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Category: Superintendent of Public Instruction
January 14, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Inslee proposes wage increase for teachers, boost to minimum wage

Gov. Jay Inslee, saying he had changed his mind about spending more for education this year, proposed an additional $200 million for public schools, some of which would go toward cost-of-living pay increases for teachers. Inslee in his proposed budget released in December had indicated the state would need to wait until 2015…

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0 Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest, State budget, State Legislature, Superintendent of Public Instruction | Topics: COLA, teachers

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

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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0 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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0 Comments | More in Education, Politics Northwest, Superintendent of Public Instruction | Topics: charter schools, Protect Our Public Schools, Randy Dorn