WA Supreme Court says state isn’t responsible for 100% of school construction costs

BY: - September 7, 2023

The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday the state is not required to fully cover school construction costs, dealing a blow to districts unable to raise the local tax dollars they need for new buildings and other facility upgrades. In its unanimous decision, the court said Washington’s constitutional mandate for the state to amply fund basic […]

State will keep fiscal tabs on three cash-starved Washington school districts

BY: - September 5, 2023

As students return to Washington classrooms, state education officials are closely monitoring how three cash-strapped public school districts are spending money. Marysville, La Conner and Mount Baker districts, all located in western Washington and part of Northwest Educational Service District 189, are in this position because they are beginning the school year without a balanced […]

Teacher and founder of national education nonprofit enters race for Washington schools chief

BY: - August 15, 2023

Reid Saaris, an educator and founder of a national nonprofit devoted to eliminating barriers in education for students of all backgrounds, wants to be the next leader of Washington’s public school system. Saaris is campaigning to unseat Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal, who he said has failed to effectively use billions of dollars in […]

State schools chief launches bid for a third term

BY: - June 12, 2023

Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced Monday he will seek a third term overseeing Washington’s public school system in 2024. Reykdal sketched out an aggressive agenda including providing free meals for all students,  fully funding special education services, eliminating fees for Running Start participants and expanding opportunities for those wishing to become bilingual. “There’s […]