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State Supreme Court ‘Bullies’ Legislature Towards Special Educational Session

We're not legal experts, but now many are questioning if the State Supreme Court has the legal authority-within the Constitution-to boss the Legislature around.

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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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Proposed bill would withhold pay, benefits from striking teachers or walkouts
Proposed bill would withhold pay, benefits from striking teachers or walkouts (Washington state legislative website)
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Senate Bill Would Withold Teacher Pay, Benefits During Walkouts Or Strikes

The measure, Senate bill 6116, was actually introduced by a Democrat, Senator Tim Sheldon, who represents the 35 District  West of Tacoma, including the City of Shelton, WA.  Eight other Senators, including a number from Eastern Washington,  are co-sponsors.

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Sidney Engelberg
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Professor Teaching While Holding Crying Baby Is Parenting Hero

This is probably not what they mean by "juggling a full courseload."

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Tri City teachers to vote on whether to stage walk out protest
Tri City teachers to vote on whether to stage walk out protest (Townsquare media image)
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Tri-City Teachers Vote Whether to Stage One-Day Walkout

Thursday, teachers in Richland, Pasco and Kennewick are voting whether to stage a one-day walkout in protest of what they believe are key educational issues.

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Legislature to release school funding update
Legislature to release school funding update (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)
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Update Coming on Legislative Efforts to Fund Washington Schools

In 2012, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled the way the state legislature funded education was "unconstitutional."  This became known as the McCleary Decision. Again this year, the legislature must provide a "progress report" to the Court - it's expected next week.

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By 2017 middle and high schools will have special suspension rooms
By 2017 middle and high schools will have special suspension rooms (Kennewick School District)
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Kennewick School District Plans to Build “Suspension Rooms” – Instead of Expulsions

Over the next two years, Kennewick school district officials plan to spend over $200,000 to create what will be called in-school suspension rooms;  fewer kids will be sent home for behavioral or conduct infractions. (Pictured is Kamiakin High School).

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I-1351 could cost taxpayers money in the long run
I-1351 could cost taxpayers money in the long run (Townsquare media image)
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I-1351 Passing As of Friday – Will Cost New Teachers, Maybe Taxpayers, Money

According to the latest information from the Washington Secretary of State's Office,  the controversial measure that would limit class sizes in our state is passing by about 3,200 votes.

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Group says I-1351 won't help school performance issues
Group says I-1351 won't help school performance issues (Townsquare media image)
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I-1351 Will Not Reduce Class Sizes, Says Washington Policy Group

With all the discussion of the two gun measures on the November ballot, and the 4th. District Congressional Race,  this initiative isn't getting a large amount of attention.  But one notable group says it won't fulfill it's purpose.

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Kennewick school bus
Kennewick school bus (Townsquare media image)
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Tri-City, WA Schools Now Feeling Impact of Lost “No Child” Waiver

Now that schools are in full swing,  numerous reports are showing most Washington state school districts are being hurt by the state losing it's "No Child Left Behind" waiver earlier this year.

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