Randy Dorn http://kplu.org en Wash. Superintendent's Estimate For Ed Funding Nearly Twice That Of Lawmakers' http://kplu.org/post/wash-superintendents-estimate-ed-funding-nearly-twice-lawmakers <p>Washington's top elected school official is urging state lawmakers to think bigger as they craft a court-ordered plan to increase education funding for the state's K-12 schools.</p><p>Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn this week&nbsp;<a href="https://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/PressReleases2014/McClearyPlan.pdf" target="_blank">unveiled a plan to increase education funding by $6.7 billion</a> by the 2017-2018 school year. That's&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">nearly twice as much as <a href="http://www.leg.wa.gov/JointCommittees/EFTF/Documents/JTFEF%20Final%20Report%20-%20combined%20(2).pdf" target="_blank">the amount state legislative analysts estimate is needed</a> to comply with the landmark McCleary decision. In the 2012</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;case, the&nbsp;</span>state Supreme Court&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ordered lawmakers to fully fund K-12 schools by 2018.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:37:29 +0000 Kyle Stokes 16235 at http://kplu.org Wash. Superintendent's Estimate For Ed Funding Nearly Twice That Of Lawmakers' Where Fate Of Wash. State's Education Waiver Now Stands, And Why It Matters http://kplu.org/post/where-fate-wash-states-education-waiver-now-stands-and-why-it-matters <p>Washington state is at risk of losing nearly $40 million in federal funding after <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-legislature-adjourns-without-action-medical-marijuana-gas-tax">lawmakers left Olympia</a> without passing a teacher evaluation bill.</p><p>Without the bill, the state failed to secure a waiver for an onerous requirement under the No Child Left Behind Act. As a result, the fate of federal funding for local <a href="http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/03/04/3078010/how-tacoma-spends-its-title-i.html" target="_blank">preschool programs</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=310241&amp;sessionid=64c82a6b59249c80c12123b491ca6769" target="_blank">extended day services</a>&nbsp;now hinges on what federal education officials decide in coming months.</p><p>Here's an explanation of why the lawmakers didn't pass the bill, and where the complex issue now stands.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kyle Stokes 14865 at http://kplu.org Where Fate Of Wash. State's Education Waiver Now Stands, And Why It Matters State Supreme Court: Lawmakers Must Expedite Education Funding http://kplu.org/post/state-supreme-court-lawmakers-must-expedite-education-funding <p style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday ordered lawmakers to submit a complete plan by the end of April to detail how the state will fully pay for basic education.</span></p><p style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">The 8-1 ruling said that while the state made progress in last year's budget to increase funding for K-12 education, it was "not on target" to hit the constitutionally required funding level by the 2017-18 school year.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 23:25:19 +0000 Florangela Davila & Rachel La Corte 12440 at http://kplu.org State Supreme Court: Lawmakers Must Expedite Education Funding State Schools Superintendent Proposes Taxes for Education http://kplu.org/post/state-schools-superintendent-proposes-taxes-education <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington schools chief Randy </span>Dorn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the time has come to raise taxes to increase funding for public education. And he&rsquo;s prepared to lead the fight.</span></p><p>Dorn styles himself as a bit of a maverick. He says his job is to make adults uncomfortable. He recently gave the legislature a grade of &ldquo;incomplete&rdquo; for its first down payment on a Supreme Court decision that says Washington is not adequately funding public schools.</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:30:52 +0000 Austin Jenkins 10390 at http://kplu.org State Schools Superintendent Proposes Taxes for Education Public education honchos gather in anti-charter schools camp http://kplu.org/post/public-education-honchos-gather-anti-charter-schools-camp <p>Some prominent education officials, including the top dogs in Seattle and in Washington State, want voters to reject a ballot measure that would allow up to 40 charter schools in Washington. Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn is announcing his opposition to Initiative 1240 Thursday morning, the day after Seattle School Board members voted unanimously to oppose the ballot measure. Seattle Superintendent Jose Banda recently reiterated his personal disapproval of the initiative as well. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:22:48 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6759 at http://kplu.org Public education honchos gather in anti-charter schools camp Washington gets wiggle room under No Child Left Behind http://kplu.org/post/washington-gets-wiggle-room-under-no-child-left-behind <p>Washington schools will be able to sidestep some of the toughest standards and punishments in the federal No Child Left Behind law. The federal government announced Friday it will give waivers to Washington and Wisconsin.</p><p>Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn has said under the current law, nearly every school in the state would get socked with penalties. Schools are supposed to have all of their students meeting learning standards by 2014, or else lose control over big chunks of federal money.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 23:31:18 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5529 at http://kplu.org State superintendent gives his proposal for school funding http://kplu.org/post/state-superintendent-gives-his-proposal-school-funding <p>The good news in this week&#39;s new Washington state revenue forecast has drawn the attention of everyone who wants some money for their department or program.</p><p>But in a <a href="http://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/PressReleases2012/Statement-RevenueForecast.aspx">statement put out by Superintendent of Public Instruction</a> Randy Dorn, Dorn says the state Constitution and the Supreme Court give Washington only one choice: pay for education first.</p><p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 22:37:29 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 4193 at http://kplu.org State superintendent gives his proposal for school funding Despite data, state supe Dorn says new evaluation system needed for teachers and principals http://kplu.org/post/despite-data-state-supe-dorn-says-new-evaluation-system-needed-teachers-and-principals <p>If you listen to the numbers, there&#39;s no need for any change in the way teachers and principals are evaluated in public schools here in Washington State.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/52585661/Sees-Summary-PDF-Sy2009-10">Data is in</a> from a first-ever statewide survey about their performance. It says very few teachers are a problem: not even 500 were rated unsatisfactory in all of Washington.</p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 13:12:29 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1162 at http://kplu.org Despite data, state supe Dorn says new evaluation system needed for teachers and principals Gregoire makes another push for 'Education Czar' http://kplu.org/post/gregoire-makes-another-push-education-czar <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-955577.mp3</p><p>Governor Chris Gregoire is making another push to create a cabinet-level Department of Education. The idea appears to be faltering in the Washington legislature.</p><p> Thu, 03 Mar 2011 15:50:53 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 921 at http://kplu.org Gregoire makes rare appearance before legislature to tout education system reforms http://kplu.org/post/gregoire-makes-rare-appearance-legislature-tout-education-system-reforms <p>Christine Gregoire says she had an "aha moment" last summer about why Washington's education system isn't getting any better.</p><p>The governor made a rare appearance before a legislative committee Wednesday to talk about her proposal to create a new cabinet-level Department of Education that would oversee all the state's education efforts, committees and boards, from early learning to college.</p> Wed, 02 Feb 2011 23:21:00 +0000 Gary Crawford 696 at http://kplu.org Gregoire makes rare appearance before legislature to tout education system reforms Friday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/friday-mornings-headlines-5 <p>Making headlines this morning:</p><ul><li><strong>Key Document Surfaces in Woodcarver <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: 800;">Shooting</span></strong></li><li><strong>Education Department Idea Moves Forward in Olympia</strong></li><li><strong>Packed Hearing Backs Saving a Tacoma High School</strong></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Woodcarver's Shooting: Evidence Surfaces</strong></p><p>A city councilman's email plea to Seattle Police Chief John Diaz for an independent investigation following the &nbsp;fatal shooting of John T. Williams by a cop last August was omitted from a public disclosure request.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 14:49:27 +0000 KPLU News Staff 664 at http://kplu.org Friday morning's headlines Thursday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/thursday-mornings-headlines-4 <p>Making headlines this morning:</p><ul><li><strong>Flap Over Govenor's Education Proposal Intensifies</strong></li><li><strong>Domestic violence victims face system "failures"</strong></li><li><strong>Governors meet to discuss Columbia River coal-shipping terminal</strong></li></ul><p> Thu, 06 Jan 2011 14:48:42 +0000 KPLU News Staff 487 at http://kplu.org Thursday morning's headlines Superintendent fumes over Gregoire’s education plan http://kplu.org/post/superintendent-fumes-over-gregoire%E2%80%99s-education-plan <p>Washington voters elected him state superintendent of public schools. Now Governor Chris Gregoire wants to takeover his portfolio. Randy Dorn is fuming over the Governor’s proposal to create a cabinet-level Department of Education.</p><p> Thu, 06 Jan 2011 14:00:26 +0000 Austin Jenkins 484 at http://kplu.org Superintendent fumes over Gregoire’s education plan Schools superintendent moves to delay new graduation requirements http://kplu.org/post/schools-superintendent-moves-delay-new-graduation-requirements <p>This year’s high school freshman and sophomores might have fewer graduation tests to dread if Randy Dorn has his way.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 21:56:19 +0000 Charla Bear 241 at http://kplu.org Schools superintendent moves to delay new graduation requirements