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Category: Funding

April
26th

Teachers union exploring ballot initiatives

This news release is out today from the Washington Education Association…

Delegates to the Washington Education Association’s annual convention have overwhelmingly approved a resolution that calls for WEA to “explore pursuing an initiative to the voters to lower class size and/or enhance educator compensation, with a preliminary report to the WEA Board of Directors in June 2013.”

More than 1,000 school employees from across the state voted on the measure at the WEA’s annual convention in Bellevue.

Washington’s public school students are packed into the fourth-most-overcrowded classrooms in the country. The Legislature has failed to fund voter-approved educator cost-of living

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April
9th

UPDATE: Washington state gets federal grant to continue school turnarounds

UPDATE: Tacoma school officials said Tuesday that they will wait to see what the requirements are before applying for continuation grants.

This announcement arrived today from the U.S. Department of Education. Tacoma has three middle schools that have received $11 million from this program. We are waiting to hear whether the continuation dollars will continue to flow to Tacoma or are headed elsewhere in the state:

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that Washington will receive $7.8 million to continue efforts to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools through the Department’s School Improvement Grant (SIG) program. Washington

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