- Editorial: Tacoma high schools graduating illiterate kids - financially illiterate, that is
- > May 30, 6:15 AM: This year’s graduating high school seniors may never again be asked to solve an algebraic equation or write a five-paragraph essay, but at some point they will need to establish credit, seek a car, house or business loan, and be
- Letter: Protecting school choice is important
- > May 24, 4:52 AM: Jacob was struggling with both attendance and low grades. He needed a different way to finish school. We found ISWA, public school at home, where the teachers, the curriculum, and the method work in concert to personalize a
- Washington State Moves Toward Free and Reduced College Tuition, With Businesses Footing the Bill
- > May 8, 7:23 AM: Washington State lawmakers have taken a major step toward offering free or reduced college tuition using funds from businesses there, including Amazon and Microsoft, in a move that is being applauded by policy analysts for its
- 110,000 Washington students a year will get money for college, many a free ride
- May 6, 7:21 AM: About 110,000 low-to median-income students will qualify for help each year, including adults who never got a degree and want to go to school. There will be no more financial-aid wait lists.
- Go to college? Numbers show apprenticeships are on the rise in Washington
- Apr 29, 7:03 AM: Are colleges a thing of the past? In Washington, apprenticeships are on the rise as students look for an alternative to the traditional four-year collegiate experience.
- It’s college-level math, but it’s taught differently — and it’s helping more Washington students graduate
- > Apr 22, 7:08 AM: Statewide, about 40% of all first-time students who enrolled in a community-college math class last year were deemed not ready for college-level math, and had to first take classes that reviewed high-school math subjects. Those
- Washington’s ‘forgotten’ community colleges call for more funding from the state
- Apr 17, 7:15 AM: After years of feeling ignored by lawmakers, faculty and students at Washington’s community and technical colleges walked out of classes Tuesday, urging the Legislature to invest in their schools.
- Commentary: STEM skills vital to rural students, too
- > Apr 10, 6:40 AM: I have spent thirty-three years in the field of education — all of it in the Yakima Valley — and we need to change how we are preparing our students for the future. I was a school superintendent for 18 years in the Lower Valley and
- Washington’s school levy bill appears dead after unions object to amendments
- Apr 9, 7:28 AM: A bill advocates say would have restored local school districts’ ability to raise local levy dollars appears to be dead before ever reaching the Senate floor.
- Education funding continues to bedevil state lawmakers. Proposed fixes have problems
- > Mar 28, 7:40 AM: The Democrats who control the Washington state Legislature want to allow public schools to raise more money from local property taxes, but opponents say the proposals could resurrect the funding inequities that led to the McCleary
- Editorial: Rural school districts deserve assistance to get construction funding
- > Mar 15, 5:48 AM: Now comes the hard work of passing legislation that will ensure that districts with little tax base and lots of abject poverty — whose chances of reaching a 60-percent “yes” vote on bond measures seem as likely as the Sonics
- Tacoma charter school looks to expand to fill void left by another charter’s closure
- Mar 11, 6:57 AM: After June, elementary-aged kids in Tacoma won’t have the option of attending a charter school close by. That could change in 2021.
- Free college in Washington not likely, but many plans would help with the cost
- Feb 25, 7:07 AM: Free college for everyone may not be coming to Washington, but many students could see the cost of their post-secondary education reduced – although by just how much is still up in the air.
- Editorial: Tacoma’s charter school experiment is evolving, not imploding, through trial and error
- > Feb 6, 6:33 AM: But it also confirms something this Editorial Board understood about charter schools back in 2016, when the privately operated, publicly funded schools were getting off the ground in Washington. Innovation requires experimentation,
- Tacoma charter school to close for good at the end of the academic year
- Jan 31, 6:56 AM: A Tacoma charter school will close its doors at the end of the 2018-19 school year. Financial struggles forced the closure, the SOAR Academy school board announced Thursday, Jan. 24.
- Opinion: Education beyond high school is win-win for students, economy
- > Jan 22, 8:24 AM: For our students to be ready for these jobs, many need to continue their education after high school and complete a credential, such as a degree, apprenticeship or certificate in a specific industry. In the near future, about
- Gov. Inslee proposes broadband access for all
- Jan 17, 6:44 AM: A lack of quality broadband impacts kids trying to do their homework, entrepreneurs hoping to launch a startup, and rural employees who work remotely for companies in bigger cities.
- Making less than $61.5K with a family of four? Inslee wants to guarantee college money for your kids
- Jan 16, 7:54 AM: Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed a change to the state's most important financial-aid program for college students, changing the program's name and guaranteeing every student who qualifies will receive funding.
- Editorial: Research confirms quality of Washington charters
- Jan 14, 6:57 AM: Washington charter schools, especially those in Seattle, got some much deserved validation from researchers at Stanford University.
- Dori: Teacher union’s greed causing massive deficits for districts
- > Jan 11, 8:00 AM: When the teachers union went on strike, and school district after school district started giving teachers gigantic raises at the beginning of this school year, I told you it was not sustainable. I told you that within one to two