Stories tagged: school funding
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 9:24 a.m.
2018 Washington Legislature faces heavy lifting on money for schools, construction projects, water rights law
The 2018 Legislature faces some familiar issues, including a final fix for public schools, a construction budget left over from last year and a possible tax on carbon pollution.
Thu., June 22, 2017, 5 a.m.
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 …
UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 9:55 p.m.
Idaho Gov. Otter wants more education improvements, tax cuts
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, in his annual address to the business community on Wednesday, touted the state’s current economic growth and said it’s proof his strategy during the recession worked, …
Tue., May 23, 2017, 8:28 p.m.
Mississippi accused of unequal schooling for black students
Mississippi is denying good schools to African American students in violation of the federal law that enabled the state to rejoin the union after the Civil War, a legal group …
Sun., May 7, 2017, 2:18 p.m.
Cuts put spotlight on student race questions on Los Angeles school forms
Across the country, school districts have long grappled with desegregation and pursued a range of policies including changing boundaries, opening magnet schools and focusing resources on campuses with nonwhite students.
Fri., April 28, 2017, 8:39 p.m.
Court upholds ruling dismissing Idaho from school fees suit
The Idaho Supreme Court says the state can’t be named as a defendant in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the fees many public schools charge for classes, supplies and …
UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Idaho Senate approves school budget, sends it to Gov. Otter
A budget for Idaho’s public schools for next year that reflects 6.3 percent increase in funding cleared the Idaho Senate on a series of unanimous votes Wednesday, and headed to …
UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 5:41 p.m.
Idaho House passes school budget with just handful of dissenters
The Idaho House passed all seven bills that make up the K-12 public schools budget on Monday with no debate and just a handful of “no” votes.
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 10:15 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers back 6.3% funding boost for schools
Idaho lawmakers set a budget Monday for K-12 public schools for next year at $1.7 billion, a 6.3 percent increase in state funding over this year, and slightly less than …
Sun., Jan. 22, 2017
Whose business is it when GOP lawmakers will have a school funding plan? All of ours.
The state Senate’s Republican leader tells a reporter “it’s none of your business” when asked when lawmakers come up with a plan for public schools, then apologizes. Sort of.
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.
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 6:05 p.m.
Washington task force struggles to outline education fixes as deadline approaches
Washington lawmakers debate possible costs of better schools, and the taxes to pay for them, as the start of the 2017 Legislature approaches.
Sun., Dec. 18, 2016
Finally, an education plan to debate
The governor’s plan is already being criticized, but remember this: After more than three decades of kicking this can, it’s the first time someone picked it up.
Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, 7:11 a.m.
Feds give states more time to bolster struggling schools
States will have more time to identify failing schools as part of new Obama administration rules aimed at supporting troubled public schools and students who are struggling.
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.
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
John Kinney: Basic education funding is elementary
If the problem is not fixed by spring of 2017, then each school board should send a note to their representative stating that the first day of school will be …
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.
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 …
Thu., June 16, 2016, 1:17 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Imagine if the tables were turned on school and athletics funding
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.
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.
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
Mon., March 21, 2016, 3:54 p.m.
Idaho House overwhelmingly OKs school budget, though Barbieri worries taxpayers can’t afford it
A public school budget that makes way for a 7.4 percent funding increase passed the Idaho House overwhelmingly on Monday, though one North Idaho lawmaker voted against all seven pieces …
Mon., Feb. 29, 2016, 11:20 a.m.
Idaho lawmakers call for boost to school funding
Idaho’s legislative budget writers set a public school budget today that reflects a 6.8 percent increase in state funds for next year, but several additional pieces that still are pending …
Tue., Feb. 23, 2016
Opinions offer historical perspective
A glimpse back at history can offer perspective on current events.
Thu., Jan. 28, 2016, 4 p.m.
Ybarra calls for 7.5 percent increase in Idaho education spending
Idaho state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra told lawmakers she wants a new education culture in Idaho, “to provide high-quality education while moving way from a very rigid philosophy of over-testing, …
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., 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 …