Posted by JORDAN SCHRADER on March 10, 2014
A new plan to pay for housing for the homeless is on the fast track Monday morning.
A proposed extension of a $40 fee on real-estate documents that funds low-income housing was bottled up in the Senate housing committee, but legislative leaders signaled Friday it would get renewed attention in the legislative session's final week.
The latest development is the new bill that would extend by one year the fee that partially expires July 1, 2015. The reprieve would provide some assurances for counties that receive 60 percent of the proceeds but falls short of the permanent extension sought by housing advocates.
Posted by Peter Callaghan on March 7, 2014
I asked Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday if he still supported the basic tenets of education reform in Washington, including statewide assessments to evaluate schools and teachers. He said then he was reluctant to join in a philosophical conversation about education reform, preferring to focus on passage of legislation to fix the state evaluation system by requiring that the state assessment be part of evaluations. Friday, however, he issued a more-extensive statement: I support statewide assessments. I believe assessments are one of multiple measures that can help schools and should be used as part of teacher and principal evaluations, as long as it remains part of collective bargaining. Last year, as one example, I signed SB 5946, which focuses on elementary school student performance, and SB 5491, which set up reviews of challenges and achievements in our state’s education systems. Testing is only one component in our effort to improve education programs with new standards that
Posted by Peter Callaghan on March 6, 2014
This is the message from Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan regarding his meeting with Gov. Jay Inslee 12 days ago Thank you for meeting with me on Sunday, February 23. As we discussed, approving new legislation to include the use of statewide assessments in student growth scores for teacher and principal evaluation would be a positive step toward addressing the state’s high-risk status and meeting the commitments that the state made to receive the ESEA flexibility waiver. I am encouraged to see that you are taking proactive steps to avoid jeopardizing your waiver, which ultimately could lead to the state returning to the requirements of NCLB and your school districts losing flexibility to manage more than $40 million in federal funding to improve educational outcomes for students across Washington.
Posted by KATE MARTIN on March 5, 2014
The objectives include improving the business climate in Tacoma, cultivating a welcoming environment for foreign-born immigrants and using permeable pavement on some residential roads to improve stormwater quality and repairing city roads at the same time.