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Did GOP cover up a $1 billion school-funding error?

Democrats in the state Senate are angry about what they say were actions by Republicans that apparently misled colleagues and the public over mistakes in…

Inside the high-stakes chess match over school funding

After a long wait, the debate over state education funding got underway in earnest last week, as Democrats grappled with the year’s first major proposal…

Legislature’s school debate lurches into gear

The state’s school funding debate managed to lurch forward last week, as Senate Republicans released a long-awaited education plan just as their Democratic counterparts unsuccessfully…

Parents alarmed by police presence at school walkouts

A recent communication from Seattle’s public schools has met sharp criticism from parents and public officials who found it threatening to their kids. In an…

At UW, students get lessons on homelessness

On a chilly Saturday morning, more than a dozen volunteers helped set up a tent city for the homeless in a new spot: the University…

Wanted: a few (hundred) good computer science teachers

Here’s something to wrap your brain around: Washington state, one of the nation’s foremost tech hubs, has historically only offered computer science as an elective…

Day 1 in Olympia, and etiquette is already out the window

An agreement, then a last-minute snub: That’s what Democrats allege took place last week during negotiations over the state’s school funding crisis. Republican legislators skipped…

Inslee: Fund schools by taxing polluters, investment earnings

Gauntlet, thrown. Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday unveiled what will likely be the banner proposal of his second term: a funding package designed to fill…

Why tech companies aren’t hiring more local grads

It’s no secret that Washington state is home to some of the world’s top tech companies, yet these companies consistently struggle to find local talent.…

Ending Washington’s biggest budget battle

It's a multi-billion-dollar elephant in the room. Or not — because, unlike the proverbial elephant, this beast gets mentioned incessantly. So what should we call…

Science: It’s not just for lab geeks anymore

Asked to imagine a future career in science, most kids will probably envision white lab coats and beakers, or line upon line of computer code.…

‘Learning labs’ prepare Washington kids for the workforce

High school teacher Renee Poitras doesn’t have her students do pointless busy work. Instead, Poitras, a biology teacher at Kent-Meridian High School, integrates real-world lessons…

The race to manage Washington’s budget mess

Sitting in a bright, empty doughnut shop along Seattle’s Third Avenue, Erin Jones does something politicians normally don’t: She admits she was wrong. Then she…

With $10 million investment, Amazon expands relationship with UW

The University of Washington announced today that Amazon has pledged $10 million to help fund the construction of a second building for the Computer Science…

Exposing sexual assault at Washington colleges

While the issues of sexual and domestic violence have come out of the shadows over recent decades, there is one place where it too often…

From farm to future: Getting small-town kids into tech

For Tyler Thornton, pears, apples and jetliners aren’t so far apart. Thornton, now 22, grew up as a fourth-generation orchardist in the remote Okanogan Valley,…

The fight for the tough job running state schools

It seemed like a scenario that would create news headlines so big that they would force action in Olympia. A Washington Supreme Court ruling that…

Lawsuit: Teacher pay should be same in rich, poor districts

It may not sound like a problem: In many Washington school districts, local taxpayers chip in to pay teachers salaries that are higher than the…

Who’s fixing tech’s diversity problems?

The picture is by now familiar: Many tech companies are very white and very male. Women leave tech companies at a higher rate than men.…

Why Washington kids aren’t getting our best jobs

This is the first in a series of stories from Crosscut that will take a look at STEM education in the state and how it…

Washington’s healthcare shortages receive new focus

The epicenter of medicine, research and education in Washington is the Seattle area, with multiple renowned hospitals and universities. But as another hub continues growing…

Charter schools suspending black students at high rates

Charter schools, which are new to Washington state, appear to be suspending African American students nationally at even higher rates than the traditional public schools whose…

Tent city for homeless headed to UW campus

Next winter, 100 homeless people might set up a tent city on the UW campus, to serve as their home for 90 days. If it…

UW wins freedom from city’s landmarks law

A King County judge has found that the city of Seattle’s landmarks ordinance does not apply to the University of Washington’s main campus. The decision…

For undocumented students at UW, a new future

Josue Rios, a 21-year-old student at the University of Washington, escaped violence in Venezuela with his parents when he was two years old. The plan…