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Some GOP senators want to fight state Supreme Court over daily fines

Nineteen Majority Coalition Caucus state senators want the Legislature to defy the Washington Supreme Court on its $100,000 daily fines for not complying with its…

County’s proposed Best Starts for Kids levy, explained

According to neurologists, fully 85 percent of human brain growth is completed during the first three years of life. It’s a recognition that's driving a…

Inslee, legislators looking for path forward on schools

Gov. Jay Inslee says he and legislative leaders are looking at how they can meet the state Supreme Court's demands for better planning to provide…

Court fines state for school funding failures

The Washington Supreme Court is fining the state $100,000 a day until it comes up with solid plans to comply with a 2012 ruling that…

Lawmaker takes a shot at top education job

State Rep. Chris Reykdal, D-Olympia, said Thursday that he is running for Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. That makes him the second official candidate for…

Continued failure to fund K-12 education, McCleary plaintiffs argue

The McCleary plaintiffs argue that the Washington legislature is still dragging its feet on its constitutional duty to adequately fund basic education, and that Washington…

Commentary: Court will have a big say on Legislature’s school shortcomings

It’s finally over. After 177 days, the longest session in state history, the 2015 Legislature has finally gone home for the year. Or has it?…

To be continued: Argument on school taxes

A $3.5 billion tax fight appears to be brewing in Olympia for 2016 or 2017 over how to overhaul Washington’s school levy system. The overhaul…

Senate Republicans look to hold down taxes in future, too

Senate Republicans plan to stick to their no-new-taxes stance in 2016 and 2017, when the Legislature is expected to enact a bipartisan bill for a…

Sawhorse carpenters are customizing Nickelsville

On the lawn outside Franklin High School, an ethnically diverse group of four girls and four boys, students at Franklin and nearby Nova High School,…

State looks at way to save graduation for 1,800

Jesus Celes took biology in high school and got a B for the course. He took the state “end-of-course” test in biology twice this school…

Teachers say ‘all of the above’ to funding, smaller classes and fewer tests

Thousands of teachers from the Seattle, Issaquah and Mercer Island school districts walked out of the classroom Tuesday and marched down Seattle's Second Avenue to…

Podcast: Seattle Interagency students on dying young, adversity and the “at-risk” label

Every Thursday morning, new students trudge into the auditorium at the Seattle Interagency Academy. They're handed white binders full of questions that will help school…

Status of debate on education spending: 4 bills and a ticking clock.

It became obvious Thursday that lawmakers are going to need a few more weeks to hammer out a politically feasible, financially sound solution to the…

Legislators focus on dealing with school funding obligations

Two school levy reform proposals hit Olympia on Wednesday, bringing the total up to three such measures this week. School levy reform is a major…

State school super makes late push for big funding changes

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn unveiled his own plan Tuesday for the state to comply with a 2012 Washington Supreme Court ruling on education…

What to expect from Seattle’s universal pre-k program

Early childhood education became a national conversation when President Obama stood before Congress in his 2013 State of the Union and proclaimed it “one of…

State Legislature has huge budget disagreements to overcome

A capital gains tax? Democrats want it. Republicans hate it. An increased business-and-occupation tax on service firms? Democrats say it's needed. Republicans say it's too…

Commentary: Missing the point on McCleary

The most important policy debate in Washington State today, arguably in our generation, is the debate raging right now over the McCleary vs State of…

In Issaquah, hearing gunshots at school is the norm

On a recent Friday afternoon, a group of high school girls lobbed softballs back and forth on a field behind Issaquah High School, the pop…

Senate wants to lower tuition costs

The Washington Senate voted 37-12 Wednesday to reduce state college tuition by significant amounts on Wednesday. But such a move appears to have a $354…

Meet Crosscut’s Community Idea Lab winner

Abi Gibson is a high school senior. The oldest of three sisters, she's a vocal jazz nut and, like a lot of other high schoolers,…

Later school start times could have big impact

As a push for later high school start times intensifies in Seattle, a trio of Seattle doctors shared evidence Monday night that later school start times…

For universal Pre-K, the devil is in the details

[caption id="attachment_84001" align="alignright" width="225"] Marcy Whitebook, Director and Senior Researcher at the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at University of California,…

Community Idea Lab: The Final Five

How can we make K-12 classrooms more student-focused, individualized and community-rooted? That's the question we asked all of you this winter through our Community Idea…

Some GOP senators want to fight state Supreme Court over daily fines

Nineteen Majority Coalition Caucus state senators want the Legislature to defy the Washington Supreme Court on its $100,000 daily fines for not complying with its…