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It is well past time to stop adding unnecessary barriers, and give ALL children with disabilities the support they need to thrive and fulfill their potential.
The state’s levy restrictions went too far, and now districts in Eastern Washington are facing budget cuts. There are solutions, but senators such as Schoesler and Holy apparently are opposed.
The Legislature believes its work funding Washington education is finished; we disagree.
In 2000, Colorado taxpayers footed 68 percent of the costs of a college degree, with students chipping in about one-third.
With the chants of hundreds of teachers ringing in their ears, Kentucky lawmakers voted Friday to override the Republican governor’s veto of a two-year state budget that increases public education spending with the help of a more than $480 million tax increase.
A number of rural Idaho school districts are struggling to lure licensed teachers into classrooms causing the districts to hire more unlicensed educators. The Twin Falls School District recently hired 20 unlicensed teachers this year with more educators pursuing alternative routes to earning a state teaching certificate, The Times-News reported...
With five days to a partial government shutdown, lawmakers continue secret negotiations and state workers have notices of a potential layoff.
Two hundred educators and their allies turned out Saturday morning for a public school funding forum and rally at Roosevelt Elementary School in Vancouver. They told a panel of local legislators that they are worried about every aspect of their students’ educational needs after years of insufficient funding.
Both proposed education budget bills, SB 5607 and HB 1843 (to address McCleary v. State) increase funding for nearly every program except special education.
A modest budget increase of 2.7 percent for Idaho’s four-year colleges and universities won unanimous approval from legislative budget writers on Tuesday.
Washington State Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, is taking some heat after snapping at a freelance reporter who asked when Republican leaders intend to release their education funding plan.
Washington lawmakers debate possible costs of better schools, and the taxes to pay for them, as the start of the 2017 Legislature approaches.
Some local educators are cautiously optimistic about the education funding plan announced Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee, praising the increased funding but questioning whether the plan will be approved.
Comparing pay for teachers and other public school employees around Washington is difficult, experts tell lawmakers as the Legislature tries to figure out how much the state must spend to improve basic education.
Determining how much teachers should be paid is a complicated task, consultants tell lawmakers.
Chicago Public Schools is laying off almost 500 teachers and another 500 school-based staff members, the district said Friday. The teachers being laid off will be eligible to apply for jobs in the district, which has about 1,000 teaching vacancies, officials said. The majority of affected personnel are expected to be hired into open positions at other schools, CPS said.
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 may shut down. The GOP-dominated Legislature was in the second day of a special session forced by a state Supreme Court ruling on education funding last month. Lawmakers were struggling with how to pay for a $38 million increase in aid to poor school districts for 2016-17.
A new national report charts reduced state investment in higher education and rising tuition across the country, with Idaho ranking fairly poorly – the report found that state spending on higher ed per student in Idaho remains 30.8 percent below pre-recession levels, when adjusted for inflation, the seventh-highest percentage in the country.
Issues the Washington Legislature will face include education funding, charter schools and carbon pollution.