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 By Fred Obee    Education

Legislative interns prepare for coverage

Coverage of the state Legislature will once again be provided by the WNPA Foundation when the Legislature convenes in January. The students, from Washington State University and the University of Washington, were selected by... — Updated 12/29/2021

 By Sydney Brown    Education

Bill would end Native imagery for public schools, teams

Ivy Pete remembers attending high school football games in her hometown. But instead of pride for her school, she felt humiliated. Pete, a junior in high school in Spokane and member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, said she... — Updated 3/26/2021


Washington state's only Native American lawmaker cuts a path in Olympia

Debra Lekanoff always makes sure to appreciate her surroundings, whether she's spending time in nature or on the House floor at the Capitol in Olympia, where she has served for the... — Updated 3/26/2021


College Bound Scholarship gets boost

The College Bound Scholarship for Washington students is being reworked to reach more students across the state. Currently, students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches during the 7th or 8th grade sign a form with their g... — Updated 3/26/2021


Inslee signs bills to help students

The return to in-person education in public schools is underway. Gov. Jay Inslee signed two bills March 2, assuring students affected by the pandemic can graduate on time. The... — Updated 3/8/2021


Year-round school may be coming to Washington

The summer months are coming to an end, children are heading back to school, but they are experiencing summer learning loss and now require remedial education. Every year, teachers across the US say the first month of school after... — Updated 2/24/2021

 By Sydney Brown    Education

Mandatory boater education for paddleboarders sinks in Legislature

A bill that would have required kayakers and paddleboarders to take a boater education course to operate human-powered water vessels was effectively killed in the state Legislature after a petition circulating on social media... — Updated 2/24/2021


Washington on track to allow schools to waive graduation requirements

Washington high school students wrestling with remote learning programs cobbled together as COVID-19 gripped the state in 2020 and now struggling to meet graduation requirements may well get some help from lawmakers. The state... — Updated 2/10/2021

 By Staff    Education

Elementary school class wants state dinosaur named

Washington State may soon have a new state dinosaur, thanks to the efforts of an elementary school class and the Washington State Legislature. The proposed state dinosaur is Suciasa... — Updated 2/10/2021


Parents, educators worry Inslee schools budget falls short

Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed budget for the upcoming biennium calls for $570 million in new education spending, but many parents and educators have expressed frustration that the governor’s budget does not adequately fund... — Updated 1/19/2021


Childcare certification too strict, Dent says

Parents could have better access to childcare providers if lawmakers pass a bill that aims to make the childcare certification process cheaper and easier. The primary sponsor of House Bill 2556, Rep. Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake, said... — Updated 1/8/2021

 By Leona Vaughn    Education

Sex education measure passes on party lines

Public school students will be taught about sexuality, sexual abuse and the importance of consent under a new law passed by Washington state legislators. Senate Bill 5395 requires all public schools in Washington state to give publ... — Updated 1/8/2021


Crowd urges veto of sex education bill

Despite the governor's warning to avoid crowds in the wake of the coronavirus, hundreds of concerned parents and residents converged on the Capitol Wednesday to protest Saturday's... — Updated 3/12/2020

 By Leona Vaughn    Education

Undocumented students could soon be eligible for college loans

Students who are undocumented immigrants may soon find it easier to finance their higher education with a proposal working its way through the state legislature. Senate Bill 6561, now under consideration in the House, establishes... — Updated 2/28/2020


Concerns voiced over mandatory sex ed

Some parents called a proposed comprehensive sex education proposal a “clear overreach” of state government, but others defended it as age appropriate and necessary. When the dust cleared, the Washington State Senate approved... — Updated 2/21/2020


Higher education gets a boost from tax bill

Fewer businesses will be asked to foot the bill for higher education programs after Gov. Jay Inslee signed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6492 on Monday. The bill will... — Updated 2/12/2020


Comprehensive sex-ed in schools approved by Senate

A proposed law to require school districts to implement a comprehensive sexual education curriculum emphasizing healthy relationships and consent was passed after a 28-21 vote by the state Senate yesterday. If signed into law, Engr... — Updated 2/12/2020


Reforms needed to improve schools

When State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal spoke last fall to the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, he praised the Legislature for improving school... — Updated 1/1/2020


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