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SBE URGES LEGISLATURE TO ACTION — RESOLVE WASHINGTON’S “HIGH RISK” STATUS ON WAIVER APPLICATION TO MOVE PAST OUT-DATED NCLB REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS ON SCHOOLS

Today, the State Board of Education adopted a resolution calling upon the state Legislature to resolve Washington’s status as a “high risk” state with the US Department of Education.  This designation prevents the approval of the state’s ESEA flexibility waiver … Continue reading

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Vanilla Waivers

Is it really that unreasonable to expect student growth in state test scores to play some role in how we evaluate teachers?  Apparently, a majority of the Washington State Senate thinks so. ******************************************************************************** Vanilla wafers.  They’re subtly sweet, but not … Continue reading

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A budget cut by any other name…

When the Legislature doesn’t fund teacher COLAs, does that count as a “budget cut?” As the Washington State Legislature responds to the Order placed upon it by the state’s Supreme Court to fully fund K-12 education, an interesting issue has … Continue reading

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Partial Days and PD

One of the State Board of Education’s 2013 legislative priorities centers around strengthening the 180-day calendar. With the loss of state professional development funding, many districts are adjusting their calendars, replacing full-day instruction with partial or half days. The use … Continue reading

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Teacher Compensation – “Bumps”

Apropos to our discussion at the Board meeting on teacher compensation there is an article co-authored by UW’s Marguerite Roza (link below) that makes the case that there is currently a national imbalance between the amount of money we spend … Continue reading

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