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Are member dues pushing Seattle teachers out of union?
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Dec 14, 8:08 AM: A June 2018 Supreme Court decision ruled that public workers aren’t required to pay union dues as a condition of employment, and it’s resulted in an exodus of hundreds of employees from Seattle’s public schools >
Editorial: Invest in programs that boost high school graduation
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Dec 13, 6:16 AM: Every year, 17,000 Washington high school students fail to graduate on time. The statewide graduation rate has improved to about 80 percent, but that leaves 20 percent of students still not getting the help they need to make it to >
Opinion: Charter schools welcome scrutiny as we strive to boost all students
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Dec 4, 8:31 AM: As chair of the Washington State Charter School Commission, I feel the recent Seattle Times article regarding the charter school performance audit [“New report offers early look at how well Washington’s charter schools are following >
Seattle high-school graduates will get 2 free years of community college. Here’s how it will work.
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Nov 30, 8:53 AM: Seattle joins a wave of programs across the country that have been created by lawmakers, or voters, that aim to remove the barriers to higher education by making community college tuition-free.
Portland Public Schools Could Allow Some Part-Time High School
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Nov 15, 6:50 AM: As Gov. Kate Brown calls for more analysis of the state Board of Education’s decision that allows high schoolers to take less than a full load of courses, Portland Public Schools is weighing whether to take advantage of those >
Editorial: Seattle education levy should benefit charter students, too
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Nov 13, 6:26 AM: And all public school children in Seattle should benefit from tax dollars collected in the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Program levy, including charter school students.
Recall supporters sweep Tecumseh school board
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Nov 8, 7:17 AM: The conflict began last year with the district’s implementation of mass-customized learning, project-based learning, competency-based grading and a renaming of schools and reshuffling the grades within those schools.Parents upset at >
Editorial: Preserving charter schools great news for Tacoma
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Nov 5, 7:17 AM: Last month the Washington state Supreme Court upheld the state’s lottery-supported charter school system. It was the high court’s second ruling in three years on the constitutional question of paying for the publicly funded, >
Editorial: Ruling leaves charter-school focus on learning
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Oct 31, 5:41 AM: Washington voters agreed to support charter schools in 2012 as an experiment. In effect, charter schools are free to operate with more innovation — or at least with fewer constraints — than typical K-12 public >
Editorial: Charter schools must be given chance to succeed
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Oct 30, 6:38 AM: The state Supreme Court last week upheld funding charter schools with public lottery funds. The court did not find this in violation of the state constitution and thus it can continue.
Editorial: New start for charter schools
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Oct 29, 5:57 AM: In a complex, yet decisive, ruling, the court’s majority found the charter law constitutional, with one notable exception concerning collective bargaining. The decision may make it easier for charter-school employees to >
What’s next for Washington state charter schools and their opponents following Supreme Court ruling
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Oct 29, 5:55 AM: The Washington Supreme Court ruled that the state’s 12 charter schools can continue to receive state lottery money, but there could still be more litigation over the publicly-funded, privately-run schools.
Charter schools can continue to receive state funding, Washington’s Supreme Court rules
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Oct 26, 4:58 AM: The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that funding charter schools with lottery money does not violate the state constitution.
Letter: State, districts, teachers coming for more money
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Oct 23, 6:38 AM: The teachers union with support from the state Superintendent of Public Instruction now has us, the taxpayer, where they want us. Due to a poorly thought-out school funding scheme and mismanagement of funds at the district level >
Letter: Consider Virtual School for Bullied Kids
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Oct 19, 6:03 AM: Since enrolling in Washington Virtual Academy, Omak, DawnRae’s grades have improved immensely. She is not focused on the social issues that once distracted her and she now spends her time studying and focusing on building a >
Pre-apprenticeship 'fills a gap' in Longview students' career options
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Oct 9, 5:26 AM: This year, about 30 Longview high-school students enrolled in the district’s new pre-apprenticeship program that will prepare them for a career in the trades, much like traditional curriculum prepares students for >
Washington’s 2018 state test scores still show large gaps between student groups
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Sep 14, 6:43 AM: Washington’s 1.1 million public-school students are performing slightly better on English exams than they were in years past, according to new numbers released by the state education department this week.
Tumwater district says school will start Friday, after teachers vote to keep striking
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Sep 13, 7:03 AM: Hours after a Thurston County Superior Court Judge told striking Tumwater teachers to go back to work, the teachers voted to stay on the picket line.
Tacoma school district may sue teachers union after weeklong contract stalemate
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Sep 13, 6:54 AM: Pleas from Gov. Jay Inslee failed to end the strike that's lasted almost a week. Taking legal action against the teachers union is "certainly an option that’s under consideration," said Dan Voelpel, a spokesman for Tacoma Public >
Inslee weighs in, but Tacoma teachers’ strike heads to fifth day
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Sep 12, 6:06 AM: Across the state, teacher contract negotiations have been particularly fraught after lawmakers this year injected about $1 billion into the state’s K-12 budget to pay for educator salaries. The infusion of cash prompted the state >

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