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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: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 9:44 a.m.

Mead schools, teachers union reach tentative contract; legislator calls for state intervention in strikes

Mead School District officials and the district’s teachers union have reached a tentative contract agreement, with union members scheduled to vote on it Monday evening.


Washington school district teachers get bats for security

A rural school district in Eastern Washington is arming its teachers and staff with tee-ball bats in case of an active shooter.


Spin Control: Justice won’t recuse herself from charter school case because of speech

Senator says speech means Supreme Court justice should remove herself from upcoming case. She says he’s wrong.


Big victory for charter schools and students

Thus far, charter schools have demonstrated an ability to close the opportunity gap by improving outcomes for students who struggled in traditional settings.


Federal government gives $6.9 million to Washington charter schools

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Washington charter schools a $6.9 million grant on Wednesday.


Snohomish County schools offer top teacher salaries in state

Six of Snohomish County’s school districts top the list for offering the highest teacher salaries in the state. Everett School District pays the most, with a top base salary of …


Striking Seattle teachers, district reach tentative deal

SEATTLE — Seattle teachers reached a tentative agreement with the city’s school district as their strike entered its fifth day Tuesday, but they will stay on the picket lines pending …


Mead teachers will not join Spokane Public Schools walkout

Mead School District teachers will not join teachers in Spokane Public Schools and the East Valley School District in a walkout on Wednesday. The teachers voted Friday morning against a …


Spokane teachers approve May 27 strike

Spokane Public Schools teachers and staff voted Wednesday to have a one-day walkout on May 27 to protest a lack of state funding for schools. More than 65 percent of …


Washington loses control of some federal education funding

The refusal of Washington lawmakers to tie students’ state test scores to teacher evaluations could result in a loss of in-school programs that help struggling kids. And that may leave …


Teachers union leads in state lobbying costs

SEATTLE – The Washington Education Association spends more on lobbying the Legislature than any other group and more than twice as much as the next-highest lobbying organization, a health care …


Groups file legal challenge to Washington charter schools initiative

SEATTLE — A coalition of educators and community groups on Wednesday filed a legal challenge with the state attorney general, questioning the constitutionality of Washington’s new charter schools law.


More states exploring move to arm teachers

A movement to arm teachers is gaining traction across the country in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shooting that killed 20 children and six adults. Free firearms safety training …


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 …


Teachers union backs Inslee for governor

SEATTLE – The state’s largest teachers union endorsed U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee for governor after Attorney General Rob McKenna backed out of plans to speak to the organization’s leadership on …


Administrators out of school budget woes’ reach

While private-sector and state workers have taken hits during the economic downturn, many public school administrators have seen their pay remain steady or increase. Spokane Public Schools officials – from …


Smart Bombs: Think time for WEA

After the state Senate passed a bill that redefines basic education and commits the state to financing the transition, Washington Education Association President Mary Lindquist hit the send button on …


Teachers union settles, will refund nonmembers

OLYMPIA – Washington’s teachers union has agreed to pay nearly $1 million to settle state allegations that it improperly spent nonmembers’ money on politics. The settlement includes up to $240,000 …