education funding

No Child Left Behind Act
5:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Where Fate Of Wash. State's Education Waiver Now Stands, And Why It Matters

President George W. Bush speaks at a school in Philadelphia in 2009, eight years after he signed it into law.
AP Photo J. Scott Applewhite

Washington state is at risk of losing nearly $40 million in federal funding after lawmakers left Olympia without passing a teacher evaluation bill.

Without the bill, the state failed to secure a waiver for an onerous requirement under the No Child Left Behind Act. As a result, the fate of federal funding for local preschool programs and extended day services now hinges on what federal education officials decide in coming months.

Here's an explanation of why the lawmakers didn't pass the bill, and where the complex issue now stands. 

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Tax Breaks
3:28 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Washington Legislature On Collision Course Over Tax Breaks

FILE - From left, Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, and Rep. Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, talk about the supplemental budget proposal by the House Democrats, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The final two weeks of the Washington legislative session may come down to a battle over tax breaks.

Democrats want to eliminate a series of tax exemptions to fund teacher cost-of-living raises and other education priorities. Republicans propose just the opposite; they want to renew several tax incentives with the goal of creating or preserving jobs.

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Education Funding
4:04 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Washington Senate Democrats Target Tax Exemptions To Fund Schools

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AP Photo

Minority Democrats in the Washington Senate want to tax oil refineries, bottled water, prescription drug resellers and out-of-state shoppers. The proposal released Tuesday could generate $100 million per year for public schools.

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Education
10:28 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Gov. Inslee Wants To Put $200 Million More Into Education For Supplies, Teacher COLAs

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during the annual State of the State address to a joint session of the Legisture in the House chambers Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Olympia, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Gov. Jay Inslee is making another push for lawmakers to close tax exemptions to fund education. The Democrat made his pitch Tuesday, but there’s no indication the mostly Republican majority in the Washington Senate can be persuaded.

The money would pay for the reforms the Legislature has already approved, including a 1.3 percent salary increase for teachers and staff. The governor said the money will include sending $130 million to K-12 public schools to pay for textbooks, computers and curriculum updates.

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Tax Loophole
4:54 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Enviro Groups Urge Lawmakers To Close Tax Loophole Benefiting Oil Companies

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AP Photo

More than 20 environmental groups have joined together with a common priority this short legislative session: close what they say is a huge loophole benefiting big oil companies.

The Environmental Priorities Coalition includes big names like the Sierra Club, American Rivers, Fuse and the Cascade Bicycle Club. They don’t always see eye to eye on things, but when it comes to oil companies and the state tax structure, they’re all sure something’s not quite right.

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Education funding
5:21 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Legislative Critics Don't Like Ed Funding Report

When the Legislature made its annual report to the Washington Supreme Court this week on progress toward improving the way the state pays for public schools, lawmakers said they did the best they could under the circumstances. Legislative critics do not agree.

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Politics
7:20 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Seattle city council president says state may have to raise taxes to fund schools

The president of the Seattle City Council says the state needs to make sure it adequately funds schools – and that may mean the state has to raise taxes. 

The state of Washington faces a grim budget deficit – more than $2.5 billion over the next two years, by one estimate. At the same time, the state also has to boost money for schools, according to a state supreme court decision.

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Job Market
6:13 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

High demand for women in trades

"They're actually paying you to come learn something," says Rayna Lorraine, an ironworker apprentice who earns $36/hour plus benefits after 3 years of training. A new apprentice can start at $25/ hour.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

If the skyrocketing cost of a college degree seems intimidating, you might want to consider the skilled trades as an alternative – especially if you’re female.

That was the message at the Washington Women in Trades annual career fair at Seattle Center, where dozens of employers aimed to recruit young women, enticing them with the chance to try their hand as a carpenter, painter or steelworker.

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Education
9:06 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Washington Supreme Court to rule on school funding case

SEATTLE — The Washington Supreme Court plans to issue a ruling today on a major case concerning the state's obligation to pay for public school education.

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Education
5:12 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Wash. Governor wants to toughen teacher evaluations

Gov. Chris Gregoire announces education reform proposals. Photo by Joe Concannon

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 2:54 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington Governor Chris Gregoire wants to put teeth into a statewide system for evaluating teachers and principals. In Olympia Tuesday, Gregoire said she'll ask the Legislature to approve a new four tier performance rating. It would go from unsatisfactory, to basic, to proficient, and top out at distinguished.

The governor wants the law to require educators in the two lowest tiers improve within a year or be fired.

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K-12 Education
8:50 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Fight over education funding heads to state Supreme Court

With lawmakers having slashed nearly $4 billion in funding from school districts in the past few years, arguments are heating up over whether the state is fulfilling its constitutional duty to students.
Associated Press

The state constitution says it’s Washington’s “paramount duty to make ample provisions for the education of all children,” but is it failing to do that? This afternoon, the state Supreme Court will consider arguments on both sides.

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Education
1:23 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

State universities will set tuition

Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed a measure giving the state's six four-year colleges and universities ability to set tuition.

At the bill signing ceremony at a Seattle high school Monday, The Boeing Co. and Microsoft Corp. also announced that they would each pledge $25 million over the next five years to a new scholarship program and endowment which Gregoire also signed into law Monday.

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Education
12:08 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Higher-ed advocates urge legislature to stop cuts

Washington State University president Elson Floyd at a fund-raising campaign kick-off.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Advocates for Washington's universities are presenting a more unified front in Olympia this year. They hope the closer coordination will help them make a stronger case for higher-ed funding. A coalition of groups gathered on the steps of the state capitol Thursday.

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State Budget
7:30 am
Tue January 25, 2011

Education vs. social services? House debates funding priorities

Students at Salmon Bay School in Seattle. The house voted to cut $42 million from programs to reduce class sizes in grades K-4.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Lawmakers face stark choices when it comes to the budget. Those choices were on display Monday as the House voted on a cost-cutting bill. Democrats and Republicans split over what to cut next: education or social services.

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News Roundup
7:01 am
Tue January 25, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

Parking rates in nine Seattle neighborhoods would increase under a plan slated to go into effect in March. This driver parked in north Belltown, an area where rates may decrease because of lower hourly demand.
Gary Davis KPLU

Making headlines this morning: 

  • Feds Begin Seattle Police Review
  • Details Emerge in Port Orchard Shooting
  • Business Push Back on Seattle Parking Rate Hike
  • Most Painful Education Cuts Yet

 

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