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Category: Education
August 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Thomas endorses Blanford in Seattle School Board race

Olu Thomas, in third place in the three-way race for the District 5 seat on the Seattle School Board,  has endorsed the frontrunner, Stephan Blanford. In a prepared release, Thomas said Blanford has the best potential to represent the interest of the students in District 5, which includes the Central Area, Capitol Hill and parts of downtown Seattle. Blanford thanked Thomas, saying that…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Olu Thomas, Seattle School Board, Stephan Blanford

August 7, 2013 at 5:24 PM

School board results unchanged

The results in the two contested races for Seattle School Board didn’t change much after Wednesday’s vote tally. After Tuesday night’s count, it was clear that Suzanne Dale Estey and Sue Peters would advance to the general election in District 4, which covers Queen Anne, Magnolia and part of Ballard.  Dale Estey still has about 48 percent…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: LeCrese Green, Olu Thomas, Seattle School Board

August 1, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Independent group enters school board campaign with negative ad

In the races for Seattle School board, an independent group that’s raised $32,750 has sent out a negative advertisement targeting candidate Sue Peters and promoting one of her two opponents, Suzanne Dale Estey. The group, which calls itself Great Seattle Schools, declared that Dale Estey is the “candidate for change” while Peters would offer “more of…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Christopher Larson, Matt Griffin, Seattle Public Schools

July 3, 2013 at 1:45 PM

State teachers union, other groups sue to stop charter schools

A coalition headlined by Washington’s teachers union has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a recently-approved state initiative establishing charter schools, the group announced Wednesday. The 31-page lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court earlier in the day, seeks to stop the establishment of charter schools. A state commission established under the initiative is currently laying…

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Comments | More in Education, State government, Superintendent of Public Instruction | Topics: charter schools, Initiative 1240, state teachers union

June 28, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Tuition freeze, funding increase please higher-education leaders

Higher education leaders said Friday they were pleased with the proposed legislative budget that bumps higher education funding by 12 percent and freezes tuition for at least a year for in-state undergraduate students. The proposed budget adds $119 million in funding over two years, plus an extra $18 million to grow computer science and engineering programs…

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Comments | More in Education, Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: higher education

June 27, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Tentative higher-education budget: 10 percent funding boost, no tuition increases

Sen. Barbara Bailey said Thursday morning that the Legislature is very close to agreeing to the details of a higher-education budget that would increase funding by 10 percent and freeze tuition for the next two years. Bailey made her comments around the same time that other legislative leaders announced a tentative deal on the overall…

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Comments | More in Education, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: higher education

January 30, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday politics: a different take on Rodney Tom, gender neutral state code

Good Morning. State Sen. Rodney Tom A new take on Rodney Tom conversion? The new leader in the state Senate, he of the Majority Coalition Caucus, is an enigma for some Democrats who wonder how he can call himself a Democrat when he joined with Republicans to form the Republican-leaning group. Republican John Carlson…

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Comments | More in Education, homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest, Secretary of State, State Legislature | Topics: dry cleaning, Gary Alexander, gender neutral language

January 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Dorn lobbies for amendment to charter school law

Randy Dorn, Washington State’s top schools official,  is asking state legislative leaders to amend the state’s new charter school law so that his office supervises the new schools. Dorn has repeatedly said he thinks the law, which voters passed in November, violates Washington’s constitution because it calls for the creation of a new, appointed charter school commission that would authorize and…

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Comments | More in Education, Politics Northwest, State Legislature, Superintendent of Public Instruction | Topics: charter schools, Initiative 1240, Randy Dorn

January 2, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Teachers union wants to help challenge charter school law

The state’s largest teachers union is exploring how it might help challenge the charter-school law that narrowly passed last November.  The union’s board of directors has committed to help fund a lawsuit, although it is not yet clear who would file it, when it would be filed, or exactly what form the challenge would take. Rich Wood, the union’s spokesman, said…

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Comments | More in Education, Politics Northwest, Superintendent of Public Instruction | Topics: charter schools, Protect Our Public Schools, Randy Dorn

December 3, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Charter schools initiative proved divisive in King County

Washington’s charter-schools proposal was the closest among the statewide initiatives this year, passing with just 50.7 percent of the vote. Click to view full-size map. Initiative 1240 proved divisive locally, too, a Seattle Times analysis of precinct vote returns shows. I-1240 was opposed by a majority — 51.6 percent — of King County voters, while most Snohomish and Pierce County voters were…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Education, homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: charter schools, Initiative 1240

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