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Charter School Case
8:30 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Wash. Supreme Court Hears Charter School Case

The Washington State Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday regarding whether certain tax dollars can go to the privately-run but publicly-funded schools.
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The Washington State Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday regarding the constitutionality of the voter-approved charter school law.

The primary issue in the case is whether certain tax dollars can go to the privately-run but publicly-funded schools.

State law dictates that certain funding is only for so-called “common schools” - traditionally, K-12 public schools.

Last year, a King County Superior Court judge ruled that funding charters with money that’s restricted for common schools was unconstitutional.

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Education
5:32 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

UO Graduate Fellows Issue Strike Notice

The Graduate Teaching Fellows at the University of Oregon have issued a strike notice regarding paid leave.
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The Graduate Teaching Fellows at the University of Oregon have issued a strike notice. Both parties must submit their final contract offers to the state mediator Monday.

The main sticking point is paid leave.

The strike notice places the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, or GTFF, and the University at an impasse, a 30 day cooling off period.

If a strike does take place, it would be a huge work stoppage at the University of Oregon. Joe Henry is a Graduate Student in Anthropology and the President of the GTFF, which has 1,500 members.

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Charter Schools
5:26 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Spokane Approves Second Charter School

Wednesday night the Spokane Public Schools board authorized a second charter school for the district: Spokane International Academy.
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Wednesday night, the Spokane Public Schools board authorized a second charter school for the district: Spokane International Academy. The board approved its first charter school Pride Prep in January.

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Education Funding
3:51 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Could Hold Legislature In Contempt

Attorney Tom Ahearne represents the coalition that sued the state of Washington over school funding. He wants the Supreme Court to find the state in contempt.
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It’s a showdown between the state of Washington’s legislative and judicial branches. The Supreme Court will consider Wednesday whether to penalize the state for not complying with a 2012 ruling on school funding. 

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Washington Education
4:27 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Most Washington Public Schools Now Deemed “Failing”

Washington State’s education department announced today that nearly nine out of 10 Washington schools failed to make the federal government’s achievement standard
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Most of the public schools in Washington state have to send letters home to families notifying them that their children’s school is failing to meet state standards.

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Class of 2025
7:23 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Learning And Lunch: School Programs Fight The Summer Slide

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It's three weeks until school starts in Oregon. It can't come too soon for parents who are struggling to keep their kids fed, supervised, and learning, over the summer.

OPB has been following a cohort of Oregon kids in the Class of 2025. They'll be in second grade soon. Rob Manning will visit with a few of those kids - as part of a broader look at what summer means for students in Oregon.

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Teacher Tests
7:37 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Oregon Teachers To Face Exit Exams In Years To Come

A form for a standardized test.
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This summer in Oregon, education leaders brought together teaching professors and school officials to improve teacher training. The June institute followed a national report, critical of training programs. And new teachers will soon be asked to pass a new standardized test. Think of it as a Common Core for teachers in training. Rob Manning has more.

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Washington Initiatives
4:43 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Washington Voters May Decide Class Size And Money In Politics Measures

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman (right) unloading boxes of petitions for a ballot measure.
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This is the season for summer concert lineups. But there’s another lineup coming this fall - the one on your ballot. Thursday is the deadline for initiative sponsors in Washington and Oregon to submit their petitions to qualify for the November election. Pot legalization and GMO-labeling are among the issues likely to make the ballot in Oregon. In Washington, it’s guns, money and class-size.

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Student Testing
7:11 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Schools Grapple With Linking Student Test Scores To Teacher Evaluations

Jan LeBlanc, a teacher at Cherry Park Elementary, helps one of her students.
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It's summer vacation for students - and teachers - across the country. Administrators often use the summer to take a bigger look at how schools are doing, and that can mean a critical look at teachers. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Rob Manning looks at evaluations for current teachers - and the role of student test scores in those evaluations.

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Charter Schools
6:14 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Idaho Students Looking At A Re-do After Charter School Falls Short

An annual survey by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers found that the closure rate for charter schools in 2013 was 3.3 percent.
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About 30 high school freshmen and sophomores who attended a charter school in eastern Idaho may have to repeat classes, or even an entire grade, next year. A state commission found their fledgling school failed to measure up.

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