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UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

State Senate approves comprehensive sex ed requirements for public schools

The Senate approved a bill requiring all public schools offer medically accurate, comprehensive sex education geared to children at all grade levels.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Student immigration status would be protected under Washington Senate bill

A student’s immigration or citizenship status would be protected and law enforcement officers couldn’t get it without a valid judicial warrant under a bill being considered by a Senate panel.


Spokane International Academy seeks expansion as charter school popularity grows in region

The three-year-old charter school recently inked an agreement for a new building in north Spokane worth $9.7 million. Staff say the expansion will get rid of the waiting list to …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019

Many schools in Washington at risk from earthquakes

Many of Washington’s public schools are at risk of serious damage in an earthquake, with the older buildings among the most vulnerable, a new study ordered by the Legislature said.


Most Spokane County property owners will pay less in taxes this year as school funding changes

Four out of five property owners in Spokane County will pay less on their property tax bill in 2019 compared to last year. The bulk of that savings has to …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

All school districts could need policy to protect transgender students

OLYMPIA – Making public schools more inclusive and safer for transgender students would no longer be optional in Washington if legislators pass a bill heard Monday.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019

Comprehensive sexual health courses could become school standard

Washington public schools would be required to teach comprehensive sexual health education courses that emphasize relations free from violence and coercion as well as the importance of consent, under a …


Battle Ground Public Schools board approves contract with union

Battle Ground Public Schools’ board of directors approved its contract with the teachers union Tuesday, formally marking the end of weeks of consternation over teachers’ salaries in the region.


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018

Parents and taxpayers, you have 6 days to tell state officials what you want out of Washington’s public schools

What do you want your children to get out of Washington State’s public schools? What barriers are standing between kids and their goals? What should state education officials focus on? …


DC’s public schools go from success story to cautionary tale

As recently as a year ago, the public school system in the nation’s capital was being hailed as a shining example of successful urban education reform and a template for …


Spin Control: Enough credit and blame to go around on McCleary

With the McCleary case over, Democrats and Republicans differ on who gets credit or blame.


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018

Legislature met its duty on public schools, Supreme Court says

Washington Supreme Court says Legislature has complied with orders to meet a constitutional duty to provide for better schools.


Lawsuit seeks for Idaho schools to repay student fees

A class-action lawsuit is seeking for Idaho public schools to repay the fees that many districts have charged students for classes, supplies and activities.


UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018

Charter Schools Round 2: Court questions oversight, teacher pay

The Washington Supreme Court raised questions about the commission that governs charter schools and the way the teachers are paid.


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018

Lawmakers to court: We did what you ordered on school reforms

Committee says the Legislature has complied with state Supreme Court order to meet its duty and give adequate financial support to public schools.


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018

Budgets, new laws may satisfy court order on public schools

Budget bills, other changes to state education policies and programs may satisfy Supreme Court order on providing adequate money for public schools.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018

Both sides in Senate look for property tax relief in last 3 weeks

Senate Republicans say extra money in the state coffers should mean property tax relief. Democrats say they’ll get a chance to vote on to vote on some type of relief …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

Washington Supreme Court rules that Legislature not yet done on reforming public schools

State Supreme Court tells Legislature it won’t settle for “close enough” on school reforms.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017

Major changes eyed in Idaho public school funding plan

An interim legislative committee is considering major changes to Idaho’s 23-year-old public school funding formula, including a shift to a student-based model.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017

Idaho schools chief seeks boost in education spending

Idaho’s public schools chief is seeking a 6.8 percent increase in education spending for 2018, describing it as a budget with no surprises and no new initiatives.


Lawmakers didn’t finish job on school reform, lawyer argues

Attorneys challenge the state’s claim that Legislature has met its obligation to improve public education.


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017

Washington lawmakers to court: Promise kept on education

A special committee says the Legislature has fulfilled its promise to enact school reforms. Not so fast, says an attorney for families who successfully sued the state over inadequate support …


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017

Ex-school official: Radicals taught Mexican-American program

The former leader of Arizona’s public schools defended his yearslong battle to end a popular Mexican-American history program, testifying Tuesday that he was troubled by what he described as radical …


Saudis to allow girls to play sports in public schools

Saudi Arabia’s Education Ministry says it will introduce physical education classes for girls in public schools next year, a decision that comes after years of calls by women across the …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017

Inslee signs improvements for schools, ends five-year struggle over funding

Major changes to Washington’s public school system, and the taxes that pay for it, become law.


UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017

Legislature passes $43.7 billion budget, and taxes to pay for it; Inslee signs before midnight

Washington lawmakers began the heavy lifting Friday morning of passing a $43.7 billion budget and staving off a partial government shutdown before midnight.


UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017

Washington Legislature plays beat the clock on historic budget, school changes

Record Washington budget and major change in public school policy come up for a vote Friday. Budget must pass and be signed by midnight to avoid a partial government shutdown.


Mary Anne Stuckart: As public schools improve, so does our democracy

I look back with joy and satisfaction on my career as an educator. In 1981, I began teaching preschool at a local church. Much to my delight, in August of …


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017

Washington Senate passes $43 billion budget after midnight on 25-24 vote

The Senate narrowly approved a $43 billion operating budget early Friday that attempts to improve Washington schools and pay for it by raising property taxes in some parts of the …


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017

Senate Republicans push through massive property tax shift as part of school reform plan

Senate Republicans pushed through a massive shift in property taxes as a way of balancing their two-year, $43 billion spending plan and the school reforms it would contain.