education

Washington Dream Act
6:38 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Washington Dream Act Unlikely to Clear Senate

Supporters of the so-called Washington Dream Act plan to make one more uphill push in Olympia Tuesday. The measure would extend state financial aid to eligible college students who are in the US illegally. Hopes for the bill dwindled this weekend as a key state senator spoke out against the measure. KUOW’s Liz Jones reports.

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Financing Education
4:57 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Washington Governor Shifts Emphasis To Sell Tax Package For Schools

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 4:45 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – On the campaign trail, Washington Governor Jay Inslee talked about financing education by growing the economy. Now the Democrat proposes to raise $1.2 billion for schools by extending some tax increases and ending some tax breaks.

In Spokane last June I moderated the first gubernatorial debate between Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna. And I put this question to both candidates: if elected, would you ask voters to support a new tax for schools to respond to the Washington Supreme Court’s ruling that the state is not adequately funding education.

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Principal Veto Power
5:21 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Washington Educators Pan Bill Aimed At Teacher 'Dance Of the Lemons'

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 4:54 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It’s an idea that’s catching on around the country: give school principals the power to reject a teacher assigned to their building. Giving principals veto power has already passed the Washington Senate. But at a public hearing in the House Friday the idea faced opposition – and not just from teachers.

In the education documentary “Waiting For Superman” they talk about the dance of the lemons.

Waiting For Superman: “Principals have their lemons. These are teachers who are chronically bad: they know it, the other teachers know it …”

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Funding Higher Education
5:12 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Washington Senate Majority Wants More Higher Ed Funding

Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 5:11 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The mostly Republican majority in the Washington state Senate want to spend an extra $300 million on higher education. Tuesday, Republican budget-writers unveiled a plan that would increase money universities receive and fully fund the state’s prepaid tuition program.

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Oregon Universities
6:41 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Oregon Universities Fastest-Growing In Nation

Enrollment in Oregon’s public universities has grown faster than those in any other state in the country. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, Rob Manning has more on a new national study.

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Oregon Education Funding
5:38 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Education Leaders See Potential For "Adequate" School Funding, But Cuts Possible, Too

The latest state budget plans released Monday in Salem are drawing mixed reviews from the education community.

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Oregon Budget Proposal
3:57 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Oregon Legislative Budget Writers Release Spending Proposal

Gregg M. Erickson Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 5:12 pm

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon legislature's chief budget writers released their proposed two-year spending plan Monday. The two Democrats in charge of drawing up the budget outline say all of the numbers are subject to negotiation. But state Senator Richard Devlin and state Representative Peter Buckley say it will be hard to persuade them to lower the $6.75 billion they've set aside for K-12 education.

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Seclusion Cells
6:52 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Lawmakers Examine Use Of School Seclusion Cells

The two seclusion rooms at Pioneer School's K-6 campus in Portland are 7 feet by 7 feet.
Credit Photo by Chris Lehman. / Northwest News Networ

When kids get severely out of control in class, some schools place the students in a "seclusion cell." It's sort of a "time-out" room where kids can calm down without posing a risk to themselves or others. A measure moving through the Oregon legislature would ban the use of the starkest version of these cells. But some mental health advocates say the bill doesn't go far enough. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Supermajority Ruling
6:17 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Education Groups Hail Supermajority Ruling

Education groups led the charge to strike down the two-thirds vote requirement to raise taxes in the Washington state Legislature.

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University Research Funding
5:07 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Universities Say Research Funding Cuts May Bring Job Cuts

Jimmy Emerson Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 4:59 pm

The Northwest's public universities pull in massive amounts of federal research dollars. It totaled $1 billion last year at the University of Washington. Oregon State University won close to $200 million in federal research funds. The University of Idaho is counting on $100 million this year. So it's no surprise that university administrators are hanging on every scrap of news about imminent automatic federal budget cuts.

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