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Coming Friday: School reforms, immigration detention centers

Here’s what we’re working on for tomorrow:

A dogged pursuit by the New York Times has exposed troubling evidence about the lengths federal officials have gone to cover up cases of mistreatment and substandard care at federal immigration detention centers. The Obama administration needs to make good on its promise to increase oversight within Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Many people presume to speak for teachers: lawmakers, parents’ groups, the Washington Education Association, various K-12 lobbies. But there’s no substitute for letting teachers speak for themselves. When asked recently by a pro-education group, most of them appeared to support serious

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Judge vs. teachers in Kent

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

Some leaders of Washington’s teachers unions seem to share the credo of Boeing’s machinists: You’ve got to strike on a regular basis, or you don’t get taken seriously.

That pugnacious attitude has a respectable heritage rooted in the early years of the labor movement – the days of sweatshops, company goons and starvation wages. Today it often flat makes no sense.

We get what the teachers were saying when they went out on strike in Kent this week. They – and thousands like them elsewhere in Washington – are fed up with the financial squeeze public education is suffering under the state budget.

In many instances, fewer teachers are being asked to teach larger classes. Educators are right when they say that students are getting hurt.

Still, 2009 is the wrong time for a strike – and Kent is the wrong place.
In terms of the law, there’s never a right time for a teachers strike. The illegality of such strikes is well-established in Washington.

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