance on roads and bridges as well as cuts in mass transit because the Legislature did not pass a major package this year of transportation …


Washington Legislature passes budget on last session day

OLYMPIA – Working with uncommon haste, the Legislature passed a supplemental spending plan for most state programs that raises no taxes, offers no new tax loopholes and provides no state-funded …


Washington transportation package dies in Legislature

OLYMPIA – Washington drivers won’t see gasoline taxes rise 11.5 cents over the next three year. But they also might not see the Legislature come up with the money to …


Bill to speed up newborn screenings heads to Inslee

OLYMPIA – Washington will require hospitals to get newborns tested faster for a wide range of diseases, and get those results back to parents sooner, under a bill sent to …


Bill introduced to restart Gonzaga-Washington men’s basketball rivalry

OLYMPIA – State law would make the Huskies play the Zags in basketball every year under a proposal introduced Tuesday by a Spokane senator. Considering there’s barely time left in …


Spin Control: There’s no leveling a seesaw playing field

OLYMPIA – There is so much talk of leveling the playing field in legislative debates that one wonders if an army of bulldozers should be dispatched to sporting facilities around …


Lawmakers honor football winners past and present

OLYMPIA – Basketball season may be reaching its peak, but the Washington Legislature was more focused on football Friday morning. With Washington State University football coach Mike Leach looking on, …


Bill to help seal juvenile criminal records passes Washington Senate

OLYMPIA — A bill that makes it easier to seal juvenile criminal records after the age of 18, except for the most serious offenses, has passed the Senate.


Inslee seeks votes for his key bills

OLYMPIA – With time running out in the legislative session, Gov. Jay Inslee acknowledged “something’s got to break very very soon” to pass a package that would pay for major …


Bill to erase ‘salmon war’ convictions heads to Gov. Inslee

OLYMPIA – Native Americans who were arrested and jailed for “off-season” fishing in tribal waters before a federal judge ruled they were within their treaty rights got the legislative version …