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Tag Archives: School Funding

Quotation

If the Legislature is not prepared to create a carbon tax that is scaled to meet the challenges we face, it will be up to the citizenry to live up to our great state’s rich heritage of environmental leadership and take decisive action to address climate change.

— Fawn Sharp and Matthew Randazzo V: Don’t bolster education funding by selling out our environment

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Read Governor Inslee’s second inaugural address

“At a time when Washington’s towns and cities were just specks on a map, our state’s founders chose education as our paramount duty. Not roads or railroads. Not jails. They chose schools. So should we,” the Governor declared.

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How Texas keeps tens of thousands of children out of special education

This special report by the Houston Chronicle’s Brian Rosenthal (formerly of The Seattle Times) is a must-read: “In 2004, the Texas Education Agency arbitrarily decided what percentage of students should get special education services. Today, disabled children across Texas are paying the price.”

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‘We should be screaming’ with outrage: Washington State doing little to protect schoolkids from earthquakes, tsunamis

The Seattle Times reports on Washington’s failure to seismically retrofit public schools and ensure schoolchildren in tsunami hazard zones have a way to get to higher ground.

 

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A mother’s battle exposed inequities and injustices. A state is held in contempt of court. But corporations save their tax breaks and promised education dollars aren’t flowing.

The Boston Globe tells the story of the McCleary legal case, brought against the State of Washington over the Legislature and governor’s failure to amply provide for the education of the state’s youth as required by Section IX of Washington’s Constitution.

Quotation

At my request, legislative leaders agreed during a conference call earlier today to meet with me Monday to begin the necessary and difficult work before us. There is much that needs to be done before a special session can be called. I will ask lawmakers to do that work as quickly as humanly possible so that they can step up to our constitutional and moral obligations to our children and lift the court sanctions.

— Governor Jay Inslee, outlining how he plans to respond to the Supreme Court’s order imposing sanctions on the state for failing to fully fund basic education. The meeting will be in Seattle, time and location to be determined.

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Meet the charter schools proponent who says “unions get way too much blame”

Not all charter school advocates want to gut teacher tenure and unions. Activist Steve Barr has a different view, writes Elias Isquith.

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The plot against public education

In a lengthy piece for Politico Magazine, Bob Herbert explains how millionaires and billionaires, led by Bill Gates, are ruining public schools.