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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

April 9, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Inslee clarifies: He favors A-F school grading system — under his conditions

OLYMPIA — If you’ve been following Gov. Jay Inslee’s position on a Republican proposal to grade all public schools A-F, we’ll excuse you for being a little confused. The gist of the debate: Schools are already evaluated in adjective form in the state’s achievement index, but some say the adjectives (exemplary, very good, good, fair and struggling)…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: A-F grading, education, education reform

January 30, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Senate panel considers holding back third graders and grading school performance

OLYMPIA — A state Senate committee heard testimony Wednesday about a trio of bills that would shake up public education in Washington state. The bills, a mix of specific policies and broader accountability measures, were the first significant education measures introduced this session by Republican lawmakers, who — for the first time in many years — control…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: education, education reform, McCleary decision

December 24, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Monday politics: giving ’em Heck, McAuliffe laments Senate leadership change, gun politics

Good Morning. Merry Almost-Christmas.   Denny Heck lands on a hot committee: Rep.-elect Denny Heck, he of the new 10th Congressional District, doesn’t fully settle in Washington, D.C., until January, but he has landed a spot on the House budget committee and he’s pleased as Christmas  punch about it. Read his press release.  Apparently, he…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Chris Christie, education committee, education reform

August 28, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Anti-charter school campaign gets first donation, still far behind supporters

Opponents of an initiative to allow charter schools in Washington state reported their first cash donation Monday — $50,000 from the SEIU Washington State Council, a labor organization. The group of opponents, called People for Our Public Schools, previously had reported in-kind donations during  its fight to change the wording of the initiative. Together the group…


Comments | More in Education, homepage | Topics: education reform, Initiative 1240, Karen Hart