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Stories tagged: class size


Be smart about class-size funding

Lawmakers did shrink K-3 class sizes, which is where research shows it does the most good. The benefits wane in the upper grades, so there are smarter ways to spend …


Spokane Public Schools needs 53 classrooms to meet new state class-size mandates; Central Valley meeting requirements

Spokane Public Schools is still 53 classrooms short of meeting the state’s new K-3 class-size mandates. And, the state’s second-largest district likely won’t meet the requirements by next year.


Editorial: Editorial: Class-size mandate doesn’t add up

In a perfect scenario, the finance question would’ve been posed when I-1351 was first proposed. Disconnecting the funding from the idea was politically smart, but it only delayed the day …


Senate could vote on delaying class-size changes today

OLYMPIA – An agreement that would allow the Legislature to fill a potential $2 billion budget hole, finish work and adjourn for the year was announced Wednesday by Senate leaders. …


Editorial: Lawmakers should put I-1351 on hold, for now

Washington legislators must make Initiative 1351 go away, at least for the next four years. The $38.2 billion budget they passed last week did many good things, but it did …


Two gun control issues will be on Washington ballot

OLYMPIA – Washington voters will face a pair of gun control issues this fall and will probably decide whether to have fewer students in some public school classes. But, because …


Washington class size initiative signatures ready

SEATTLE — Sponsors of an initiative to decrease Washington public school class sizes plan to turn in more than 325,000 signatures to the Washington secretary of state’s office on Wednesday. …


Principals to take pay cut; district will recall teachers

Spokane Public Schools principals have agreed to a voluntary 3 percent pay cut, a move that will help the school district offset a $13.1 million budget shortfall. Additionally, the remaining …


Principals agree to pay cut; remaining staff recalled

Spokane Public Schools principals have agreed to a 3 percent pay cut, a move that will help the school district offset a $13.1 million budget shortfall.


100 Spokane teachers receiving recall notices

Spokane Public Schools recalled 100 teachers Monday after the school board decided to not increase class size in the elementary grades. Of the 238 employees who received pink slips in …


Editorial: Idaho school reform plan starts talks for solutions

The reality is that Idaho needs to change its public school system after being hit last year with a $128.5 million budget cut. Gov. Butch Otter’s newest budget holds education …


GOP Caucus tackles concerns about school reform

BOISE – Idaho senators raised new concerns Tuesday about increasing class sizes in the state’s schools, as state schools Supt. Tom Luna’s sweeping school reform plan remained stalled on the …


Lawmaker, protesters take aim at Idaho school reform plan

BOISE – A controversial school reform plan that calls for larger classes, fewer teachers and more technology may be pulled back for changes at the urging of a Coeur d’Alene …


Idaho Senate panel passes heavily-opposed education reform measures

BOISE – A controversial plan to raise school class sizes in Idaho while boosting technology and teacher merit pay cleared a Senate committee late Thursday, after two weeks of intense …


Latest reform plan for Idaho schools would tweak laptop, online rules

BOISE – A retooled version of Idaho Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna’s school reform plan was introduced Monday, but there was no change in the most controversial provision: Raising class …