Options to ease overcrowding in Bethel School District examined in case bond measure rejected

PUYALLUP, Wash. — Parents, community members and Bethel School District officials came together Tuesday night to address overcrowding in the district. The Bethel School District is hoping a $443 million bond passes in November to build new schools, repair existing ones and ease overcrowded classrooms, but the school district has a long history of failed bond measures, so a task force came together to look at drastic options in case this bond fails, too. “It’s gotten worse,” said Kim Price, […]

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Tentative contract agreement reached in week-long Tacoma teachers strike

TACOMA, Wash. — Tacoma Public Schools and the Tacoma Education Association announced Thursday night that they have reached a tentative contract agreement. Teachers went on strike last Thursday — which was supposed to be the first day of school — to try to get larger pay raises than the district initially offered. The school district  said classes are now scheduled to begin Monday, pending a positive ratification vote by the striking teachers. The Tacoma Education Association said it will be […]

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Schools welcoming students to campus have help for parents and families as move-in day approaches

SEATTLE — College campuses in our region are preparing for new students to arrive; some for the first time.  As you help your student get ready for this big change one expert says start with the school’s website for a move-in check-in list. And she has an extra tip if your student is moving far from home. “I would say check the weather report see what happens in your state. If it’s a light jacket, if it’s a heavy jacket, […]

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Middle school students to be offered mental health screenings to address feelings of depression, suicide

REDMOND, Wash. — Some middle school students in King County will soon be asked to undergo mental health screenings to address feelings of depression and suicide. “On our last survey, 13% of our middle schoolers reported that they’d contemplated suicide,” said Matt Gillingham, director of student services for Lake Washington School District. “That’s just a staggering amount. So this allows us to intervene early so we’re able to connect with those students before they start making plans or even attempting […]

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Longtime Tacoma teacher resigns amid strike, saying she’s fed up with district’s attitude

TACOMA, Wash. — Some are calling her Tacoma’s best teacher. “I do it because it’s the best job in the world. If people really knew what kind of connections and amazing moments happen in the classroom, there’d be a line of people out here to break this strike, honestly,” Jason Lee Middle School teacher Anne Hawkins said Monday. But after 19 years of teaching in Tacoma, Hawkins has decided enough is enough and resigned from the district on Monday. “I […]

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Striking Centralia teachers, district reach tentative contract agreement; school to begin Wednesday

CENTRALIA, Wash. — The Centralia school district announced Monday night that it had reached a tentative agreement with striking teachers and that classes for grades 1-12 will start on Wednesday. Cnetral School District 401 said details of its agreement with the Centralia Education Association will be made public after CEA members ratify the tentative contract agreement on Tuesday. Centralia teachers have been on strike since last Tuesday, Sept. 4.    

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