Education Funding in Washington State: A history lesson and Constitutional mandate

According to Article IX of the Washington State Constitution, the state’s “paramount duty” is to provide an “ample” and “uniform” education for all children. In 1977, Judge Robert Doran ruled that the state was in violation of the constitution because school districts were relying on local special levies to fund a large portion of the […]

Voter’s Demand: Lower class sizes; School Districts dilemma: Paying for it

By Alice Day, Reporter WNPA Olympia News Bureau OLYMPIA—School districts around Washington are priming their fiscal pumps in coming weeks, asking local constituents to support special maintenance and operations tax propositions to maintain current programs, as well as bond measures to support facilities development and transportation needs. Meanwhile, at the state Capitol, lawmakers have yet […]

School District struggles under weight of the Open Public Records Act

By JUSTIN BURNETT South Whidbey Record Asking the South Whidbey School District for public records comes with a new price tag these days — your name, the information sought, and the time and cost to fulfill the request posted for all the world to see on the district’s website. Beginning late last month, such details […]

A Note from the Washington Coalition for Open Government (WCOG)

Dear Friends of Open Government, The 2015 legislative session is underway, and once again Washington Coalition for Open Government will be keeping a watchful eye for bills that would impact your access to government information, and keep you updated on the status of those bills as they move through the process. Already, just in the […]

New Address and Phone Numbers for WNPA

The WNPA recently moved into a new office in Olympia. Please update your records: 1204 Fourth Ave. East, Suite 4 Olympia WA 98506   Please note: NEW Phone numbers as of Dec. 2014: Main Office (CJ Burk): Accounting and Advertising 360-515-0974 Marcia Van Dyke: Executive Director: 360-515-5239 Fax: 360-515-5546  

2014 BNC Awards Announced

2014 Better Newspaper Contest BNC tab available now! Thanks to the Wenatchee World, the sponsor of our 2014 BNC winners tab, WNPA has a downloadable PDF (3.4 MB) of the 2014 BNC award winners’ tab.   Winners of the Washington Better Newspaper Contest were announced Oct. 3, 2014 at the awards dinner during WNPA’s 127th annual convention at Campbell’s […]