Teacher Walkouts
4:27 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Wash. Lawmakers React Along Party Lines To Teacher Walkouts

File photo by Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 6:19 pm

Lawmakers in Olympia are in a special session to finalize the Washington state budget. Some teachers’ unions have decided to walk out for a day to appeal for more money in the K-12 budget.

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School Funding
5:36 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Washington Lawmakers Discuss Education Funding Options for McCleary

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Washington lawmakers are already days into a special session, but they still need to deal with a court mandate to fund basic education.

Lawmakers met today to discuss options. They’re torn between competing plans to give more funding to schools.

In the McCleary decision, the state Supreme Court ruled that the Legislature was not fulfilling its constitutional obligation to fully fund education.Lawmakers need to find a way to do that before 2019. 

Republican Senator Bruce Dammeier says lawmakers have unfairly burdened school districts.

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Standardized Testing
5:52 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

As Students Refuse Tests, Washington Superintendent Warns Of Consequences

Washington superintendent Randy Dorn said low participation rates of standardized tests could cost schools federal money.
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The top education official in Washington State said teachers could face investigation and schools could lose funding - if the number of students refusing standardized tests keeps rising. 

Washington superintendent Randy Dorn doesn't like the phrase "opt-out."

"It's really a refusal to take an assessment that's required by the federal government," Dorn said.

He said low participation rates could cost schools federal money.

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Teacher Pay
4:19 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Idaho Governor Signs Bill To Boost Teacher Pay

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signs the ''career ladder'' bill with lawmakers who backed the bill looking on.
Office of the Governor

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 4:31 pm

Idaho teachers could start seeing raises as soon as next fall after Governor Butch Otter signed a pay plan known as the “career ladder” into law Thursday.

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Idaho Teacher Pay
4:36 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Teachers Say Pay Plan Won’t Make Idaho More Attractive To Educators

Teachers and administrators testified before the Idaho House Education Committee on Tuesday.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 3:16 pm

Idaho school districts say the state needs to offer better pay if it’s going to attract qualified teachers -- or keep the ones it has.

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Standardized Tests
6:01 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Idaho Bill Would Let Parents Opt Their Kids Out Of Standardized Test Requirement

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Idaho parents who don’t want their child to have to pass the state’s standardized test for graduation would be able to opt-out under a bill in the state Senate.

Students would instead be allowed to go through an alternative assessment developed by districts.

Republican Senator Steven Thayne is sponsoring the bill.

“There are some parents that are very concerned by more and more testing. And one reason we’re bringing this bill forward is we’re trying to give a voice to those parents who have concerns,” Thayne said.

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Standardized Tests
6:43 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Oregon House Committee Hears Bills On Standardized Tests

A work group of teachers and administrators has recommended less emphasis on end-of-year state exams and more focus on classroom-level assessments.
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Oregon's House Education Committee heard testimony Monday on high-stakes exams. A work group of teachers and administrators has recommended less emphasis on end-of-year state exams and more focus on classroom-level assessments.

One House bill would delay using the new "Smarter Balanced" exam results to judge schools and teachers. Another would make it easier to opt out of the tests. Portland parent and teacher Elizabeth Thiel argued that bill should go further - and prohibit sanctions against schools like hers, where students are opting out.

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Idaho Teacher Pay
6:38 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Why So Many Idaho Politicians Say It's Time To Raise Teacher Pay

St. Maries school superintendent Joseph Kren says he struggles to get enough applications for open teacher jobs.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Starting salary for Idaho teachers is lower than in Washington, Oregon, and three other surrounding states. Superintendents in Idaho border towns say that’s left them with shortages. Idaho lawmakers in both parties want to raise teacher salaries during the legislative session.

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Strike Ends
4:26 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

UO Graduate Teaching Fellows Call Off Strike

The Graduate Teaching Fellows at the University of Oregon called off their strike today after reaching a tentative agreement with administration. Bargaining teams worked through the night. the GTFs were on strike for 8 days.

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UO Grad Strike
4:39 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

UO Grad Students In Second Week Of Strike

The University of Oregon gave its faculty options for administering finals and giving grades during the second week of a labor strike.
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It's finals week at the University of Oregon and Graduate Teaching Fellows are in their second week of a labor strike.

University of Oregon spokeswoman Julie Brown said with Graduate Teaching Fellows on strike the school is giving faculty options for administering finals and giving grades.

"In some cases, finals are continuing as have been planned all term. In other situations, students may have the option to be able to take the grade earned on coursework to date," Brown said.

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