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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.
Tacoma teachers will strike on the first day of school
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Sep 6, 6:53 AM: Classes in Tacoma Public Schools won't start as scheduled Thursday after the district and union failed to reach agreement.
Tacoma and Puyallup teachers vote to strike; first day of school on hold
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Sep 5, 6:30 AM: Teachers in Tacoma and Puyallup voted Tuesday evening to strike, delaying the start of school for about 52,000 South Sound students.
Washington lawmakers knew school-contract chaos was coming — and not just in Seattle
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Sep 4, 5:32 AM: When lawmakers overhauled the state’s education budget, they were well aware they were setting in motion a chain of events that would lead to the most chaotic summer of teacher-contract negotiations in recent memory. >
State agencies seeing unprecedented demand for mediators, 30 out of 325 open mediation cases are school-related
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Aug 31, 7:02 AM: With unions and school districts still at odds, often an outsider is needed to bring both groups together. But, the state agency tasked with providing mediators is seeing an unprecedented demand for them.
As negotiations continue, teachers union leader says a 3-year contract is unlikely
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Aug 31, 6:58 AM: Two days after Seattle educators voted to authorize a strike, bargaining was still underway for a teacher contract. In case talks fall through and school is canceled next week, here's where children can be taken. >
With possibility of a strike looming, still no contract for Seattle educators after bargaining session Wednesday
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Aug 30, 7:08 AM: With six days to go before a possible strike occurs, salary raises are the biggest item on the table during this round of negotiations, with many in the union — which includes both teachers and other school employees, like >
Will Tacoma teachers strike? What about Puyallup? Odds are increasing
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Aug 29, 6:24 AM: It’s not a sure thing, but chances are growing that teachers in the Tacoma School District could vote to strike for the first time since 2011, meaning school might not start Sept. 6.
WA Policy Center expert: Teachers union strikes are illegal
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Aug 21, 6:45 AM: Finne called the teachers union’s actions a “classic bait-and-switch,” noting that after asking for money to reduce class sizes for the past few years and then receiving that money through the Legislature’s McCleary >

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