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Category Archives: Education

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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Bethel youth get it: In a democracy, decisions should be made by the many — not a few

Excerpt: Washington State's Constitution should be amended to change the threshold for passage of school bonds to a majority vote, which is all that levies require.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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SIFF Documentary Review: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Come for the nostalgia, stay for the uplifting truth about Mister Rogers

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Won't You Be My Neighbor?, a new documentary film about Fred Rogers, the legendary children's television host.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Voters still want to bolster funding for public schools with a capital gains tax, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: The McCleary case may have come to an end, but Washington voters continue to believe public schools are underfunded, NPI's latest survey has found.
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
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Immigration, healthcare, economic security discussed at Pramila Jayapal’s latest town hall

Excerpt: Read NPI's recap of U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal's sixteenth town hall, held Wednesday, May 2nd at the Seattle Central Public Library in downtown Seattle.
Written by:Alison Wendler
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Victory! Washington State House sends Breakfast After The Bell to Governor Inslee

Excerpt: One of the bills long stymied by the Senate Republicans in their graveyard of progress has finally left the Legislature and is now on its way to Governor Inslee. 2ESHB 1508, known as Breakfast After The Bell, has been given final approval by the Washington State House following changes to the bill by the Senate.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Victory! Breakfast After The Bell just sailed out of the Washington State Senate

Excerpt: Help is on the way for young Washingtonians who aren't getting enough to eat before the start of their school day. 2ESHB 1508, which would direct high-needs schools to offer Breakfast After The Bell programs to students, has just sailed out of the Washington State Senate with overwhelming support.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Breakfast after the bell legislation easily clears the Washington State House again

Excerpt: The Washington State House of Representatives has once again given overwhelming, bipartisan support to a bill (HB 1508) that requires qualifying high needs high schools to offer breakfast after the bell programs to students following the commencement of the school day.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington’s public schools still aren’t amply funded, state Supreme Court concludes

Excerpt: The McCleary case isn't over. Lawmakers need to fully fund teacher salaries in order to be constitutionally compliant, Washington's State Supreme Court says.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Manka Dhingra says yes to simple majorities for school bonds, Jinyoung Englund says no

Excerpt: In a matter of weeks, voters in Washington’s 45th Legislative District will be deciding which political party controls the state Senate in 2018. By electing Democratic candidate Manka Dhingra, voters in the 45th could oust Republicans from power and put the Senate under Democratic management for the first five in five years. On the other […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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House Democrats unveil “Families First” budget proposal, embrace capital gains tax

Excerpt: Lawmakers representing Washington State’s House Democratic majority took the wraps off of their budget this afternoon, offering a starkly different plan for the next biennium than the Senate Republicans did last week. “Our approach to the budget is ‘what’s best for kids?’ This budget and our [education funding] plan is what’s best for kids,” the […]
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Washington State House of Representatives sends revised “levy cliff” rescue bill to Inslee

Excerpt: Legislation that would rescue school districts in Washington State from the so-called “levy cliff” is on its way to Governor Jay Inslee following an overwhelming vote of approval in the Washington State House of Representatives. By a vote of eighty-seven to ten, the House voted to give its assent to Engrossed Senate Bill 5023, originally […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State Senate passes Republicans’ school levy swipe scheme on a party-line vote

Excerpt: Thanks to the arrival of newly-minted Senator Shelley Short (R-7th District; northeast Washington) and the return of Doug Ericksen from the District of Columbia, Republicans in the Washington State Senate were today able to pass the school levy swipe scheme they introduced late last week with no votes to spare. Substitute Senate Bill 5607, concerning […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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