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Jami Lund: Schools don’t need another property tax hike

While much attention is focused on the legislature’s state capital gains income tax, a much more significant tax increase to bail out school districts – Senate Bill 5313 – has …


Most Spokane County property owners will pay less in taxes this year as school funding changes

Four out of five property owners in Spokane County will pay less on their property tax bill in 2019 compared to last year. The bulk of that savings has to …


Spokane Public Schools opens online ‘thought exchange’ for input on McCleary fix

The McCleary fix needs more fixing, and the state has yet to figure out a solution.


Legislature looking for ways to fix the ‘McCleary fix’

School districts and lawmakers across the state struggle with some of the things the McCleary fix didn’t fix.


Spokane Public Schools board: State’s work funding Washington education isn’t done yet

The Legislature believes its work funding Washington education is finished; we disagree.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 9:09 a.m.

Major changes around corner for Spokane middle schools

Spokane Public Schools will soon make some major changes in the landscape of its middle schools, and they have more to do with new attitudes than state-of-the-art buildings.


Partnership between school’s Mark Anderson, city’s Rick Romero led to landmark school and library bonds

It probably won’t be a bestseller, but Mark Anderson and Rick Romero just wrote the book on local intergovernmental cooperation.


$495 million Spokane Public Schools bond: Digging into the details

Tuesday’s election answered a big question for Spokane Public Schools, but it posed a few more.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

Spokane Public Schools planning to reduce staffing through attrition to pay for teacher raises

After delivering large pay raises for teachers and other staff, Spokane Public Schools administrators are now looking to shrink the size of its workforce.


Tentative deal reached in Central Valley School District teachers’ contract negotiations

After weeks of slow progress in salary negotiations, the Central Valley School District and its teachers’ union sprinted to the finish line Monday night to reach a tentative agreement on …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 10:18 p.m.

With new raises in employee contract, Spokane School Board agrees to spend more than it earns this school year

The budget approved by the Spokane School Board on Wednesday hints at wage increases in employee contract.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 11:02 p.m.

Spokane teachers urge school board to give $28 million in pay raises

Teachers turned up in large numbers and turned up the volume Wednesday night in their ongoing contract talks with the Spokane Public Schools district.


‘We love you, Lindsey’: Family, friends remember McCleary girl who disappeared in 2009

Tables in the church foyer were lined with photos of Lindsey Baum, from when she was a baby up to age 10. There she was in a cowboy hat, in …


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 2:41 p.m.

Jim Kowalkowski: Beyond McCleary: We now have more losers than winners

The recent Washington state Supreme Court ruling that ended the McCleary lawsuit does not mean that K-12 public education funding issues have all been resolved. In fact, we now have …


Spin Control: Enough credit and blame to go around on McCleary

With the McCleary case over, Democrats and Republicans differ on who gets credit or blame.


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 10:59 a.m.

Legislature met its duty on public schools, Supreme Court says

Washington Supreme Court says Legislature has complied with orders to meet a constitutional duty to provide for better schools.


‘Bargain now,’ Kennewick teachers demand. District says not so fast.

Hundreds of Kennewick teachers, nurses and other certificated workers rallied and marched Tuesday, saying the school district is getting millions more from the state for their salaries and benefits but …


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 9:20 p.m.

Lawmakers to court: We did what you ordered on school reforms

Committee says the Legislature has complied with state Supreme Court order to meet its duty and give adequate financial support to public schools.


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.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, 3:23 p.m.

West Valley School District asking voters for two tax levies

Voters in the West Valley School District will decide the fate of two tax proposals in February.


Guest Opinion: Neal Kirby: Equity problems remain after court’s school ruling

The court didn’t rule on the equity issues. The McCleary court case only deals with the “ample provision” clause.


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.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 10:46 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools prepares to ask voters for levy in February

Spokane Public Schools will ask voters to approve a new, cheaper maintenance and operation levy in February’s special election.


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.


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 10:06 p.m.

Washington lawmakers to court: Promise kept on education

A special committee says the Legislature has fulfilled its promise to enact school reforms. Not so fast, says an attorney for families who successfully sued the state over inadequate support …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

Inslee signs improvements for schools, ends five-year struggle over funding

Major changes to Washington’s public school system, and the taxes that pay for it, become law.


Funding special education: Lawmakers, advocates look to patch budget shortfalls

Lack of funding for special education is a statewide issue, one that isn’t going to be fixed anytime soon, according to Stacy Gillet, the director of the King County ARC …


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.


Shawn Vestal: Legislature collects another F over school funding

Ho hum. The Legislature flunks again.


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 …