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January 7, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Wash. state legislative priorities: Education — teacher evaluations and STEM

On Sunday, The Seattle Times editorial board published its education priorities for the 2014 Washington state Legislature. “The Legislature, which convenes Jan. 13, should continue its work on the kinds of reforms, investments and outcomes that support a first-class education system, from ages 3 to 23.” The editorials focused on three key areas for the Legislature to tackle: early learning, K-12 and STEM education.

Readers weigh in on what’s arguably priority No. 1 this year in Olympia:

Teacher evaluations don’t capture nuances in teaching

Teachers are not afraid of evaluations; they are actually eager to learn how to be better teachers [“Targeting education, Opinion, Jan. 5”]. The problem is that the people designing teacher evaluations don’t appreciate how nuanced teaching and learning is. Their solutions punish rather than inform teachers.

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: early learning, K-12, Legislature

September 20, 2013 at 6:29 AM

State lawmakers load up on earmarks

Good story, bad leadership Congratulations to Andrew Garber for your article on state earmarks. [“Olympia earmarks make comeback,” page one, Sept. 8.] It was disappointing to learn of the reappearance of spending in our state that skirts the regular capital budgeting process, regardless of whether legislators believe them to be “worthy causes.” A word of advice for…

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Comments | More in Politics, Washington Legislature | Topics: earmarks, lawmakers, Legislature

February 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Guns legally allowed on Capitol campus

Inequality of permissions This week I attended a hearing in a state Senate hearing room. On waiting to sign in, the attendant made it clear that I was to remove my jaunty little fisherman cap (with no advertising or political message). Evidently no hats, even unobtrusive ones are allowed. However, I could have walked into a hearing…

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