Fixing School Siting: Round Two

Fixing School Siting: Round Two

Washington state lawmakers are again trying to help overcrowded school districts serve students with new facilities, which in some cases would have to be built...
Higher Education Attainment In 50 States: A Data Visualization

Higher Education Attainment In 50 States: A Data Visualization

Below is an interactive data visualization with two different maps showing educational attainment in all 50 states. Using the maps, you will be able...
Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing a new skilled workforce

Half of southwest Washington’s manufacturing 14,000-strong workforce is 45 or older, and regional employers and educators want to ensure there’s a steady supply of...
The Search For Compromise On K-12 Funding

The Search For Compromise On K-12 Funding

At a February 9 hearing of the House Appropriations Committee, lawmakers exchanged conflicting views on how to best fund K-12 education prior to an...
Lens Readers Argue For Charter Schools

Lens Readers Argue For Charter Schools

As we reported here at Lens Friday night, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has let stand a bill approved by the legislature in the recently-concluded...
State Treasurer warns against use of emergency funds in budget proposal

State Treasurer warns against use of emergency funds in budget proposal

Governor Jay Inslee’s proposed 2018 supplemental budget released Thursday brought forth mixed tidings of discomfort and joy. His operating budget would add $1 billion...
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Washington technical school to partner with Oregon, British Columbia to fill workforce gaps

There will be an estimated 740,000 job openings in Washington state over the next five years and analysts are projecting a lack of qualified...
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Lawmakers: Future of work proposal “redundant”

State lawmakers disagreed over the need for a bill which would predict changes in Washington industries and work by creating the future of work...
Washington State Looks To Up Its Game On College Completion, And Job Training

Washington State Looks To Up Its Game On College Completion, And Job Training

Washington has a problem. Nearly 56 percent of students attending four-year public colleges in the state did not graduate within four years, and 71...
Building the workforce of tomorrow

Building the workforce of tomorrow

Automation is expected to radically change the makeup of the U.S. workforce, and experts say Washington state should help the next generation of workers...
Better Including Business On Higher Education Capital Budget Requests

Greater Business Influence On Higher Education Infrastructure

Recent legislation is gaining traction in the Washington state legislature which would join efforts from higher education institutions and state businesses together to decide where...

Bottom-Up Rumblings On Washington Taxes

Turning heads statewide recently was the unanimous decision by the seven-member City of Spokane Valley to enact a new hurdle for that body to...
High court upholds charter schools

High court upholds charter schools

After three years of legal wrangling, the Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that charter schools do not violate the state constitution and can...
Cracking The Code To More K-12 Computer Science In Washington State

Cracking The Code To More K-12 Computer Science In Washington State

Demand for computer science jobs in Washington is three times greater than for all other jobs combined. Average starting pay in the state is...

Revised School Siting Bill Passes, Inslee’s Support Expected

After several failed attempts and a partial veto from Governor Jay Inslee, the Washington state legislature passed on Friday, June 30 a bill that...
Study: Mentoring Key For New Teachers

Study: Mentoring Key For New Teachers

A new study by the University of Washington has found a link between mentoring programs and higher retention rates for beginning teachers – research...
A Different Path To Success For Washington State High-Schoolers: Career And Tech Ed

A Different Path To Success For Washington State High-Schoolers: Career And Tech Ed

A group of high school students armed with flashlights and protective glasses peer into a car hood, reaching in to make adjustments. Nearby, another...
The cost of McCleary compliance

The cost of McCleary compliance

With another billion in new basic education spending for teacher salaries included in the 2018 supplemental budget by the state legislature this session, lawmakers...
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Picking Peter’s pocket to pay Paul: Lazy McCleary ‘fix’ leaves critical infrastructure projects out...

Old Mother Hubbard Went to the cupboard, To give the poor dog a bone; But when she got there The cupboard was bare, And so the poor dog had...
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Closing the manufacturing skills gap

Washington-based manufacturing business have a problem: they are short on skilled workers that can quickly adapt to ever-changing machinery and technology. Skagit Valley College...

Lawmakers Pass Compromise Budget

After three special sessions, the Washington state legislature Friday approved a 2017-19 operating budget signed by Governor Jay Inslee just one hour before midnight...
A "Fail" For Washington On At-Risk K-12 Students; But There Are Fixes

A “Fail” For Washington On At-Risk K-12 Students; But There Are Fixes

The national average for high school graduation is at an all-time high of 82 percent. But, notes The Washington Roundtable in a new update...
Making schools start on time

Making schools start on time

The first day of school for the 2018-19  academic year has been marked by numerous teacher strikes throughout the state over proposed raises demanded...

Seattle Mom Urges NAACP To Reconsider

A Washington state charter school mother from West Seattle is one of six signatories on a special letter from a national advocacy group to...

K-12 Funding Plan Takes Alternative Path Toward McCleary Solution

A proposal by moderate Senate Democrats to fully fund basic education received both praise and concern from panel members and testifiers at a Monday,...
Overtime Session Foreshadows An Even Bigger Budget Challenge In 2017

Overtime Session Foreshadows An Even Bigger Budget Challenge In 2017

As the state Legislature heads into a special session to conclude negotiations on mid-course adjustments to the $38 billion 2015-2017 state budget, some lawmakers...
Central Washington University Plans To Address Pilot Shortage

Central Washington University Plans To Address Pilot Shortage

Central Washington University (CWU) is looking to expand its aviation program to meet increasing demand for pilots in the state. The university is asking $9.9 million...
Tax-Happy Washington State Supreme Court Called Out On K-12 Education Funding

Tax-Happy Washington State Supreme Court Called Out On K-12 Education Funding

State Rep. Matt Manweller (R-13) is reading the tea leaves on court-mandated hikes in the state's share of K-12 basic education funding, and he’s...
Budget Set - Now Real Work Starts

Budget Set – Now Real Work Starts

After a 19-day special session the state legislature approved a supplemental operating budget that despite new spending preserves the four-year balanced budget and includes...
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New grant to bolster employment efforts

Washington state youth and adults will now have access to new grant funding for job opportunities under the Career Connect Washington Initiative that begins...
All Hands On Deck To Fix Washington State's College Completion Problem

All Hands On Deck To Fix Washington State’s College Completion Problem

Washington state has a college completion problem. At four-year, in-state public institutions, only 56 percent graduate within four years. For two-year schools, 71 percent don't graduate within three...
What Should A High School Diploma Mean?

What Should A High School Diploma Mean?

As state lawmakers begin to align around two competing visions for funding K-12 basic education, they're also considering changes to requirements for a Washington...

Making K-12 Investments Count, In Washington

Washington has pumped $5 billion more into K-12 basic education since the State Supreme Court's 2012 McCleary ruling mandated that lawmakers step up. The state's biennial K-12 operating funding has grown from $13.4 billion to...
Pierce Schools Take Aim At Growth Rule

Pierce Schools Take Aim At Growth Rule

Five school districts have filed a lawsuit against Pierce County to get around a state Growth Management Hearings Board ruling. They say it deprives...
Washington high court still unsatisfied with education spending

Washington high court still unsatisfied with education spending

When asked how much money is enough, industrialist John Rockefeller replied: "Just a little bit more." That seemed to be the Washington State Supreme...

Enhanced Safety Strategies Protect Workers, Reduce Construction Business Operating Costs

For construction businesses, workplace accidents have ripple effects which extend beyond the initial claim and the worker’s wellbeing – any injury can hold up...
Bryant, Inslee Differ On Education, Taxes, and Carbon Cap Rule

Bryant, Inslee Differ On Education, Taxes, and Carbon Cap Rule

In a debate hosted by Seattle University this week, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Bill Bryant outlined disparate visions for the...
Legislature revises graduation requirements

Legislature revises graduation requirements

The Washington legislature has overwhelmingly approved a bill that eliminates certain high school graduation requirements regarding state assessments. Supporters say it will encourage stronger...
Alarms Ringing On Higher Ed Attainment

Alarms Ringing On Higher Ed Attainment

Hundreds of thousands of new jobs are coming to Washington in the next five years, and they will mostly require education beyond high school. State data presented last...
Data Viz: Washington, U.S. 4th-Graders Not "Proficient" In Math Or Reading

Washington, U.S. 4th-Graders Not “Proficient” In Math Or Reading

Neither Washington state nor U.S. 4th-graders on the whole are proficient in math or reading according to five-year average scores in the long-established, widely-used...
What Makes Teachers Stay, Or Leave?

What Makes Teachers Stay, Or Leave?

How to improve teacher retention could be among the recommendations to the legislature for next year from Washington state's new Joint Education Funding Task...
Auditor: Charter schools too new gauge effectiveness

Auditor: Charter schools too new to gauge effectiveness

Washington state charter schools are still too new to determine how effective they are at educating students in their classrooms, according to a new...
Student studying

Call to expand state financial aid

New research reveals that states should do a better job of including adults in financial aid programs to reach attainment goals. The data also...

Education: Future needs, lingering gaps open 2019 session

Lawmakers began the first week of the 2019 legislative session with a look toward the future of schools in Washington and a look back...
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Lens Video: Washington’s skilled worker gap

Lens sat down with State Sen. Guy Palumbo (D-1) to discuss how Washington can better prepare for the projected skilled worker gap.
Washington State Lawmakers Get An Earful On Growth Management Act Reform

Washington State Lawmakers Get An Earful On Growth Management Act Reform

Representatives of Washington cities, counties, schools and citizens groups packed a committee meeting room in Olympia this week to urge that lawmakers amend the...
The hidden cost of K-12 pay raises

The hidden cost of K-12 pay raises

While local school districts struggle to find ways to pay for recently approved teacher salary increases, the full cost to Washington taxpayers is still...
Lawmakers Lift Restrictions On School Siting

Lawmakers Lift Restrictions On School Siting

The Washington State Legislature this week approved legislation allowing school districts to build new facilities outside of their county’s “urban growth area” (UGA) under...
A Pathway To Great Careers In Washington, Via Public And Private Technical Colleges

A Pathway To Great Careers In Washington, Via Public And Private Technical Colleges

Now is a demanding time for new entrants to the Washington workforce. Over the next eight years, more working adults will need bachelor’s and...
A Pipeline To Skilled Trades: Family-Wage Jobs Aplenty For Electrician Trainees

A Pipeline To Skilled Trades: Family-Wage Jobs Aplenty For Electrician Trainees

More and more buildings are springing up around Puget Sound, but the skilled workers who build and maintain them are nearing retirement and the...
Washington's Maritime Industries Strong; But Canada Could Eat Our Lunch

Washington’s Maritime Industries Strong; But Canada Could Eat Our Lunch

Washington state's maritime industries are more of an economic powerhouse than you probably imagined. According to a report from the Economic Development Council of...

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