Hurray, hurray, everyone's excited about WSU seeing the highest enrollment ever in fall 2015 with 30,000 students starting classes. It is boasting its largest class of incoming freshmen ever. Only one problem: investors are taught to run for the hills when college enrollment goes up.
A historian announced Washington's education crisis and teacher strikes are déjà vu for him. Apparently the exact same thing happened in New Jersey in 1976. Here's how they solved the problem, but you're not going to like it.
On Sept. 4 the Washington Supreme Court threw out a 2012 voter initiative to allow charter schools. The lawsuit was brought by the state teachers union and argued charter schools violated the state's constitution. Justices agreed and now no new ones will be built and existing ones may get shut down. Are you OK with that? Did you vote for the initiative? Why?
First, if you need to know if school will be in session Thursday or onward due to the teacher's strike, the number to call (after 7pm) is 509-416-7874. Negotiations continue with hopes of ending the strike.
Andrew, like thousands of Tri-Cities kids, spent a year in the Fruitland building while Highlands Middle School was remodeled. It's an extremely useful facility for that purpose, but it also sits empty for long periods. Is it the best use of the asset?
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