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Category: Education
October 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM

New Poll: Class-size initiative has hefty lead

These are the kind of numbers everyone wants their campaign to have. Initiative 1351, a measure on the November ballot to increase school staffing and decrease class sizes of students, has a 42-point lead in a new Elway Poll released this morning. In the poll, 66 percent of those surveyed said they favored the measure, which would cost the…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Education | Topics: class sizes, education, Elway Poll

September 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Climate activist money, NRA endorsement, new I-594 ads: Your week in review

Some tidbits from the week. To wit: 1. Climate activist fuels fight to switch control of state Senate. 2. Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant tries, fails to flatten the city’s light rates for residents. 3. Nick Hanauer, advocate for $15/hour minimum wage, speaks in Eastern Washington (Addy Hatch/SR). 4. NRA endorses Dan Newhouse in Fourth Congressional District; Didier asks…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Education, Gun initiative, State legislative races, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: week in review

September 24, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Senate Republicans try to blame Democrats for tuition hikes

State Senate Republicans are taking pains this week to try to finger Democrats as the bad guys when it comes to cutting higher education funding and allowing steep college tuition hikes. And the Republican chair of the Senate’s higher education subcommittee has sent Gov. Jay Inslee a letter asking him not to trim higher education at all this biennium. Here’s the background:  Last…

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Comments | More in Education, State government | Topics: higher education, Senate Majority Coalition

August 4, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Former governors ask court for delay in McCleary case

Update| 5:58 p.m.: Earlier today, we wrote about two friend-of-the-court briefs concerning the upcoming state Supreme Court hearing on the McCleary decision. Then we found out that every single living former governor of Washington got together and filed their own brief. Yep, every single one. Their message is simple. Instead of punishing the state Legislature in September’s hearing, the former governors…

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Comments | More in Education, Politics Northwest, State Supreme Court | Topics: Columbia Legal Services, McCleary decision, The Children's Alliance

April 23, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Lakewood school construction bond ahead by a whisker

The $66.8 million Lakewood school construction bond measure was barely clearing the 60-percent bar required for passage in second-day returns in Snohomish County. On Tuesday, it had 59.15 percent approval; on Wednesday, it posted 60.08 percent. Everett’s $259.4 million bond picked up a percentage point in next-day results, but was still short with about 58 percent…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Education | Topics: Everett school district, Lake Washington school district, Lakewood school district

March 4, 2014 at 3:47 PM

School construction bill gets love in House, cool reception in Senate

The state House on Tuesday, by a whopping 90 to 7 vote, approved a proposal to spend $700 million on the construction of new classrooms. The lopsided vote in the House, however, may have little bearing on how the measure will do in the Senate. “I don’t see it getting much traction in our caucus,” said state…

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January 16, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Patty Murray wants $750M tuition aid for undocumented, poor students

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray is proposing to earmark $750 million over 10 years to entice all states to make college more affordable for tens of thousands of poor, including undocumented, high school graduates each year. The Washington Democrat on Thursday introduced a bill that would financially reward Washington and 18 other states that already…

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Comments | More in Congress, Education | Topics: college tuition, immigration, patty murray

November 1, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Independent group mails another negative ad in Seattle school board race

An independent group supporting Seattle school board candidate Suzanne Dale Estey has dropped another negative ad on Seattle voters just days ahead of Tuesday’s election. The latest direct mail piece from the committee, Great Seattle Schools,  is headlined: “Inside the Mind of Sue Peters: A Vast Conspiracy.”  The flip side of the full-page mailer is a…

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Comments | More in Education, Politics Northwest | Topics: Great Seattle Schools, Sue Peters, Suzanne Dale Estey

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

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