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Wally Watson: Olympia is limiting our ability to support our own children’s education

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.


Spokane Public Schools board: State’s work funding Washington education isn’t done yet

The Legislature believes its work funding Washington education is finished; we disagree.


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, 8:10 p.m.

Teacher victory: Kentucky House overrides tax increase veto

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017, 11:32 a.m.

Washington budget deal ‘close’ as deadline and layoffs looms

With five days to a partial government shutdown, lawmakers continue secret negotiations and state workers have notices of a potential layoff.


Teachers, parents and legislators gather for school funding forum

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 …


Lockwood, Ladwig: Don’t leave special-needs students behind

Both proposed education budget bills, SB 5607 and HB 1843 (to address McCleary v. State) increase funding for nearly every program except special education.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 10 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers approve modest budget increase for higher ed

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.


Local educators praise Inslee’s funding plan, but express concerns about levy reductions

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.


Chicago lays off almost 500 teachers, another 500 school-based workers

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 …


Kansas legislators wrestle with court mandate on schools

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 …


Eye on Boise: Idaho college funding still lagging

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 …


Washington legislative session expected to be shorter, focused on education

Issues the Washington Legislature will face include education funding, charter schools and carbon pollution.


Shawn Vestal: Lawmakers have authority to fund schools, not necessarily ability

The Washington Supreme Court has diagnosed the illness correctly. But the justices must wish they could prescribe a different treatment. The court has held the Legislature in contempt of court …


Washington Legislature wraps up session

OLYMPIA – The Legislature’s final day of the 2015 session went smoothly, in contrast to many of the 175 days that preceded it. The House moved swiftly to pass three …


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 …


Tykes to get new trikes, thanks to governor giving away raise

The children in Jennifer Gonzalez’s preschool class at Windsor Elementary next fall probably won’t care, but they will owe their new tricycles in large part to a citizens commission that …


Idaho teachers get pay boost

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers set a $1.48 billion public school budget on Friday, matching Gov. Butch Otter’s call for a 7.4 percent increase and fully funding the first year of …


Teacher pay bill widely supported

BOISE – Something rare emerged in the Idaho Legislature on Friday: consensus on a major teacher pay bill. Teachers, school districts, lawmakers and state officials all backed the new plan, …


Inslee: Closing tax breaks still key to meeting school funding order

Gov. Jay Inslee is steering clear of suggesting what the state Supreme Court should do to force the Legislature to comply with orders to spend more on public schools. Lawyers …


Q&A: Spokane Valley state House candidates Christian, Wilhite, McCaslin

4th District House questions All three candidates for 4th Legislative District Representative, position 1 were asked the same questions on key issues. Here are their answers.


Washington state Supreme Court blasts lawmakers over school funding plan

OLYMPIA – A recent report on how the state will spend more money on education is so inadequate the state Supreme Court threatened Thursday to hold the Legislature in contempt. …


Jay Inslee mentions taxes, education in State of the State address

OLYMPIA – Washington should raise its minimum wage, spend more on schools and highways, raise teacher salaries and do something about climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday. “We have …


Education, transportation top priorities of Washington Legislature

OLYMPIA – The 2014 session of the Washington Legislature may be one of short duration, small tweaks and low expectations. Legislators will continue last year’s struggles over roads and abortion. …


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 …


We’re failing in our commitment to education

For a bunch of supposedly smart adults, we’re acting pretty dumb about education. It’s not the way we like to think of ourselves, here in the Evergreen State. After all, …


Idaho dismissed from school lawsuit

BOISE – A state judge has agreed to dismiss the state from a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the fees many public schools charge for classes and the legality of …


Inslee, McKenna square off at Bing

The two leading candidates for Washington governor debated for the first time on Tuesday and agreed that new taxes aren’t needed to improve schools. But they disagreed on most other …


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 …


Bill allowing tax credits for private school donations stalls in Idaho

BOISE - On the final day of Idaho’s legislative session, Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, reluctantly backed off of his proposal to grant a $10 million-a-year state tax credit for …


GOP proposes ‘Education First’

OLYMPIA – House Republicans, who say they are fed up with the slow pace of the budgeting process in a session in which that was supposed to be the main …