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Biology test removed for graduation requirement (Getty Images)
Biology test removed for graduation requirement (Getty Images)
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Biology Gets the Boot, No More H.S. Test Graduation Requirement in WA

Because reportedly thousands of students 'struggled' with the biology test portion of the requirement, it's been done away with.

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Junior college programs to be offered to prison inmates in WA (Columbia Basin College)
Junior college programs to be offered to prison inmates in WA (Columbia Basin College)
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New WA Program Offers Community College, Tech Programs to Prison Inmates

Washington State's 12 prisons already provide literacy and educational programs for inmates, allowing them to better their communication and comprehension skills. But now a new bi-partisan plan passed by the legislature will allow them to pursue actual job skills prior to being released.

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ITT tech shuts campuses in WA (Getty Images)
ITT tech shuts campuses in WA (Getty Images)
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ITT Tech Shuts Down, Hundreds in Washington State Affected

Nearly 1,000 WA students enrolled or taking courses at legendary tech school ITT Tech will lose their educational path, at least for now.

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Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates decided (Getty Images)
Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates decided (Getty Images)
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Get Ready For More Education Spending and Taxes, Based upon Primary

The top two candidates who emerged from the Washington State Primary election both appear to possibly be ready to empty the state's coffers in order to appease the controversial McCleary Supreme Court decision on funding public education.

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State Treasurer wants income tax (Getty Images)
State Treasurer wants income tax (Getty Images)
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Official Wants 5% Income Tax to Fund WA Schools

This is sure to set off controversy in and out of the legislature. The State Treasurer wants an income tax on wealthier families.

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Information on how to contact your local school district (Getty Images)
Information on how to contact your local school district (Getty Images)
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Here’s How to Contact Your School Board over Transgender Bathroom Mandate

Regardless of your position on this issue, your Tri-City School boards do want your opinion on the Obama Administration's decision Friday to send out a non-legally binding 'directive', telling schools they should adopt transgender bathroom policies. While it's not legally binding, not doing so could leave districts open to lawsuits, and potentially federal funding being withheld. Here's how to voice your opinion.

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University in Chicago now offering scholarships for 'varsity' gaming team (Getty Images)
University in Chicago now offering scholarships for 'varsity' gaming team (Getty Images)
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Video Gamers Can Now Earn College Scholarships?!?

I was prompted to look into this because of an e-mail I received this week from a company offering news and tips for kids looking for college scholarships, who also spend a lot of time gaming.

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Pasco Schools seek public input (Getty Images)
Pasco Schools seek public input (Getty Images)
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Topics for Pasco Schools Public Forum Thursday? Up to Citizens!

They're calling it "community choice."

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Senator Murray wants free junior college education (Getty Images)
Senator Murray wants free junior college education (Getty Images)
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Senator Murray Pushes For ‘Free’ Community College Education

Speaking Wednesday at Columbia Basin College, Senator Patty Murray talked about her new legislation that would provide 'free' community college education.

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Naches School District mulls arming educators (Getty Images)
Naches School District mulls arming educators (Getty Images)
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Will Naches Schools Join Toppenish, Ki-Be in Allowing Armed Educators?

School officials are still compiling information and comments from parents and other interested parties following a public forum held Monday about whether the district should allow certain school officials to be armed.

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