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Pasco schools seek mediator over collective bargaining
Pasco schools seek mediator over collective bargaining (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Pasco School District Calls for Mediator over Collective Bargaining Agreement

Over 8 days of collective bargaining discussions have failed to produce a contract agreement with teachers moving forward, so the district is looking for a mediator.

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Matt Cardy, Getty Images
Matt Cardy, Getty Images
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Should High School Hillside Letters Return to Benton County? [POLL]

Graduates of Richland and Hanford high schools are excited concrete block letters will make a return when renovation of the Fran Rish Stadium is complete. That has many others in Tri-Cities wishing for a return to hillside letters (also called Mountain Monograms). VOTE!

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Legislature agrees to delay part of 1351
Legislature agrees to delay part of 1351 (Washington state legislative website)
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Legislators Agree to Delay Classroom Reduction Plan

Finally, a rogue group of Democratic Senators in Olympia have agreed to delay implementation of part of the controversial class-reduction initiative. Now, legislators can finally adjourn the spring 2015 session.

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Grandview District Must Pay Yakima Deaf Student $1 Million

Two judges agreed the Grandview School District woefully failed to educate a student. The neglect and lies were so bad the superior court judge ordered the district to offer remedial education for four years and pay the family $1 million.

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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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