Stories tagged: public schools
Thu., April 13, 2017
Mary Anne Stuckart: As public schools improve, so does our democracy
I look back with joy and satisfaction on my career as an educator. In 1981, I began teaching preschool at a local church. Much to my delight, in August of …
UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 9:41 p.m.
Washington Senate passes $43 billion budget after midnight on 25-24 vote
The Senate narrowly approved a $43 billion operating budget early Friday that attempts to improve Washington schools and pay for it by raising property taxes in some parts of the …
UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 9:36 a.m.
Senate Republicans push through massive property tax shift as part of school reform plan
Senate Republicans pushed through a massive shift in property taxes as a way of balancing their two-year, $43 billion spending plan and the school reforms it would contain.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 3:09 p.m.
Protest marks public school visit by new education secretary Betsy DeVos
Betsy DeVos was met with shouts of “stand up, fight back” from angry protesters as she made her first visit to a public school Friday as education secretary. Several dozen …
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017
Jay Ambrose: Schools can chart a better course
Betsy DeVos played a large role in expanding charter schools in Michigan, and critics say the consequences have been awful. That’s false.
Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 6 a.m.
Sunscreen would no longer be a banned substance in schools under a new Washington law
Whether they know it or not, students in Washington schools may have an illegal substance in their purses, backpacks or gym bags.
Fri., Feb. 3, 2017
Spin Control: ‘Alternative facts’ abound in Washington political debates
Accusing someone of “alternative facts” seems to be just a slightly nicer way of calling them a liar.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 7:15 p.m.
Washington Senate passes major overhaul of school taxes and spending
Major overhaul of public school passes Senate on 25-24 vote, faces long road of negotiations ahead.
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 10:16 p.m.
Washington Senate could vote on major school changes this week
Republicans push their proposed overhaul of public school funding and policies toward a vote in the full Senate.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 10:35 p.m.
GOP proposes major changes in the way Washington taxes and spends on public schools
Senate Republicans propose major change in the way, and how much, Washington pays for public schools.
Fri., Jan. 20, 2017
Time to tighten vaccination law
State lawmakers are not justified in allowing the personal exemption, which is one of the reasons the state’s compliance rate is relatively low. Past efforts to tighten the law have …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 10:01 p.m.
Thousands tell Washington lawmakers to spend more on schools
Some 5,500 demonstrators fill the Capitol steps to demand more money for public schools.
Mon., Jan. 9, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Washington Legislature opens with conciliatory words, but school-funding task force derails on party lines
Legislative leaders call for members to work together but a special task force on school funding deadlocks after seven months of work without meeting key task.
Sun., Jan. 8, 2017, 6:45 a.m.
The Washington Legislature: School funding, mental health care top lawmakers’ agenda
Some things to look for after the Washington Legislature opens Monday and embarks on its 2017 session.
Thu., Dec. 22, 2016, 4:17 a.m.
To Trump’s education pick, the U.S. public school system is a ‘dead end’
Many people in the education world are trying to learn as much as they can about Betsy DeVos, the Michigan billionaire tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to be education secretary. …
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 4:32 p.m.
Will Washington schools get $1.75 billion more in 2018? Panel split.
Estimate of $1.75 billion per year extra for public schools put into Washington’s budget outlook.
Sun., Sept. 11, 2016
Spin Control: Court session on McCleary foreshadows legislative fight
Wednesday’s court hearing offered a preview of next year’s contentious session.
Thu., July 14, 2016, 10:38 a.m.
Washington Supreme Court orders attorneys back on school funding case
Attorneys for the state and families challenging the amount Washington spends on its public schools were ordered Thursday to return to the Supreme Court for another round of arguments.
Thu., June 9, 2016, 1:53 p.m.
State superintendent: May be time to close schools
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.
Thu., May 12, 2016, 8:51 p.m.
Transgender public school students may use bathroom of choice, U.S. directive says
Public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity, according to an Obama administration directive issued amid a court fight between …
Wed., May 11, 2016, 4:43 p.m.
Public school improvements listed in report to court
Committee report tells the Supreme Court what Legislature did and didn’t do to meet obligations to public schools.
Thu., May 5, 2016
Civics lessons sorely lacking in schools
In Washington state, just one week of civics instruction is required in just six of the nine years of schooling between fourth grade and graduation. And, judging by the lack …
Wed., March 23, 2016, 11:09 a.m.
Public education budget headed to Idaho governor’s desk
Idaho’s public schools funding proposal for fiscal year 2017 – the largest share of the state’s budget – is headed to Gov. Butch Otter’s desk
Thu., March 10, 2016, 4:18 p.m.
Charter school “fix” sent to Gov. Jay Inslee
A possible fix to Washington’s charter school law received final approval from lawmakers Thursday, giving the schools a chance of staying open with Lottery money.
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016, 3:59 p.m.
House supports creation of task force to solve education funding problem next year
House gives final approval to task force to develop public school tax plan.
Sat., Sept. 12, 2015
Inslee open to special session if schools plan emerges
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.
Special session possible on school issues
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 …
Thu., Sept. 10, 2015
Washington education chief wants special session on charter schools
OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature should hold a special session to help charter school students “caught in the middle” of a recent Supreme Court decision that their schools are unconstitutional, …
Wed., Sept. 9, 2015
Charter schools Q&A: Impact of ruling will take time to sort out
After a divided state Supreme Court ruled Friday that charter schools are unconstitutional, there were many questions about the future of those schools and their students. Not all those questions …
Wed., Aug. 27, 2014
Washington AG warns high court of ‘slippery slope’ in public education case
OLYMPIA – The Washington Supreme Court should not go down a “slippery slope” and punish the Legislature because it didn’t come up with a complete plan to improve public schools, …