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Dorn’s real target is the Legislature

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.

Dorn preparing legal action against school districts

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.

Crowded field for Washington schools chief race

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.

Editorial: Patience needed on school funding

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.

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.

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, 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.

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 have answers yet, but here are some that do. Q. Why did the court say charter schools are unconstitutional?

Washington releases student scores from new Smarter Balanced tests

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.

Charter schools groups say rule changes unexpected

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.

Washington lawmaker takes aim at summer learning gap

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.

ESDs prove invaluable to small school districts

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.