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Category Archives: Education

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 hand, […]
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 cau­cus […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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 edu­ca­tion […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Badly-behaved Senate Republicans are an embarrassment to the State of Washington

Excerpt: It’s only been ten days since the six­ty-fifth Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture con­vened for its long ses­sion, but already, the bad behav­ior of Sen­ate Repub­li­cans sug­gests it’s going to be very dif­fi­cult for the state’s law­mak­ing branch to get much of any­thing done before the ses­sion is sched­uled to end on April 23rd. Wash­ing­to­ni­ans have a rea­son­able […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Join us tomorrow at the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools!

Excerpt: It is the para­mount duty of the state to make ample pro­vi­sion for the edu­ca­tion of all chil­dren resid­ing with­in its bor­ders, with­out dis­tinc­tion or pref­er­ence on account of race, col­or, caste, or sex. – Wash­ing­ton State Con­sti­tu­tion, Arti­cle IX, Sec­tion 1 Read­ers! Do you believe in the Con­sti­tu­tion of Wash­ing­ton State? Do you believe that all of […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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