Stories tagged: education funding
UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017, 11:32 a.m.
Washington budget deal ‘close’ as deadline and layoffs looms
With five days to a partial government shutdown, lawmakers continue secret negotiations and state workers have notices of a potential layoff.
Sun., March 12, 2017, 3:40 p.m.
Teachers, parents and legislators gather for school funding forum
Two hundred educators and their allies turned out Saturday morning for a public school funding forum and rally at Roosevelt Elementary School in Vancouver. They told a panel of local …
Sun., March 12, 2017
Lockwood, Ladwig: Don’t leave special-needs students behind
Both proposed education budget bills, SB 5607 and HB 1843 (to address McCleary v. State) increase funding for nearly every program except special education.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 10 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers approve modest budget increase for higher ed
A modest budget increase of 2.7 percent for Idaho’s four-year colleges and universities won unanimous approval from legislative budget writers on Tuesday.
Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 6:46 p.m.
Local educators praise Inslee’s funding plan, but express concerns about levy reductions
Some local educators are cautiously optimistic about the education funding plan announced Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee, praising the increased funding but questioning whether the plan will be approved.
Fri., Aug. 5, 2016, 1:32 p.m.
Chicago lays off almost 500 teachers, another 500 school-based workers
Chicago Public Schools is laying off almost 500 teachers and another 500 school-based staff members, the district said Friday. The teachers being laid off will be eligible to apply for …
Fri., June 24, 2016, 4:36 p.m.
Kansas legislators wrestle with court mandate on schools
Top Republicans rewrote an education funding plan to gain broad support in the Kansas Legislature, satisfy a court mandate and end a looming threat that public schools across the state …
Sun., May 29, 2016, 4 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Idaho college funding still lagging
A new national report charts reduced state investment in higher education and rising tuition across the country, with Idaho ranking fairly poorly – the report found that state spending on …
Sun., Jan. 10, 2016, 5 a.m.
Washington legislative session expected to be shorter, focused on education
Issues the Washington Legislature will face include education funding, charter schools and carbon pollution.
Wed., Aug. 26, 2015
Shawn Vestal: Lawmakers have authority to fund schools, not necessarily ability
The Washington Supreme Court has diagnosed the illness correctly. But the justices must wish they could prescribe a different treatment. The court has held the Legislature in contempt of court …
Sat., July 11, 2015
Washington Legislature wraps up session
OLYMPIA – The Legislature’s final day of the 2015 session went smoothly, in contrast to many of the 175 days that preceded it. The House moved swiftly to pass three …
Wed., July 8, 2015
Editorial: Lawmakers should put I-1351 on hold, for now
Washington legislators must make Initiative 1351 go away, at least for the next four years. The $38.2 billion budget they passed last week did many good things, but it did …
Fri., May 22, 2015
Tykes to get new trikes, thanks to governor giving away raise
The children in Jennifer Gonzalez’s preschool class at Windsor Elementary next fall probably won’t care, but they will owe their new tricycles in large part to a citizens commission that …
Sat., March 28, 2015
Idaho teachers get pay boost
BOISE – Idaho lawmakers set a $1.48 billion public school budget on Friday, matching Gov. Butch Otter’s call for a 7.4 percent increase and fully funding the first year of …
Sat., March 21, 2015
Teacher pay bill widely supported
BOISE – Something rare emerged in the Idaho Legislature on Friday: consensus on a major teacher pay bill. Teachers, school districts, lawmakers and state officials all backed the new plan, …
Fri., Sept. 5, 2014
Inslee: Closing tax breaks still key to meeting school funding order
Gov. Jay Inslee is steering clear of suggesting what the state Supreme Court should do to force the Legislature to comply with orders to spend more on public schools. Lawyers …
Thu., July 17, 2014
Q&A: Spokane Valley state House candidates Christian, Wilhite, McCaslin
4th District House questions All three candidates for 4th Legislative District Representative, position 1 were asked the same questions on key issues. Here are their answers.
Fri., June 13, 2014
Washington state Supreme Court blasts lawmakers over school funding plan
OLYMPIA – A recent report on how the state will spend more money on education is so inadequate the state Supreme Court threatened Thursday to hold the Legislature in contempt. …
Wed., Jan. 15, 2014
Jay Inslee mentions taxes, education in State of the State address
OLYMPIA – Washington should raise its minimum wage, spend more on schools and highways, raise teacher salaries and do something about climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday. “We have …
Sun., Jan. 12, 2014
Education, transportation top priorities of Washington Legislature
OLYMPIA – The 2014 session of the Washington Legislature may be one of short duration, small tweaks and low expectations. Legislators will continue last year’s struggles over roads and abortion. …
Sun., Aug. 25, 2013
ESDs prove invaluable to small school districts
At a time when money for education remains tight, taxpayers are spending about a quarter-billion dollars each year on a little-known bureaucracy that operates between local schools and Olympia. Dozens …
Sat., March 30, 2013
We’re failing in our commitment to education
For a bunch of supposedly smart adults, we’re acting pretty dumb about education. It’s not the way we like to think of ourselves, here in the Evergreen State. After all, …
Thu., March 14, 2013
Idaho dismissed from school lawsuit
BOISE – A state judge has agreed to dismiss the state from a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the fees many public schools charge for classes and the legality of …
Wed., June 13, 2012
Inslee, McKenna square off at Bing
The two leading candidates for Washington governor debated for the first time on Tuesday and agreed that new taxes aren’t needed to improve schools. But they disagreed on most other …
Fri., May 18, 2012
Gregoire pitches for schools
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire told the state’s largest teachers union that she will work to increase taxes to help the state meet its mandate to provide quality education. “I am …
Fri., March 30, 2012
Bill allowing tax credits for private school donations stalls in Idaho
BOISE - On the final day of Idaho’s legislative session, Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, reluctantly backed off of his proposal to grant a $10 million-a-year state tax credit for …
Fri., Feb. 3, 2012
GOP proposes ‘Education First’
OLYMPIA – House Republicans, who say they are fed up with the slow pace of the budgeting process in a session in which that was supposed to be the main …
Wed., Jan. 25, 2012
Bell makes NIC budget pitch in Boise
BOISE – North Idaho College has seen its funding burden shift more and more to its students as government spending falls and tuition and fees climb, college President Priscilla Bell …
Sun., Nov. 21, 2010
Out of 295 school districts in Washington, 14 percent have 100 or fewer students and 37 percent have from 101 to 999 students. Districts with 300 or fewer students are …
Tue., Jan. 19, 2010
Gregoire proposes preschool licensing
OLYMPIA – Washington state should help low-income residents get their children into the preschool of their choice, but the state should also establish standards for facilities that help prepare 3- …