- Washington state may extend a pandemic graduation waiver program until 2024
- Mar 24, 7:25 AM: The Washington State Board of Education may extend a program that waives some graduation requirements for students who’ve faced hardships during the pandemic.
- Washington spends $18,175 per student, according to new budget numbers
- > Mar 21, 9:27 AM: Average per-student funding in Washington state is $18,175, according to new 2021-2022 school year budget numbers from fiscal.wa.gov, the state’s revenue and expenditure data website. That compares to the national average of $14,418
- Seattle teachers rally to be included in district decisions
- > Mar 17, 8:49 AM: Seattle educators are pushing back against Seattle Public Schools’ move to make masks optional in classrooms and buses — an issue the teachers union says exemplifies repeated “unilateral decision making” by the
- Editorial: Charter-school audit is accountability in action
- Mar 16, 9:08 AM: A routine audit that revealed three Puget Sound-area charter schools previously employed unlicensed teachers should alleviate critics’ fears about oversight of the public charter school system.
- Unlicensed teachers taught in 3 WA charter schools, audit finds
- > Mar 9, 9:39 AM: Washington state auditors say a group of charter schools in the Puget Sound region allowed two dozen unlicensed teachers to instruct classes during the 2019-2020 school year, a violation of state law that resulted in the schools
- Column: The opportunity to re-think public education is now
- Mar 4, 7:00 AM: Washingtonians now pay nearly $17,000 per student, per year, for K-12 public education, more than tuition at most private schools. That is more than $400,000 for a classroom of 25 students. What are the results?
- Editorial: Leave charter-school funds in the budget
- Mar 3, 8:48 AM: Since state lawmakers again failed to address the systematic underfunding of public charter schools this session, they should include money in the supplemental budget to offer short-term relief.
- Keeping kids in school during the pandemic has been tough. In WA, at least 29,000 can’t be found.
- > Feb 14, 9:53 AM: Around the state and country, school districts have grappled with big enrollment drops and high numbers of disengaged students during the pandemic — to the extent that some, as far as educators know, have gone missing. They are not
- Schools get mastery-based learning grants
- > Feb 2, 6:35 AM: The awards, announced Jan. 20, are for a three-year term with the first year of funding providing $40,000 to each of the respective districts for their innovative education programs. While QSD will allocate the funding to the
- Opinion: Charters are solid alternatives to Washington’s traditional public schools
- Jan 26, 6:36 AM: Historically, Washington has been slow to adopt creative alternative education options. Charter schools are a prime example, as Washington was the 42nd state to sign charter schools into law.
- Editorial: Fix the law to improve charter schools
- Jan 24, 9:13 AM: Washington’s public charter schools have faced fierce resistance, particularly from the state teacher’s union, since voters approved them by initiative a decade ago.
- Opinion: How a Supreme Court ruling might upend Washington charter schools
- Dec 29, 8:43 AM: A quirk of history and misaligned constitutional provisions soon could kill public charter schools in Washington state. A case before the U.S. Supreme Court would make that happen.
- Rep. Jim Walsh Files School Choice Bill to ‘Empower Washington Families’
- > Dec 14, 6:56 AM: House Bill 1633 would create a state Family Empowerment Scholarship Program to offer $10,000-a-year scholarships to up to 100,000 K-12 students and their families in Washington state. The scholarships could be used for tuition,
- Black Educators Closing Equity Gaps for African American Students
- > Dec 9, 6:18 AM: The academic achievement gap between white and BIPOC students has been well documented. Black and Hispanic students trail their white peers by an average of more than 20 points in math and reading assessments, a difference of about
- Shorter summer breaks? Washington districts study changing school calendar
- > Nov 5, 7:06 AM: According to Washington State’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 18 school districts and one charter school are using grant funding to explore shortening the traditional summer break to allow for what’s known as a
- Lighting the Way: Shauna Edwards starts a school for teen parents
- Oct 28, 8:41 AM: "My door is always open,” says Edwards, the founder and executive director of Lumen, the first charter school in Eastern Washington to serve teen parents.
- As Seattle Schools’ busing woes persist, it has few options to ding its contractor
- > Oct 25, 6:24 AM: Then last week the district made the drastic move to cut 142 bus routes, leaving families with more predictability, but also more headaches. As the district scrambles to find rides for kids, some major questions remain about the
- Seattle parents rush to find ways to get kids to school after district suspends 142 bus routes
- Oct 19, 8:15 AM: Thousands of Seattle families scrambled to get their children to and from school Monday after Seattle Public Schools slashed 142 bus routes.
- Opinion: Seattle Public Schools’ delta dysfunction
- Sep 15, 9:26 AM: Without a more nimble approach to COVID contingencies, WA's largest school district risks losing vital state funding — and parent trust.
- Thousands of Washington students begin the year behind in their studies
- > Sep 1, 12:34 PM: With school starting this week, no one is disputing that thousands of children are already behind. “It's more of a reality statistically. One thing that we found is that scholars that had good grades, eighty percent of them, their