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Key leader threatens education plan

A Senate Republican committee head has warned that the bipartisan education plan authored by the governor's education task force may be blocked in the State Senate unless major…

Kindergarten program for special needs children may be saved

Supporters of the Experimental Education Unit – a program of the University of Washington aimed at offering inclusive educations for young children with special needs…

Seattle schools axing inclusive kindergarten

Jordan Taitingfong, a Seattle educator with the Experimental Education Unit, discovered early last week that this could be her final year teaching here. For over…

Major teacher shortage across the state, educators report

When Rob Manahan, superintendent of the Lake Chelan School District, began his post six years ago, he says a teaching opening could see as many…

Why some UW professors want a union, and others resist one

The movement to unionize some 6,000 faculty members at the sprawling University of Washington is a daunting and complicated task. It is a fight in…

KPLU would have liked to save itself. It never got the chance.

The sale of KPLU to KUOW was a decision between two universities – Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Washington. As became quickly obvious…

Visionary WSU leader Elson S. Floyd, remembered

Elson Floyd will receive special posthumous recognition at Crosscut’s 2015 Courage Awards ceremony on October 29 at Benaroya Hall. A limited number of tickets to…

Election raises questions about Seattle schools’ direction

Since summer, Seattle has been enmeshed in a city council election with a new, district-based format where campaigning has been dogged and high profile. Alongside that…

The principal of “Last Chance High” stands tall for her students

Kaaren Andrews is the recipient of Crosscut’s 2015 Courage Award for public service. This year's winners will be honored at the annual Courage Awards Breakfast…

A step-by-step guide to Washington’s school funding problems

In early September, Seattle teachers encircled the schools where they normally run classrooms and picketed, wearing red shirts and chanting slogans. It took nearly a…

How the teacher pay raise formula could worsen Seattle’s inequity

Much of the debate over teacher salaries at the heart of the Seattle teachers’ first contract-related strike in 30 years is focused on what percent…

Taking a stand with Seattle teachers for students, equity

The Seattle teachers’ strike of 1985 may have been the best weeks of my life. Facing the start of third grade, the strike felt like…

School fine has Olympia’s attention

The $100,000 daily fine got the governor and Legislature’s attention. Gov. Jay Inslee and members of the Legislature’s four caucuses plan to meet Sept. 24…

Strike tests superintendent’s reputation as a peacemaker

The Seattle schools strike, the first the city has seen over a teachers' contract in 30 years, is the type of high profile confrontation that…

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…