March 7, 2013 | Vol. 116 -- No. 46

Schools fare better when left up to local direction

In our opinion

Are our schools better off in the hands of local residents, or a non-profit group directed by the state?

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Senate Bill 5329, currently under consideration, is among the education-related proposals in the Legislature. State senators of both parties from the west side are sponsoring the bill, which passed through committees with a 12-3 vote.

The bill creates a state superintendent district as an established office within the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Low-performing schools from the bottom 10 percent of the state would be transferred to the district in an attemp...

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