Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled ideas for big increases in education spending, partly financed with elimination of tax breaks. A key Republican says he doesn't see a single move on tax breaks he could support.
A contract for the new Richland School District superintendent outlines his pay, health benefits and how his job performance will be evaluated. It also addresses his "morality." "It is ambiguous," says one official.
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Today, child care standards vary wildly from state to state. And even within states, standards may vary depending on the size or type of provider: Smaller, at-home providers are frequently subject to much less rigorous requirements.
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Revive Indian Heritage program, supporters tell Seattle schools
The supporters held a rally for the Indian Heritage Middle College, an alternative high-school program, asking Seattle schools today to keep it in the district. The program was supposed to close last year but was delayed by Superintendent Jose Banda. Now it is supposed to move to a space in Northgate Mall.
Educators say shorter school days allow teachers to complete required non-class work at a time when there is no money to pay teachers to do the work outside of school hours. But education analyst Jami Lund said the uptick in partial days is driven by something else -– collective bargaining and districts willing to give up class time when there is no money for teacher raises.
New Wash. engineering program for low-income students
The UW and WSU have developed a plan that takes 32 low-income high school graduates and puts them into a five-year engineering program. The program allows students to get used to the college workload before entering the regular engineering curriculum the next year.
Smith-Blum drops state education bid, may run again in Seattle
School Board Member Kay Smith-Blum says she is dropping her candidacy for a State Board of Education position. She will stay on the Seattle School Board until at least the end of her term this year and may seek re-election.
The ACT test for high school students will have a computer version available by 2015. A pen and paper option will still be available for a while. More students are now taking the ACT than the SAT for their college entrance exam.
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Michael DeBell won't run for another term on Seattle School Board