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…More
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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…More