public education

The Rise of Armed Teachers

Aug 26, 2014 By Maurice Chammah

They’ve already existed in some districts for years, but now some school employees are getting intensive, police-style training in how to respond to a shooting.

Remember the School Finance Case?

May 6, 2013 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

In February, Judge John Dietz ruled that the state's current school finance system was unconstitutional. However, the legislature's restoration of some of last session's deep cuts to schools during the 83rd legislative session could be a game changer for the lawsuit.

Being Tested on Testing

Apr 10, 2013 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

UPDATE: This post has been corrected to accurately reflect the graduation requirements under HB 5. Yesterday I wrote about the Washington Post’s editorial on the changing graduation requirements that are working their way through the Legislature. I received a call yesterday from Tom Luce, who had read my…

The House That Straus Built

Mar 28, 2013 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

AP Photo | Eric Gay Joe Straus said at the beginning of the session that he was going to put the House to work on the state’s biggest problems, and he is making good on his vow. On Tuesday the House passed HB 5, a major public education…