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Opinion: Give our youth the support they need to grasp the rewards of a postsecondary education
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Jul 15, 7:28 AM: Our region’s rapidly changing and vibrantly growing economy requires education beyond high school. Whether a college degree or a career credential, postsecondary education and professional training is necessary to secure a >
For the first time, Seattle schools general fund will break $1 billion in spending
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Jul 12, 7:34 AM: The Seattle School Board approved the record-breaking budget for the 2019-2020 academic year at a meeting Wednesday. Combined with the other budgets that were also approved, including one for the district’s debts and the >
Yakima Valley apprenticeship opportunities for high schools expand
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Jul 10, 6:43 AM: Riley Thompson finished his junior year at West Valley High School in Yakima this spring, and last week began entering coding into machines and using mills to produce airplane parts for Pexco Aerospace in Union Gap. >
Spokane’s third charter school will cater to teen parents across the county
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Jul 1, 6:45 AM: Card is working on designing programs for the new school, which has yet to select a site but hopes to set up shop near downtown to be close to bus routes and other services, Edwards said. Teen parents need day care, which >
Editorial: Who pays the price for Tacoma’s failed charter schools? Kids do
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Jun 21, 5:27 AM: In the 2019-20 school year, 10 charter schools will be up and running in the state; four have been authorized to open the following year. These publicly funded, privately-run schools would do well to take a forensic >
Opinion: State funding for education really means more money for some, not all, of our schools
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Jun 20, 6:47 AM: The Legislature approved, and Gov. Jay Inslee signed, a two-year budget to give most of Washington’s 2,400 K-12 public schools $27.2 billion, an all-time high. That is a 20 percent increase over the last two years, up $4.4 >
Editorial: Tacoma high schools graduating illiterate kids - financially illiterate, that is
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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, >
Letter: Protecting school choice is important
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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 >
Washington State Moves Toward Free and Reduced College Tuition, With Businesses Footing the Bill
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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 >
110,000 Washington students a year will get money for college, many a free ride
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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
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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
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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. >
Washington’s ‘forgotten’ community colleges call for more funding from the state
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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
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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 >
Washington’s school levy bill appears dead after unions object to amendments
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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
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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 >
Editorial: Rural school districts deserve assistance to get construction funding
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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 >
Tacoma charter school looks to expand to fill void left by another charter’s closure
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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
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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
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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 >

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