Six out of the county’s eight public school systems have added students over the last 15 years. North Thurston Public Schools, Yelm Community Schools and the Olympia School District have grown at a faster pace than the state’s public school population.
The Texas judge’s order, in a case brought by officials from more than a dozen states, is a victory in the continuing legal battles over the restroom guidelines, which the federal government issued this year.
Test scores released Tuesday by the state superintendent’s office show Washington students making incremental progress on the Smarter Balanced tests, which public schools throughout the state administered for the second time in spring 2016. Opponents point to a growing number of other states that are dropping the tests as graduation requirements.
Jason Greer has been hired as the new principal of Olympic View Elementary School in Lacey. He replaces Casey Wyatt who is leaving the nearly 700-student school to become vice principal at North Thurston Public Schools’ new Salish Middle School.
Stand for Children, a major proponent of charter schools in Washington, has spent $116,000 to help a candidate who is looking to unseat state Supreme Court Justice Barbara Madsen. Madsen, the court’s chief justice, wrote last year’s majority opinion striking down Washington’s system of charter schools, which voters approved in 2012. Together, the independent expenditures supporting Greg Zempel, Madsen’s opponent, are the largest seen in a judicial race in Washington since 2010.
Nisqually Land Trust Executive Director Joe Kane gives a June 21st tour of the former four-generation Burwash family farm in Ohop Valley. The Eatonville School District is considering turning the historic homestead and its remaining structures into an ag-based, STEM campus.