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February 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Unusual alliance leads state Senate to reject teacher-evaluation change

OLYMPIA — Conservative Republican state senators joined with minority Democrats to defeat a teacher-evaluation bill Tuesday evening, dealing a rare defeat to the chamber’s majority leadership just as a key deadline passed. Supporters of Senate Bill 5246 said its defeat could restrict local school districts’ flexibility to spend about $40 million in federal funding. The proposal would require…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Bruce Dammeier, education, education reform

February 11, 2013 at 3:52 PM

State Senate passes bill funding school panic buttons, other security measures

The state Senate unanimously passed a school-security bill Monday afternoon, but an influential state House member questioned whether the measure has too many requirements. Senate Bill 5197 would require all school districts to install panic alarm systems — essentially, a silent alarm notifying police of a crisis — in all of their schools by the end…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Bruce Dammeier, Hans Dunshee, Newtown