Education Reform en Reform vs. funding: battle shaping up in Washington legislature <a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">OLYMPIA, Wash. – One of the key battles shaping up in Olympia this year is over education reform. The Senate’s new majority coalition is proposing a series of measures aimed at getting better results in the classroom. Among the ideas: a state takeover of failing schools. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 17:50:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 7660 at Reform vs. funding: battle shaping up in Washington legislature Senate Democrats unveil government reform ideas <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; Senate Democrats are unveiling a series of reform ideas that won&#39;t bank much money for the state&#39;s immediate budget problem, but which they say will save hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming years.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 00:12:18 +0000 The Associated Press 3712 at Senate approves performance-based teacher lay-offs <p>The State Senate has approved a controversial proposal to base teacher lay-offs on performance - not seniority. The vote late Tuesday triggered a heated debate on the Senate floor and split majority Democrats. Senator Rodney Tom is a suburban Seattle Democrat. He led the charge for performance-based lay-offs:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Why in the world would you ever lay-off a second year or third year or fourth year teacher of the year in lieu of maybe an eight or ninth year teacher who is on probation? It just makes no sense.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 15:06:33 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 1195 at Despite data, state supe Dorn says new evaluation system needed for teachers and principals <p>If you listen to the numbers, there&#39;s no need for any change in the way teachers and principals are evaluated in public schools here in Washington State.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="">Data is in</a> from a first-ever statewide survey about their performance. It says very few teachers are a problem: not even 500 were rated unsatisfactory in all of Washington.</p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 13:12:29 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1162 at Despite data, state supe Dorn says new evaluation system needed for teachers and principals Monday morning's headlines <p>It will be a rainy and windy Monday around Western Washington, with high temperatures in the low 50&#39;s. &nbsp;Rain is in the forecast all this week.&nbsp;</p><p>Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:</p><ul><li><b>Mudslides Affect Commute</b></li><li><strong>Northwest Relief Workers to Japan</strong></li><li><strong>Obama&#39;s Education Secretary Here, Virtually</strong></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><b>Rails and Roads Covered in Mud</b></p><p>Sounder rail lines, Amtrak routes and at least one major highway are blocked by mudslides this morning. Sunday&#39;s heavy rains caused at least three separate slides over Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks: two north of Seattle, and one in southwest Washington near Vancouver.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 14:49:52 +0000 KPLU News Staff 989 at Monday morning's headlines Gregoire makes another push for 'Education Czar' <p></p><p>Governor Chris Gregoire is making another push to create a cabinet-level Department of Education. The idea appears to be faltering in the Washington legislature.</p><p> Thu, 03 Mar 2011 15:50:53 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 921 at Teacher layoff reform bill dies in Legislature <p>A proposal to base teacher layoffs on performance - and not seniority - has died in the Washington legislature. The bill&#39;s demise is a victory for the state&rsquo;s teacher&#39;s union, but a frustrating defeat for some lawmakers.&nbsp;</p><p style="padding-bottom: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; font-style: inherit; margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; font-family: inherit; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; border-left-width: 0px; font-weight: inherit; padding-top: 0px">Currently, when school districts reduce staff newer more junior teachers typically lose their jobs first. A bipartisan proposal in the Washington legislature would have changed that.</p><p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:10:22 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 911 at Gregoire makes rare appearance before legislature to tout education system reforms <p>Christine Gregoire says she had an "aha moment" last summer about why Washington's education system isn't getting any better.</p><p>The governor made a rare appearance before a legislative committee Wednesday to talk about her proposal to create a new cabinet-level Department of Education that would oversee all the state's education efforts, committees and boards, from early learning to college.</p> Wed, 02 Feb 2011 23:21:00 +0000 Gary Crawford 696 at Gregoire makes rare appearance before legislature to tout education system reforms African Americans most affected by low-performing schools <P>African American kids are more likely than any other students to start their educations in Seattle’s worst public schools.&nbsp; That’s according to a <A href="">new report from University of Washington researchers</A>.&nbsp; Community groups and school district administrators say it means schools are disproportionately failing kids who already face big hurdles to education.&nbsp; Mon, 06 Dec 2010 14:36:00 +0000 Charla Bear 285 at African Americans most affected by low-performing schools Seattle debating merits of Teach for America <p>A full slate of public testimony is expected at tonight's&nbsp; <a href="">school board</a><a href=""> meeting</a> in Seattle.&nbsp; The board is voting on a controversial proposal to allow new recruits from a national organization called <a href="">Teach for America</a> into <a href="">Seattle's public schools</a>.&nbsp; The program places top college grads – who don't have traditional teaching certificates - in underperforming schools.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 18:50:36 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 161 at Seattle debating merits of Teach for America Report cards for Seattle schools: grading each building <p><span class="article-content"><span>A lot of attention has been focused on improving public schools. But figuring out how schools are doing can be tricky. Some people say test scores and graduation rates don&#39;t show the whole picture. Now administrators in Seattle say they&#39;ve come up with a better system.<br /> Mon, 08 Nov 2010 17:20:02 +0000 Charla Bear 106 at Report cards for Seattle schools: grading each building