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Legislators trying to find way to fund I-1351
Legislators trying to find way to fund I-1351 (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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I-1351 Standoff Still Keeping Legislators is In Olympia – Teachers Union Wants $2 Billion

It's often been said that politicians spend money like a drunken sailor. Now, it appears the Washington Education Association wants to do the same, and it's YOUR money.

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Legislators finally approve budget
Legislators finally approve budget (Washington state legislative website)
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Reactions Mixed on Passage of State Budget – Teachers Union Protesting

It largely depends upon which side of the political arena you are on.

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Documents show Richland, Pasco gave money to advocacy group for legal fees
Documents show Richland, Pasco gave money to advocacy group for legal fees (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Richland, Pasco Schools Contributed Thousands to McCleary Legal Fees

A recent report by the Washington Policy Center has asked the thorny question if public school district money was given to help cover legal fees from the McCleary Education lawsuit.  Turns out, it appears so, and two of our three Tri-City Districts pitched in.

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Richland teacher arrested on molestation charges
Richland teacher arrested on molestation charges (Benton County Justice Center)
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Richland Teacher Arrested for ‘Relationship’ With Student

The investigation continues into allegations a Richland High School teacher engaged in sexual activity with a 15-year-old student.

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Report says public school district money used for legal fees
Report says public school district money used for legal fees (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)
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Public School and Taxpayer Money Used in McCleary Education Suit

The McCleary Supreme Court Decision is ultimately what led to recent teacher walkouts. Now new information reveals local school districts donated public money to pay legal fees for the suit.

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Teacher walkout
Teacher walkout (KNDU-TV)
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Teacher Walkouts Bring Marches Around Tri-Cities

At street corners and along various roads in Richland, Pasco and Kennewick, red-shirted teachers and educators waved signs and marched to protest against what they say is a lack of funding in education by the state legislature. (Photo courtesy of KNDU-TV)

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Kennewick schools will be silent Thursday (Kamiakin High School)
Kennewick schools will be silent Thursday (Kamiakin High School) (Kennewick School District)
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Some WA State Teacher Walkouts Illegal – What About Tri-Cities?

Thursday May 21st the Tri-City area schools will be silent, as over 80 percent (on average) of teachers voted to heed the advice of the teacher's union (WEA) and stage a one-day walkout.   Much has been said about the difference between a strike and a walk-out.  Are they still legal?

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Kennewick school district to 'reluctantly' walk out Thursday May 21st?
Kennewick school district to 'reluctantly' walk out Thursday May 21st? (Kennewicik School District)
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Kennewick Schools Announce Walkout Make Up Day

Unlike some of the school districts around our region, the Kennewick School District statement on the May 21st. walkout almost sounds like an apology.

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Pasco schools announce walkout makeup day
Pasco schools announce walkout makeup day (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Pasco Schools Announce Make-Up Day for 5-21 Teacher Walkout

Tuesday, the Pasco School District released details about the make-up day for students, due to the teacher walkout coming Thursday.

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Straight-A Student Gets Surprise Proposal During Graduation

This college grad is swapping the cap and gown for a wedding gown.

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