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King County judge says Washington charter school law can stand

The new law was enacted in 2016 by the state Legislature to replace a previous voter-approved charter school measure that was ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court. Plaintiffs in the King County lawsuit did not say Friday whether they plan to appeal the latest court ruling.

Politics & Government

Extra pay for teachers varies widely — and is key to answering McCleary ruling

TRI — which stands for additional time, responsibility and incentive — is a big chunk of local money originally intended to pay teachers for extras such as serving as a high-school department chairperson or staying after school to tutor struggling students. Over the years, however, TRI has grown into a way to boost pay for teachers. It’s fueled by districts wanting to offer more attractive salaries and by the state, which gave districts that power and avoided having to fund teacher raises out of its own coffers.

Politics & Government

‘UPS 3’ case prompts lawmaker to seek clearer disciplinary rules at private schools

The case of three University of Puget Sound students who were suspended for allegedly posting an incendiary flier is prompting a Tacoma lawmaker to take a closer look at how private universities discipline their students. State Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, has introduced a bill that would require Washington state’s private colleges and universities to develop clear disciplinary procedures for when students are accused of violating student codes of conduct.

Videos

Sparks fly at heated competition among top high school welders

High school students from around the South Sound converge on South Puget Sound Community College's Automotive and Welding Building for the annual SkillsUSA regional welding competition.
Tony Overman toverman@theolympian.com
Sparks fly at heated competition among top high school welders 1:56

Sparks fly at heated competition among top high school welders

Sid Otton statue unveiled Saturday in Tumwater 2:01

Sid Otton statue unveiled Saturday in Tumwater

Governor Inslee Comes to Tumwater High 2:32

Governor Inslee Comes to Tumwater High

Students and faculty members walk out at Saint Martin's University 3:35

Students and faculty members walk out at Saint Martin's University