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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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The only traffic cams we have in Tri-Cities
The only traffic cams we have in Tri-Cities (WSDOT)
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School Zone Traffic Cameras Possibly Coming to Spokane

The City Council of Spokane plans to vote next Monday night if they should take the final step, and install radar-triggered traffic cameras in school zones in August.  Could they be headed out way? Currently, the only traffic cams we have are from the WSDOT on the Blue Bridge.

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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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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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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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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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Technology, social media being used for bomb threats to schools
Technology, social media being used for bomb threats to schools (Getty images)
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Technology Being Used for Bomb, Other Threats to Schools

The use of technology to post threats to schools and other facilities has been highlighted by some incidents in the Seattle area recently, even in Tri-Cities as well.

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Activist Says “Non-Violent Vocabulary Training” Will Stop Potential School Shooters [VIDEO]

If we didn't have video evidence to show you, this idea might seem made-up, but it's not.  An activist who works with the anti-gun Brady Campaign says words can stop school shooters.

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I-1351 will cost over $4 billion dollars, says State Office of Financial Management
I-1351 will cost over $4 billion dollars, says State Office of Financial Management (Townsquare media image)
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The Cost of I-1351 Will Shock You – Yet, It’s Passing

Although many votes remain to be counted, the "yes" margin for controversial Initiative 1351 is growing.

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6 Prosser Schools Put on Lockdown Because of Man With Knife [UPDATE]

At the request of Prosser Police, Prosser School District placed the following schools on lockdown: Heights Elementary, Housel Middle School, Keene-Riverview Elementary, Prosser High School, Whitstran Elementary and Prosser Falls High School.

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