Tacoma Public Schools

Education
3:38 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

After 26 years, football returns to Tacoma middle schools

Casey Madison Tacoma Public Schools

Middle school football teams hit the gridiron this week in Tacoma for the first time since the Reagan administration. It’s been 26 years since the school district transitioned from a junior high system, and canceled almost all middle school athletics.

Now some creative fundraising has allowed both boys and girls to don pads and helmets, and go knock the stuffing out of each other.

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Connecticut shooting
3:26 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Some Wash. schools boost security after Conn. shooting

School personnel and law enforcement around Seattle are stepping up school security in light to this Friday’s shooting in Connecticut. School officials say they know of no threats, but in an abundance of caution they’ve been taking some extra measures.

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Education
5:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Can you turn around a struggling school without tearing it down?

Baker Middle School in Tacoma is moving into year two of its ambitious strategy to get nearly every teacher National Board certified.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

School districts are often encouraged to make sweeping changes in order to lift up low-achieving schools. Shutting a school down and overhauling it or replacing most of the staff are among the solutions favored by federal officials these days. But one struggling school in Tacoma is taking an opposite approach: they’re doubling down on the teachers they already have.

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K-12 Education
8:00 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Tacoma tells adults: Give the kids an hour to catch up

Tacoma city leaders want more adults to volunteer an hour a week at programs such as the Trinity Afterschool Program, a literacy center for 1st and 2nd grade students.
Trinity Presbyterian Church

Thousands of students in Tacoma are behind in school, according to state tests that show they’re not meeting grade-level expectations. City leaders say if adults in the community pitch in just one hour a week, it could help these kids catch up.

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Tacoma teacher strike
9:41 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Tacoma teachers' strike keeps schools closed

TACOMA, Wash. — Schools are closed Monday for another day in Tacoma as negotiations continue between the school district and striking teachers.

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Tacoma teacher strike
8:43 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Striking Tacoma teachers want contract solutions now, not later

Tacoma teachers picketing outside the court room where Judge Bryan Chushcoff ruled their strike was illegal and ordered them back to their classes. The teachers instead voted Thursday to stay out on strike.
Charla Bear KPLU

Tacoma schools will be closed again Friday after teachers voted on Thursday to stay out on strike. Friday will be their fourth day on the picket lines, despite a court order to return to their classrooms.

The teachers say that without a resolution to the basic contractual issues in the conflict, returning to class now would only prolong the turmoil, possibly for years.

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Tacoma teacher strike
5:30 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Update: Tacoma teachers wait to decide whether to return to class

Leaders of the Tacoma teachers’ union say they will leave it up to the striking teachers to decide what to do with a judge’s order to return to the classroom tomorrow morning.

Andy Coons, president of the union, told teachers at a rally this afternoon that he would be contacting them possibly later today with options for them to decide on.

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Tacoma teacher strike
9:46 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Strike day one: Tacoma teachers begin picketing

(Twitter feed at bottom of story.)

TACOMA, Wash. — Teachers in Washington state's third-largest school district have begun picketing, hours after they overwhelmingly voted to walk away from the classroom.

The strike keeps 28,000 students at home.

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K-12 Education
6:16 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Update: Union VP says she's proud of Tacoma teachers' vote to strike

Tacoma teachers grab their picket signs after voting with an 87 percent majority to boycott the district.
Tacoma Education Association

"It really had to come down to a strike ..." 

Tacoma schools will be closed to students tomorrow. Teachers voted to go on strike at their union meeting tonight. They expect to start picketing first at Lincoln High School at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. 

“I’m so proud of our teachers – 87 percent of our teaching membership voted to strike. It’s that important to them to have a fair contract,” said Adrienne Dale, VP of Tacoma Education Association. “It’s very difficult for teachers to leave their classrooms because they’re in it for kids. So, it was a very powerful moment when the numbers came back.”

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K-12 Education
7:32 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Tacoma schools to start on time after teacher strike vote falls short

Tacoma students will head back to school today, despite their teachers having no contract.

Teachers voted on whether to strike last night, but fell about 30 votes short of the majority needed to boycott the district, according to a letter sent to teachers by Andy Coons, president of the Tacoma Education Association.

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Education
10:18 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Tacoma teachers contract expires, is a strike next?

With school scheduled to start tomorrow, Tacoma teachers are still without a contract.

The teachers and the district bargained late into the night last night but couldn’t reach an agreement before their three-year contract expired at midnight.

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K-12 Education
3:30 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Tacoma teacher contract talks stall, raising fears of strike

The first day of school for Tacoma students is just a few days away, but their teachers might not show up.

They have yet to reach an agreement over their contract with the school district. That leaves many families worried that a strike could be on the horizon.

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K-12 Education
8:50 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Fight over education funding heads to state Supreme Court

With lawmakers having slashed nearly $4 billion in funding from school districts in the past few years, arguments are heating up over whether the state is fulfilling its constitutional duty to students.
Associated Press

The state constitution says it’s Washington’s “paramount duty to make ample provisions for the education of all children,” but is it failing to do that? This afternoon, the state Supreme Court will consider arguments on both sides.

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K-12 Education
8:12 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Foss High supporters to hold rally to save school from closure

Students across the Puget Sound have made posters in support of keeping Foss High School open. This one was created by students at Gig Harbor High School.
Save our home: Henry Foss High School facebook page

Foss High School students, parents and community supporters will line the streets around the school today in an effort to save it from temporary closure.

The superintendent of Tacoma Public Schools has proposed mothballing Foss and some small elementary schools for at least three years to reduce the district’s budget deficit. He says closing the high school could save $2 Million next year. 

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