Stories tagged: McCleary decision
Sun., April 28, 2019
The Washington Constitution requires “ample” school funding. Spokane and the entire state are learning that ample funding is not enough.
UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019, 10:59 p.m.
Parents, teachers, students make pleas for special programs funding at Spokane Public Schools board meeting
Parents, teachers and students voiced their concerns to the Spokane Public Schools board of directors during Wednesday night’s meeting. It was the first time the board had heard from the …
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 7:48 a.m.
A task force to study possible removal of the Snake River dams could generate outsized controversy in Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget.
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 7:52 p.m.
After Spokane Public Schools and the Mead School District agreed this week to large pay raises for their teachers, the teachers union for Central Valley School District hopes to get …
Sun., Feb. 18, 2018
Spokane County homeowners will see a substantial increase in their property tax bill this year as a result of a new state school levy.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 10:05 p.m.
Spokane Public Schools kept up its 40-year winning streak alive as voters approved its latest levy request to pay for personnel and sports activities. The levy request was passing with …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 10:02 p.m.
State Supreme Court tells Legislature it won’t settle for “close enough” on school reforms.
Thu., March 9, 2017, 1:13 p.m.
The House follows the Senate and gives overwhelming support to a bill to allow school districts another year of extra property tax authority.
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017
Spokane Public Schools needs 53 classrooms to meet new state class-size mandates; Central Valley meeting requirements
Spokane Public Schools is still 53 classrooms short of meeting the state’s new K-3 class-size mandates. And, the state’s second-largest district likely won’t meet the requirements by next year.
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 10:01 p.m.
Some 5,500 demonstrators fill the Capitol steps to demand more money for public schools.
Mon., Dec. 5, 2016, 5:50 p.m.
Sen. Mike Baumgartner files amendment to state constitution calling for Legislature to have sole authority to set school funding
How to come up with enough money for public schools is likely to consume much of the 2017 legislative session, but a Spokane senator has a suggestion to redirect the …
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 4:32 p.m.
Estimate of $1.75 billion per year extra for public schools put into Washington’s budget outlook.
Thu., June 16, 2016, 1:17 p.m.
Imagine the Legislature was in charge of funding Washington State University athletics, and Bill Moos was in charge of paying the bills for state schools.
Sun., June 12, 2016, 4 a.m.
School’s almost out but the argument over proper funding for public education is unlikely to take a vacation based on recent court filings.
Thu., June 9, 2016, 1:53 p.m.
Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction says it may be time to consider shutting down the state’s K-12 public schools until the Legislature makes progress toward fully paying for education.
Wed., May 11, 2016, 4:43 p.m.
Committee report tells the Supreme Court what Legislature did and didn’t do to meet obligations to public schools.
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016, 3:59 p.m.
House gives final approval to task force to develop public school tax plan.
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016, 2:55 p.m.
Nearing the halfway point of the 60-day Washington legislative session, here are some other bills that still can pass, and others that appear to be dead.
Wed., Feb. 3, 2016, 5:43 p.m.
The House Higher Education Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a proposal that would make community and technical college tuition free for anyone who doesn’t already have a bachelor’s degree.
Thu., Jan. 28, 2016, 10:09 a.m.
Washington’s Senate Education Committee has passed an alternative plan for fixing the way the state pays for public schools.
Mon., Jan. 25, 2016, 12:02 p.m.
The Washington House has passed a bill that would instruct the 2017 Legislature to finish fixing the way the state pays for public schools.
Thu., Jan. 21, 2016, 5:53 p.m.
The state budget director said Thursday lawmakers will not finish the work required to fix the way Washington pays for public schools during this legislative session, because they require deadline …
Sat., Sept. 12, 2015
OLYMPIA – A fourth special session of the Washington Legislature could be called for mid-November to deal with legal questions surrounding public schools and their financing. Gov. Jay Inslee said …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 11, 2015, 2:52 p.m.
OLYMPIA — The Legislature could hold a special session starting in mid November to deal with legal questions surrounding public schools. But Gov. Jay Inslee said he’ll only call one …
Sun., Aug. 16, 2015
Like a desperate college student trying to resolve an “incomplete,” the Washington Legislature submitted its progress report on satisfying the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision; then discovered what it already knew. …
Fri., Aug. 14, 2015
OLYMPIA – Enough already with promises to fix the state’s schools, the state Supreme Court told the Legislature on Thursday. Until the Legislature establishes a concrete plan, it’ll cost the …
Sun., July 26, 2015
OLYMPIA – The Legislature sends its latest report to the state Supreme Court this week on how it’s stepping up to the plate on educating Washington’s children, an exercise that …
Sat., April 18, 2015
OLYMPIA – A proposed change in the way school districts levy property taxes and help pay their teachers was described by Republican supporters as “revenue neutral” when introduced this week. …
Sun., Jan. 11, 2015
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., Sept. 7, 2014
Law enforcement agencies may not be getting much love in most of the country after images of heavily armed cops filled news coverage of protests in Ferguson, Missouri. But here …