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Category Archives: Education

Bringing racial equity into focus in our schools and beyond: A letter to education leaders

Excerpt: Read Erin Jones' ideas for implementing racial equity in Washington State schools, inspired by conversations she had with educators.
Written by:Erin Jones
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COVID-19 Update: Districts accelerate their planning for the 2020–2021 school year

Excerpt: A return to in-person classroom learning is being contemplated by school administrators across the region, but students and faculty will need to observe physical distancing protocols.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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The Pandemic is Personal: NPI’s Bobby Aiyer on graduating high school during COVID-19

Excerpt: NPI's Transit Advocate writes about what it's like to be a senior during the 2019-2020 coronavirus pandemic, which unexpectedly ended the Class of 2020's in-person learning.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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April 28th special election results give boost to public services in Washington’s rural areas

Excerpt: The returns so far suggest people across the Evergreen State understand the importance of investing in the public services that make our communities strong.
Written by:Rich Erwin
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Healthcare
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Governor Jay Inslee signs comprehensive sexual health education legislation into law

Excerpt: One of the Northwest Progressive Institute's major priorities for the 2020 legislative session has been approved by Washington State's chief executive,
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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VICTORY! Comprehensive sexual health education bill is enroute to Governor Inslee

Excerpt: Progress is possible, and Democrats in the Washington State Legislature have proved it by getting a bill to require CSHE across the finish line.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Legislative Advocacy
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Comprehensive sexual health education has finally cleared the Washington State House!

Excerpt: A major NPI legislative priority is on the verge of reaching Governor Jay Inslee's desk after a lot of hard work by Laurie Jinkins and Monica Stonier.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Over two in three Washington voters support comprehensive sexual health education

Excerpt: Republican legislators argue Washingtonians don't support comprehensive sexual health education legislation. But our research shows they do. Overwhelmingly.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Three key NPI legislative priorities advance in Washington State House, all on the same day

Excerpt: Abolition of the death penalty, a statewide ban on plastic bags, and comprehensive sexual health education have each received an affirmative vote in their House committees of origin.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Our Environment
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Washington State Senate sends OSPI-backed sexual health education bill back to House

Excerpt: Requested by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal, the bill is intended to help young people at many different stages of childhood and young adulthood make better decisions about their health and their future.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Documentary Review: “Race to Nowhere” may be ten years old, but it has aged well

Excerpt: Vicki Abeles created this documentary film to bring attention to some of the problems with the American education system.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Alaska’s right wing governor uses his line item veto pen to attack state universities

Excerpt: Higher education is under attack in the State of Alaska like never before -- and the man leading the charge is the state's chief executive, Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State Legislature passes clean levy flexibility bill to help school districts

Excerpt: It was a close call, but the House and Senate managed to agree on legislation to give school districts back some of the levy authority taken away in the 2017 McCleary deal.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Senate Republicans kill effort to allow future school bonds to pass with a simple majority

Excerpt: A constitutional amendment to allow school bonds to pass by majority vote has died in the Washington State Senate at the hands of the Republicans.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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