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The Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia.

2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION | Legislature shrinks education opportunity gap; governor’s signature next

OLYMPIA — A comprehensive bill focused to give opportunity to systematically disadvantaged students, has passed the Legislature and now awaits the governor’s signature.

 

The Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia.

2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION | Legislature, school districts continue seeking solutions to teacher shortage, school funding

OLYMPIA — A teacher shortage is slamming school districts in Washington, and as the Legislature reaches the end of its regular session, lawmakers are still looking for ways to relieve the strain.

 

Gov. Jay Inslee signs SB-6195

2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION | Governor signs basic education funding plan; study to meet 2017 Supreme Court mandate

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill responding to the state Supreme Court’s 2012 decision that the state is unconstitutionally underfunding basic education.

 

The Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia.

2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION | Legislature approves basic education bill

OLYMPIA — In a maneuver Thursday that brought a Senate-approved basic-education bill to the House floor for debate, representatives reaffirmed their support of the measure. The bill now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee for his consideration.

The Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia.
The Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia.

2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION | Education bill ignites challenging Senate debate; survives on 26-23 vote

OLYMPIA — A key education bill has had an amendment-riddled ride through three Senate committees before earning consideration by the full Senate.

The Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia.
Washington State Capitol Building.

2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION | Senate rejects bill repealing state rule on transgender use of public restrooms

OLYMPIA — The Senate Wednesday rejected 25-24 a bill that would repeal a rule affirming that people can use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

Washington State Capitol Building.
Washington State Capitol Building.

2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION | Frustration, disappointment, absence of urgency seen in Legislature’s teacher-compensation bills

OLYMPIA — Testifiers praised bipartisan work, but “disappointment” and “frustration” frequented their statements at the first hearings for Senate and House bills that address teacher compensation in the 2016 State Legislative Session.

Washington State Capitol Building.
Washington State Capitol Building.

2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION | Teachers’ pay, school districts’ special levies targets of study ordered in House education bill

OLYMPIA — The Washington House of Representatives passed a bill 64-34 that would create a group to produce recommendations for retaining and fully compensating teachers, as required by the Supreme Court’s 2012 McCleary mandate.

Washington State Capitol Building.
Firearm fatality rates across the state.

2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION | Governor Inslee’s Executive Order targets suicide prevention, firearm violence

OLYMPIA — An executive order issued Jan. 6 by Gov. Jay Inslee intends to reduce suicides in the state by first analyzing data and laws concerning gun violence

Firearm fatality rates across the state.
Washington State Capitol Building.

2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION | Dorn declares governor’s supplemental 2015-17 budget inadequate for teachers’ compensation

OLYMPIA—Gov. Jay Inslee addresses teacher compensation in his supplemental 2015-17 budget, but State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn says it is an inadequate response to fully fund education as mandated by the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision.

Washington State Capitol Building.
Washington State Capitol Building.

2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION | Funding issues haunt Legislature’s response to court-ordered basic education reforms

OLYMPIA — Teachers’ compensation, teacher shortages, the educational opportunity gap and school districts’ operating levies are all on Washington state legislators’ agenda this session as the state Supreme Court’s McCleary mandate — along with the court’s $100,000 per day contempt citation — loom over the proceedings.

Washington State Capitol Building.