education funding http://kplu.org en 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 Washington Legislature On Collision Course Over Tax Breaks http://kplu.org/post/washington-legislature-collision-course-over-tax-breaks <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The final two weeks of the Washington legislative session may come down to a battle over tax breaks.</span></p><p>Democrats want to eliminate a series of tax exemptions to fund teacher cost-of-living raises and other education priorities. Republicans propose just the opposite; they want to renew several tax incentives with the goal of creating or preserving jobs.</p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:28:37 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14167 at http://kplu.org Washington Legislature On Collision Course Over Tax Breaks Washington Senate Democrats Target Tax Exemptions To Fund Schools http://kplu.org/post/washington-senate-democrats-target-tax-exemptions-fund-schools <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Minority Democrats in the Washington Senate want to tax oil refineries, bottled water, prescription drug resellers and out-of-state shoppers. The proposal released Tuesday could generate $100 million per year for public schools.</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:04:15 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14103 at http://kplu.org Washington Senate Democrats Target Tax Exemptions To Fund Schools Gov. Inslee Wants To Put $200 Million More Into Education For Supplies, Teacher COLAs http://kplu.org/post/gov-inslee-wants-put-200-million-more-education-supplies-teacher-colas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is making another push for lawmakers to close tax exemptions to fund education. The Democrat made his pitch Tuesday, but there’s no indication the mostly Republican majority in the Washington Senate can be persuaded.</span></p><p>The money would pay for the reforms the Legislature has already approved, including a 1.3 percent salary increase for teachers and staff. The governor said the money will include sending $130 million to K-12 public schools to pay for textbooks, computers and curriculum updates.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:28:39 +0000 Austin Jenkins & The Associated Press 12968 at http://kplu.org Gov. Inslee Wants To Put $200 Million More Into Education For Supplies, Teacher COLAs Enviro Groups Urge Lawmakers To Close Tax Loophole Benefiting Oil Companies http://kplu.org/post/enviro-groups-urge-lawmakers-close-tax-loophole-benefiting-oil-companies <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than 20 environmental groups have joined together with a common priority this short legislative session:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">close what they say is a huge loophole </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">benefiting</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> big oil companies.</span></p><p>The Environmental Priorities Coalition includes big names like the Sierra Club, American Rivers, Fuse and the Cascade Bicycle Club. They don’t always see eye to eye on things, but when it comes to oil companies and the state tax structure, they’re all sure something’s not quite right.</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:54:24 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 12637 at http://kplu.org Enviro Groups Urge Lawmakers To Close Tax Loophole Benefiting Oil Companies Legislative Critics Don't Like Ed Funding Report http://kplu.org/post/legislative-critics-dont-ed-funding-report <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">When the Legislature made its annual report to the Washington Supreme Court this week on progress toward improving the way the state pays for public schools, lawmakers said they did the best they could under the circumstances. Legislative critics do not agree.</p><p> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 00:21:27 +0000 Donna Gordon Blankinship 9847 at http://kplu.org Seattle city council president says state may have to raise taxes to fund schools http://kplu.org/post/seattle-city-council-president-says-state-may-have-raise-taxes-fund-schools <p></p><p>The president of the Seattle City Council says the state needs to make sure it adequately funds schools – and that may mean the state has to raise taxes.&nbsp;</p><p>The state of Washington faces a grim budget deficit – more than $2.5 billion over the next two years, by one estimate. At the same time, the state also has to boost money for schools, according to a state supreme court decision.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:20:39 +0000 Ashley Gross 7276 at http://kplu.org High demand for women in trades http://kplu.org/post/high-demand-women-trades <p>If the skyrocketing cost of a college degree seems intimidating, you might want to consider the skilled trades as an alternative &ndash; especially if you&rsquo;re female.</p><p>That was the message at the<a href="http://www.wawomenintrades.com/jobfair.html"> Washington Women in Trades</a> annual career fair at Seattle Center, where dozens of employers aimed to recruit young women, enticing them with the chance to try their hand as a carpenter, painter or steelworker.</p> Sat, 12 May 2012 01:13:52 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5011 at http://kplu.org High demand for women in trades Washington Supreme Court to rule on school funding case http://kplu.org/post/washington-supreme-court-rule-school-funding-case <p>SEATTLE &mdash; The Washington Supreme Court plans to issue a ruling today on a major case concerning the state&#39;s obligation to pay for public school education.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 17:06:40 +0000 The Associated Press 3602 at http://kplu.org Wash. Governor wants to toughen teacher evaluations http://kplu.org/post/wash-governor-wants-toughen-teacher-evaluations OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington Governor Chris Gregoire wants to put teeth into a statewide system for evaluating teachers and principals. In Olympia Tuesday, Gregoire said she'll ask the Legislature to approve a new four tier performance rating. It would go from unsatisfactory, to basic, to proficient, and top out at distinguished.<p>The governor wants the law to require educators in the two lowest tiers improve within a year or be fired.<p>"We need to address this concern out there that we have bad teachers. For the most part, we have very, very good teachers. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 01:12:55 +0000 Tom Banse 3446 at http://kplu.org Wash. Governor wants to toughen teacher evaluations Fight over education funding heads to state Supreme Court http://kplu.org/post/fight-over-education-funding-heads-state-supreme-court <p>The state constitution says it&rsquo;s Washington&rsquo;s &ldquo;paramount duty to make ample provisions for the education of all children,&rdquo; but is it failing to do that? This afternoon, the state Supreme Court will consider arguments on both sides.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 15:50:51 +0000 Charla Bear 1955 at http://kplu.org Fight over education funding heads to state Supreme Court State universities will set tuition http://kplu.org/post/state-universities-will-set-tuition <p>Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed a measure giving the state&#39;s six four-year colleges and universities ability to set tuition.</p><p>At the bill signing ceremony at a Seattle high school Monday, The Boeing Co. and Microsoft Corp. also announced that they would each pledge $25 million over the next five years to a new scholarship program and endowment which Gregoire also signed into law Monday.</p><p> Mon, 06 Jun 2011 20:23:42 +0000 The Associated Press 1791 at http://kplu.org State universities will set tuition Higher-ed advocates urge legislature to stop cuts http://kplu.org/post/higher-ed-advocates-urge-legislature-stop-cuts <p>Advocates for Washington's universities are presenting a more unified front in Olympia this year. They hope the closer coordination will help them make a stronger case for higher-ed funding. A coalition of groups gathered on the steps of the state capitol Thursday.</p><p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 20:08:53 +0000 Brianna Butterfield & KPLU News Staff 713 at http://kplu.org Higher-ed advocates urge legislature to stop cuts Education vs. social services? House debates funding priorities http://kplu.org/post/education-vs-social-services-house-debates-funding-priorities <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-947782.mp3</p><p>Lawmakers face stark choices when it comes to the budget. Those choices were on display Monday as the House voted on a cost-cutting bill. Democrats and Republicans split over what to cut next: education or social services.</p><p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 15:30:34 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 632 at http://kplu.org Education vs. social services? House debates funding priorities Tuesday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/tuesday-mornings-headlines-7 <p>Making headlines this morning:<span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none; ">&nbsp;</span></p><ul><li><strong>Feds Begin Seattle Police Review</strong></li><li><strong>Details Emerge in Port Orchard Shooting</strong></li><li><strong>Business Push Back on Seattle Parking Rate Hike</strong></li><li><strong>Most Painful Education Cuts Yet</strong></li></ul><p><span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none; ">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 15:01:01 +0000 KPLU News Staff 631 at http://kplu.org Tuesday morning's headlines