- 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
- Students in Washington's charter schools and public schools learn at similar rates, Stanford report finds
- > Jan 10, 7:25 AM: What kind of academic impact do the state’s charter schools have on their students? Their answer, after studying three school years’ worth of data: Overall, charter-school students’ scores on state math and reading exams grew at a
- Are member dues pushing Seattle teachers out of union?
- > 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
- > 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
- > 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.
- 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.