Students in the Bethel School District will start school Thursday, following ratification Monday night of a three-year teacher contract by union members. Teachers also ratified contracts in the Clover Park, Steilacoom and Fife school districts. Sumner teachers are scheduled to vote on a contract later this week.
Chief Leschi Schools, operated by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, has tightened enrollment criteria, restricting it primarily to students who are registered members of Native American tribes and who qualify for federal funding. The move means many longtime students have been asked to find another school.
A contract the Tacoma School Board approved Thursday would beef up the police presence in the district’s high schools. The new contract, which still must be approved by the City Council, calls for the addition of a police sergeant who will supervise five school resource officers.
Tacoma Public Schools is in the midst of a building boom. Two new schools — one a renovated historic building — will open during the upcoming school year. So will the next phase of Wilson High School. More projects are in the pipeline, thanks to a $500 million bond measure approved by Tacoma voters in 2013.
Washington charter school advocates announced Tuesday that they plan to intervene in a lawsuit filed earlier this month that challenges the state’s newest charter school law. But plaintiffs in the lawsuit argue that the new law fixes nothing. They say charters violate the Washington Constitution.
IDEA, Tacoma’s third themed high school, opens in September. IDEA stands for Industrial Design Engineering and Art. It joins SOTA, Tacoma’s School of the Arts, and SAMI, the Science and Math Institute.
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.
Open educational resources offer a cheaper, more versatile alternative to traditional textbooks. Washington state has led the way in innovating open educational resources, and Pierce College is one community college that has helped blaze the trail.
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.
University of Washington soccer coach Amy Griffin, startled by the number of goalkeepers she knew who were being diagnosed with cancer, started keeping a list of them. As her list grew, she and others —including a Tacoma family — began questioning whether recycled tires used on synthetic turf fields might contain toxic material that contributes to players’ illness. This year, EPA and other federal agencies launched research designed to find answers, while industry leaders point to dozens of previous studies that have found no link.
Synthetic turf fields are cushioned with a material called crumb rubber, made from ground-up used tires. The tiny pellets are loosely distributed as infill between artificial blades of grass woven into a carpet-like base.
Mike and Stephanie Beardemphl lost their 24-year-old son Luke to cancer last year. He played soccer for his Tacoma high school and club teams for more than half his life. His parents and others are questioning whether the recycled tire product known as crumb rubber that is used to cushion artificial turf sports fields may contribute to cancer in young athletes.
The Seattle chapter of the New York-based Satanic Temple says it wants to start after-school clubs at several Washington schools, including Point Defiance Elementary in Tacoma. The temple is aiming at public schools that already host a Christian after-school program called The Good News Club, a program sponsored by the Child Evangelism Fellowship, which is based in Missouri.