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A lawsuit filed against Spokane Public Schools by the
Dorn’s lawsuit helps illuminate how some districts have gotten by even as state lawmakers shirked their duty. It also shows how the inequity in funding continued to grow.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn is suing seven of Washington’s largest school districts, saying they are illegally using local property tax levies to supplement employee salaries that should by paid out of the state budget.
EVERETT – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn said he plans to sue a few school districts that use local levies to pay teachers because they don’t get enough from the state.
Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn is under fire for asking a student about his immigration status.
School’s almost out but the argument over proper funding for public education is unlikely to take a vacation based on recent court filings.
There’s a crowded field of candidates vying to be Washington’s next superintendent of public instruction, but the three top candidates all bring something new to the contest.
It’s clear that the Legislature has moved too slowly, but it’s not accurate to claim that it hasn’t moved at all. Don’t disrupt this delicate process.
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.
Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn said Thursday he will not run for governor.
For about $5 per student in Washington’s public schools, every parent could know if the drinking water in their child’s school was free of lead.
Schools will lose state funding next week unless stopgap arrangement with Springdale school district carries they into next year.
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, the state’s top education official said Wednesday. Superintendent of Public Schools Randy Dorn urged Gov. Jay Inslee to call a special session to address Friday’s decision on charter schools, as well as an earlier ruling that the Legislature has not developed a plan to deal with another legal problem: the way some school districts use local tax money to pay for expenses that are the responsibility of the state.
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 have answers yet, but here are some that do. Q. Why did the court say charter schools are unconstitutional?
OLYMPIA – The raw numbers may look worse, but state school officials said the results should be seen as better from standardized tests that students in many grades of Washington public schools took last year. “Learning for kids actually went up,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn said in announcing results for the new Smarter Balanced Assessment tests.
Tomie Tsosie Leeds made the honor roll again with a 3.5 grade-point average. Now if he can only graduate.
As Travis Franklin prepares to open a new charter school in Northeast Spokane, he worries the state is changing the ground rules by rushing through new regulations on staffing and pay that make charters too much like standard public schools. “The whole point of passing the initiative and having charter schools was doing something different,” said Franklin, head of school for the Spokane International Academy, scheduled to open this fall in the old St. Patrick’s School.
Swimming, riding bikes or playing video games all summer might sound like fun for a kid, but the consequences of setting aside learning for 11 or 12 weeks are profound. Dozens of studies have found students lose reading and math skills during a traditional summer break; that loss is even more pronounced in low-income children.
At a time when money for education remains tight, taxpayers are spending about a quarter-billion dollars each year on a little-known bureaucracy that operates between local schools and Olympia. Dozens of public employees in these agencies earn six-figure incomes.
Unless you’re an educator, state lawmaker or K-12 policy wonk, you might not have heard about the Common Core. If you have children in school, however, you soon will.