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Category Archives: Education

Why isn’t Stuart Elway asking about revenue fairness when he polls on funding education?

Excerpt: Yes­ter­day, just in time for the 2017 leg­isla­tive ses­sion, poll­ster Stu­art Elway released new results from a recent sur­vey in which his firm asked Wash­ing­ton vot­ers about how and whether we should invest in Wash­ing­ton’s K‑12 schools, which have been bad­ly under­fund­ed for years in defi­ance of the Wash­ing­ton State Con­sti­tu­tion. The Supreme Court has […]
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Go Jay Inslee! Governor proposes $3.9 billion in new revenue for our K‑12 public schools

Excerpt: Declar­ing that we have a duty to fol­low our Con­sti­tu­tion and pro­vide a qual­i­ty edu­ca­tion to every child in our state, Gov­er­nor Inslee today unveiled a bold plan to ful­ly fund our state’s K‑12 pub­lic schools and end the McCleary lit­i­ga­tion. “We face an oppor­tu­ni­ty — and an oblig­a­tion — in this upcom­ing ses­sion to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman pal Michael Baumgartner prefiles amendment to repeal “paramount duty” language in Washington State Constitution

Excerpt: In a fair­ly bla­tant attempt to get some atten­tion for him­self and steer pub­lic dis­course away from ful­ly fund­ing our pub­lic schools, extrem­ist right wing Sen­a­tor Michael Baum­gart­ner of Spokane has pre­filed a con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ment that would repeal the mem­o­rable open­ing words of Arti­cle IX of the Wash­ing­ton State Con­sti­tu­tion (“It is the para­mount duty […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Chris Reykdal set to become Washington’s next Superintendent of Public Instruction

Excerpt: State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Chris Reyk­dal (D‑22nd Dis­trict: Olympia, Tumwa­ter) is set to become Wash­ing­ton State’s next Super­in­ten­dent of Pub­lic Instruc­tion after fresh results show it’s become math­e­mat­i­cal­ly impos­si­ble for him to lose. “We are up over 28,000 votes with less than 18,000 to count in our race. We have achieved a math­e­mat­i­cal vic­to­ry,” Reyk­dal not­ed in […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman continues attack on state Supreme Court, misquotes Orwell’s “Animal Farm”

Excerpt: With no ini­tia­tive on the bal­lot to sell this year, scan­dal-plagued ini­tia­tive pro­mot­er Tim Eyman has turned his atten­tion to launch­ing attacks on indi­vid­u­als and insti­tu­tions he does­n’t like, name­ly the Wash­ing­ton State Supreme Court, Demo­c­ra­t­ic can­di­dates for office at all lev­els, and Sound Tran­sit. This after­noon, Eyman sent out yet anoth­er mis­sive exco­ri­at­ing the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI calls on Governor Jay Inslee to uphold our Constitution by vetoing charters bailout

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: Two weeks ago, Repub­li­can-dom­i­nat­ed majori­ties in the Wash­ing­ton State House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Sen­ate passed a bill restor­ing fund­ing for char­ter schools and allow­ing new char­ters to be autho­rized, in defi­ance of the Supreme Court’s rul­ing in League of Women Vot­ers v. State of Wash­ing­ton. NPI is ask­ing Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee to veto […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State Legislature adjourns 2016 session Sine Die; special session needed

Excerpt: Not long ago, the Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture adjourned its 2016 reg­u­lar ses­sion Sine Die, fol­low­ing the adop­tion of HCR 4417 by the House and Sen­ate. Though the reg­u­lar ses­sion is now offi­cial­ly over, law­mak­ers can­not head home just yet, as their work is unfin­ished (sur­prise, sur­prise). Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee plans to call a spe­cial ses­sion […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Senate concurs with House’s amendments to charters bailout, sending it to Governor Inslee

Excerpt: By a vote of twen­ty-six to twen­ty-three, the Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate has con­curred in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tive’s amend­ments to E2SSB 6194, Steve Lit­zow’s bill to bail out char­ter schools, which were declared uncon­sti­tu­tion­al by the Wash­ing­ton State Supreme Court in League of Women Vot­ers last autumn. The vote was most­ly along par­ty lines, though […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI to legislators: Support Washington’s kids by funding our public schools — not charters

Excerpt: Edi­tor’s Note: This evening, the Wash­ing­ton State House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives is expect­ed to take up a bill that would restore pub­lic fund­ing for pri­vate char­ter schools, in defi­ance of the Wash­ing­ton State Supreme Court’s clear rul­ing in League of Women Vot­ers v. State of Wash­ing­ton. NPI is ask­ing mem­bers of the House and Sen­ate to […]
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
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How to meet Washington’s paramount duty and end the K‑12 funding standoff

Excerpt: Today Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee con­venes the first meet­ing of his leg­isla­tive work­group in SeaT­ac to tack­le the issue of how to meet the state Supreme Court’s order to ful­ly fund K‑12 pub­lic schools. It’s good that they’re get­ting down to work, but we should­n’t expect a quick res­o­lu­tion. The Wash­ing­ton Leg­is­la­ture is dead­locked over the […]
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
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Emerald City teachers overwhelmingly ratify new contract with Seattle Public Schools

Excerpt: Teach­ers in Seat­tle have vot­ed over­whelm­ing­ly to approve a new con­tract with Seat­tle Pub­lic Schools, which means class­es will be held as sched­uled tomor­row and in the months beyond, the Seat­tle Edu­ca­tion Asso­ci­a­tion announced tonight. The agree­ment had three com­po­nents. All were rat­i­fied with large mar­gins. “Today was a great day for uni­ty in Seat­tle […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington’s Supreme Court strikes down I‑1240 (charter schools) in its entirety

Excerpt: Once again, the Wash­ing­ton State Supreme Court has rid­den to the res­cue of Wash­ing­ton’s belea­guered pub­lic schools sys­tem. In a mon­u­men­tal­ly impor­tant 6–3 deci­sion released late this after­noon, the Court struck down Ini­tia­tive 1240, a char­ter schools mea­sure vot­ers nar­row­ly passed in 2012, as uncon­sti­tu­tion­al in its entire­ty. The deci­sion means that Wash­ing­ton’s exper­i­ment with […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Governor Jay Inslee appoints 48th LD’s Ross Hunter as new Director of Early Learning

Excerpt: State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ross Hunter (D‑48th Dis­trict: Red­mond, Kirk­land, Belle­vue, Med­i­na, Clyde Hill, the Points com­mu­ni­ties) will soon be leav­ing the Leg­is­la­ture to join Jay Inslee’s admin­is­tra­tion as Direc­tor of the Depart­ment of Ear­ly Learn­ing, the gov­er­nor’s office announced in a late-morn­ing press release. “With land­mark invest­ments this year, Wash­ing­ton state is poised to be a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Governor Inslee rebukes Senate Republicans: Let’s do our jobs, not fight the Supreme Court

Excerpt: Wash­ing­ton Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee had strong words for Sen­ate Repub­li­cans this after­noon after a major­i­ty (but not all) of the cau­cus pub­lished an open let­ter urg­ing the Leg­is­la­ture’s oth­er cau­cus­es to join them in insti­gat­ing a con­sti­tu­tion­al cri­sis by retal­i­at­ing against the state Supreme Court for its recent McCleary order. “Today I con­vened a call […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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