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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 >
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 >
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 >
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 schools. >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Tacoma teachers strike hits Day 4, with no end in sight as district sends mixed messages
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Sep 11, 6:30 AM: Tacoma teachers voted last week to strike after weeks of negotiations over hoped-for salary increases broke down. Teachers want increases that compare to raises received by other teachers across the state. Tacoma schools >
Teacher strikes, unrest hit West Coast as unions flex muscle
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Sep 10, 7:42 AM: The latest disputes are particularly acute in Washington, a state that has infused at least $1 billion for teacher pay to resolve a long-running court battle. With students returning to school in the last few weeks, >
Editorial: Will another Washington governor use bully pulpit to end teacher strikes?
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Sep 7, 7:03 AM: School strikes are raging all along the I-5 corridor. Scores of families, including 52,000 students in Tacoma and Puyallup, are dealing with child-care crises of unknown duration. While thousands of teachers wait for >
Tumwater is going to court to get striking teachers back to work
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Sep 7, 6:59 AM: The Tumwater School District will be in court Friday morning to try to get its teachers back to work.

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