Highline School District

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Voters in the Highline School District have once again rejected a plan to rebuild aging schools, upgrade the district's technology and make other critical building repairs. 

Though the proposed $376 million bond issue was slightly smaller than the package voters rejected by just 215 votes in November, it fared worse in Tuesday's special election. Results showed 53 percent of voters supporting the property tax hike, short of the 60 percent supermajority it needed to pass.

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Highline Public Schools leaders are once again pushing for a property tax hike to build several new school buildings. A similar measure fell just 215 votes short in November. 

District officials have sent a $376 million bond issue back to Highline School District voters who have until next Tuesday, Feb. 10 to return their ballots in a special election.

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Where should a transgender student in a public school use the restroom? In which locker room should the student shower or change clothes? And how should a teacher refer to a student: as a he, a she, or neither?

The Highline Public Schools Board will vote Wednesday night on a new, formal set of guidelines to help staff answer these questions.

A pack of King County school districts has won of slice of the federal government’s Race to The Top fund, worth $40 million dollars over four years. Seven districts applied for the grant together, as the Road Map District Consortium. They said they’ll use the money to beef up preschool programs, enrich science and math learning in the primary grades, and offer training and testing subsidies to high schools.