Stories tagged: basic education
Thu., Dec. 21, 2017
Inslee budget a good starting point
There is a need to fully fund public schools and finally remove the yoke of the McCleary ruling that has dominated discussion in Olympia for far too long.
Fri., Nov. 24, 2017
Editorial: Lawmakers earned incomplete on school funding
The court rejected the state’s argument that the final step couldn’t be taken all of a sudden, correctly noting that the state was solely responsible for this urgency.
Sat., Oct. 7, 2017
Guest Opinion: Neal Kirby: New levy laws unfair to rural schools
The local levies the richest districts can collect each year is 66 percent more per student than what the poorest districts can collect.
Sun., July 2, 2017
Editorial: Budget passed with an unconscionable secrecy, haste
What is it that public servants are afraid the public will see? According to lawmakers who defend the secrecy, the answer is honesty. Can’t be frank if the public is …
Tue., June 20, 2017
Past opinions provide perspective
Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Downtown parking, June 20, 1941
Sun., June 18, 2017
Editorial: Legislators heading for inexcusable cram session
To pull a cram session on something as momentous and far-reaching as education funding is a dereliction of their duty.
Sun., April 30, 2017
Bill Keim: Untapped wealth could unlock McCleary case
One of the largest areas of such local funding is educator salaries. In 1987, the state paid over 99 percent of salary costs, but by 2012, that state contribution had …
Fri., March 31, 2017
Divided Legislature looking at long session
A basic education funding solution should not go to the voters, because the issue is too complex. This is a job for legislators. It’s why they’re elected.
Sun., March 12, 2017
Students would benefit from smarter funding
A student-centered model would distribute dollars where they are needed most. It would give disadvantaged children more pathways to success. It would also boost gifted students, who need more challenges.
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017
Be smart about class-size funding
Lawmakers did shrink K-3 class sizes, which is where research shows it does the most good. The benefits wane in the upper grades, so there are smarter ways to spend …
Sun., Jan. 22, 2017
Save schools from the levy cliff
Local school districts shouldn’t pay the price for the failure of lawmakers to do their jobs in a timely manner.
Fri., Oct. 14, 2016
Outside View: Lawmakers need to finish schoolwork
It’s likely there are no scenarios in which each and every district would be pleased. Lawmakers and the governor need to accept that they can’t make everyone happy.
Sun., Aug. 21, 2016
Gary Crooks: Quiet panic behind school funding debate
Plan after plan has been agreed upon over the years only to fall apart when it came to time to screw up the courage and find the funding. Last session, …
Sun., July 24, 2016
Dorn’s real target is the Legislature
Dorn’s lawsuit helps illuminate how some districts have gotten by even as state lawmakers shirked their duty. It also shows how the inequity in funding continued to grow.
Sat., June 18, 2016
Court must intervene for schoolchildren
We believe the court should show urgency and adopt new consequences now. Otherwise, we believe the Legislature could once again fail to fully comply with the court and the constitution.
Sat., June 11, 2016
Editorial: Patience needed on school funding
It’s clear that the Legislature has moved too slowly, but it’s not accurate to claim that it hasn’t moved at all. Don’t disrupt this delicate process.
Tue., May 17, 2016
Looking Back: Opinions from past add perspective
Topics included a push to buy locally, the possibility of a national lottery, the definition of basic education and radioactive contamination from Hanford.
Wed., March 30, 2016
Editorial: Editorial: Class-size mandate doesn’t add up
In a perfect scenario, the finance question would’ve been posed when I-1351 was first proposed. Disconnecting the funding from the idea was politically smart, but it only delayed the day …
Tue., March 15, 2016
Opinions from past bring perspective
Editorials covered open meetings, kindergarten classes, recycling and a U.S. haven for Filipino strongman Ferdinand Marcos
Sun., March 13, 2016
Editorial: Charter schools survive, bigger issue looms
In a session where charter schools were given a reprieve, the larger education issue was delayed, yet again.
Sun., Feb. 14, 2016
Smart Bombs: Power play, not road rage
The firing of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson wasn’t an act of road rage. It’s the beginning of the campaign to replace Gov. Jay Inslee.
Sun., Feb. 7, 2016
Smart Bombs: School funding stuck in time
The Legislature is stuck in a seemingly endless loop of studying the issue of basic education funding.
Sun., Oct. 25, 2015, 7:47 a.m.
Under I-1366, a superduperminority would rule
If you want lawmakers to stop working together, vote for I-1366, because it would give a superduperminority of 17 legislators the power to stop a basic education tax plan.
Thu., April 16, 2015
Parties offer dueling education plans at 11th hour
OLYMPIA – Democrats and Republicans unveiled different plans Wednesday to pump more state money into public schools just as the Legislature is supposed to be wrapping up this year’s session. …
Sun., Jan. 11, 2015
Basic education has changed meaning through the years
OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature will spend much of the 2015 session debating how much to spend to cover the cost of “basic education” in the state’s public schools. That …
Sun., Dec. 12, 2010
Special education funding ruled fair
SEATTLE – The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state is not shortchanging school districts in the way it pays for special education. In an 8-1 ruling, the high …
Fri., May 28, 2010, 3:57 p.m.
Wash. may not get any more school stimulus dollars
The director of Gov. Chris Gregoire’s Washington, D.C., office hopes a visit home will influence members of Congress to think again about sending more money to public schools to avoid …
Mon., May 17, 2010, 2:28 p.m.
212 Wash. districts sign up for Race to the Top
Washington education officials say 212 school districts have signed on to the state’s application for federal reform dollars through Race to the Top.
Mon., March 29, 2010, 8:22 a.m.
Gregoire to sign K-12 reform bills into law
Gov. Chris Gregoire is scheduled to return to her hometown of Auburn to sign a package of education reform bills into law.
Fri., Feb. 5, 2010
Education funding chided
KENT, Wash. – The state of Washington isn’t fully paying for basic public education, a violation of its constitutional duty, a King County judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit brought …