Lawmakers Want To Punish Teachers Who Go On StrikeSenate Bill 6116, which would take away teacher pay during strike days, was sponsored by a Democrat, but Sen. Tim Sheldon, a member of the mostly Republican majority caucus, did not receive any support from other Democratic lawmakers. They walked out of a meeting of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee before testimony began.
Teachers In Seattle, Mercer Island, Issaquah On 1-Day StrikeTeachers in Seattle, Issaquah and Mercer Island are the latest to hold a one-day strike to encourage Washington lawmakers to pay for voter-approved class-size reductions and put more money into the state education budget.
Washington Schools Move Toward National StandardsDespite opposition from Washington teachers about new national education standards that will judge how they are being taught, the state is plowing ahead with its plans to embrace Common Core.
WA Charter Schools Petition Nets 350K Ballot Signers Supporters of charter schools submitted more than enough signatures Friday in their efforts to put the initiative on the November ballot, shifting the work to persuading Washington voters it will be good for students.
Unions Spar Over School Worker Health Care Changes A measure intended to streamline and standardize health insurance for Washington's public school employees has proved to be among the most opaque and divisive issues taken up by the Legislature this year.