Education

Elections 2016

Charter-school backers spending $116,000 to try to unseat state Supreme Court justice

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.

Education

Five school districts sue Pierce County over building restrictions

The school districts want the court to invalidate an ordinance enacted in June by the Pierce County Council that governs where schools can be built. The June ordinance, in turn, is a response to a decision by another body, the state Growth Management Hearings Board, that the county’s land use protections relating to rural-area schools were inadequate.

Education

Washington State University official wears 'bee beard' for a good cause

Washington State University Provost Dan Bernardo kept calm and collected as a thousand honey bees formed a beard on his face. He said he wasn't nervous because paramedics and bee experts were there. The bee beard was part of an event launching a campaign to raise awareness of honey bee health and funding for a new Honey Bee and Pollinator Research Center at WSU.

Videos

VIDEO: Ohop homestead potential STEM site for Eatonville Schools

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.
Steve Bloom sbloom@theolympian.com
VIDEO: Ohop homestead potential STEM site for Eatonville Schools 4:02

VIDEO: Ohop homestead potential STEM site for Eatonville Schools

Washington State University official wears 'bee beard' for a good cause 1:37

Washington State University official wears 'bee beard' for a good cause

VIDEO: Keithley Middle School celebrates end of school with Hunger Games 2:23

VIDEO: Keithley Middle School celebrates end of school with Hunger Games

WATCH: Fife High School seniors sing, dance, high-five youngsters 1:41

WATCH: Fife High School seniors sing, dance, high-five youngsters