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Keep pressure on Legislature

The best grade you can give the Legislature in regard to meeting its 2018 deadline to amply fund education is an incomplete. And that's a grade many in the Legislature would give themselves following the record 176 days they spent in session this year.The only grade that...

Date: 07/30/2015 | Editorials

Kids, not pay, top list of reasons for teacher walkouts

A recent letter to the Herald chastises teachers for the one-day walk-outs that occurred around our state. The big complaint was that it inconvenienced parents, who are stressed finding childcare, while teachers are striking for more money (cost of living increases). But these strikes...

Date: 06/20/2015 | Commentary

Time for action

Editorial: Enough with the statements on education funding

Date: 05/21/2015 | Editorials

Mukilteo teachers, too, will strike; Everett district to serve lunch

MUKILTEO — Members of the teachers union here will walk off the job on Wednesday, joining those of other school districts in political action aimed at

Date: 05/18/2015 | Local News

Use like terms to compare salaries

I am taken aback by the hostility expressed toward public school teachers in two recent letters to the Herald ("Accountability must play part,"

Date: 05/10/2015 | Commentary

7 steps for reform

How Legislature can solve the education funding mess

Date: 05/10/2015 | Commentary

An enticement for lawmakers

After a four-day break, state lawmakers were scheduled to resume work today to finish what they couldn't in the regular session to show adequate progress to fully fund education, agree to a package of transportation projects and find agreement to adopt the operating and capital budgets...

Date: 04/29/2015 | Editorials

Tests alone not adequate to judge student’s knowledge, teacher’s skill

As spring emerges in the Puget Sound region, students, parents and educators alike are turning their focus to the latest and greatest version of Washington state's student assessments. While standardized tests can be a productive measure of certain aspects of a student's competency,...

Date: 04/18/2015 | Commentary

Reforms would add state, local control

With a flicker of bipartisanship, work has begun on a significant reform of the nation's main education law, No Child Left Behind, which could end a lot of the frustration among students, parents and teachers with...

Date: 04/15/2015 | Editorials

Using test scores in teacher evaluations ineffective, unfair

The Washington state Senate is gearing up to pass a bill that would mean teachers and principals would be evaluated based on student state test score results. Though our Legislature believes this will effectively analyze our teachers and according to some will "weed...

Date: 04/04/2015 | Commentary

Get No Child Left Behind waiver, funds back

School districts across the state could regain control of about $40 million in federal funding if the state House and governor agree to a bill passed Wednesday by the Senate.

Date: 03/13/2015 | Editorials

Compromise to fix education

Monday's editorial outlined how, over the decades, individual school districts have stepped up to pay a greater share of teacher and other school employee pay, and how that will have to end under the state...

Date: 02/17/2015 | Editorials

Teacher pay is basic education

With a transportation package provided a good start, the Legislature soon can begin to turn its attention to education and satisfy the state's residents and its Supreme Court that it will fulfill its "paramount duty" under the constitution and fully fund basic K-12...

Date: 02/16/2015 | Editorials

Stand for Children adds its voice to chorus for education fix

In addressing education funding when it convenes in January, the Legislature must serve two masters.It has to satisfy a state Supreme Court ruling — and lift a contempt of court finding — that mandates that it fulfill its paramount duty to fully fund education in...

Date: 12/15/2014 | Editorials

New talks for striking University of Oregon teaching assistants

EUGENE, Ore. — Both sides in a week-old strike by graduate teaching assistants at the University of Oregon have met for another mediation session.

Date: 12/08/2014 | Northwest

Initiative is not the path to better schools

It's hard to argue against lower class sizes, which is what Initiative 1351 says it would provide.The latest figure finds Washington ranks 47th for classroom size in the U.S., a ranking disputed...

Date: 10/22/2014 | Editorials

Settlement pays teacher in Wenatchee student drowning case

WENATCHEE — The teacher who was in charge of a Wenatchee High School gym class when a student drowned will be paid for two more years to remain on leave.A settlement was reached this month with Ed Knaggs who was fired over the 2011 drowning but won reinstatement.

Date: 08/21/2014 | Northwest

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