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Hundreds of charter school students, teachers, and supporters rally at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., Thursday, May 17, 2018. Teachers unions and other groups have sued over Washington state's 2016 charter school law, which was enacted after the justices struck down the old law as unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Ted S.

10 years in, here’s what to know about WA charter schools

Hundreds of charter school students, teachers, and supporters rally at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., Thursday, May 17, 2018. Teachers unions and other groups have sued over Washington state's 2016 charter school law, which was enacted after the justices struck down the old law as unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Ted S.

March 24, 2024, 6:05am Latest News

In the days after a story about challenges brewing at Why Not You Academy charter school, in Des Moines, readers sent many questions to Education Lab. In the story, dozens of former staff members had come forward to demand accountability for what they say was a harmful workplace and educational… Read story

Seattle Public Schools participates during the Pride Parade on June 25, 2023, in Seattle.

What to know about Washington state’s law requiring LGBTQ+ history in public schools

Seattle Public Schools participates during the Pride Parade on June 25, 2023, in Seattle.

March 23, 2024, 11:34am Latest News

Public schools in Washington will be required to teach students about the contributions and history of LGBTQ+ people under a new law signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday. Read story

Governor signs ‘Walking Start to Running Start’ bill

March 21, 2024, 7:37am Latest News

Gov. Jay Inslee signed Sen. Brad Hawkins' bill to expand the Running Start program on Monday. Read story

A new state law is requiring the city of Vancouver to allow duplexes, fourplexes and even sometimes sixplexes in any single-family home neighborhood.

Following new state law, Vancouver will create rules to allow duplexes, fourplexes in any neighborhood

A new state law is requiring the city of Vancouver to allow duplexes, fourplexes and even sometimes sixplexes in any single-family home neighborhood.

March 21, 2024, 6:07am Business

The city of Vancouver is moving toward implementing state-required rules that would permit duplexes, fourplexes and even some sixplexes in any neighborhood, even those zoned for single-family residences. Read story

Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, second from right, joins fellow lawmakers as she speaks to the crowd during the 2024 Legislative Review at the Hilton Vancouver Washington on Wednesday morning.

2024 Legislative Review: Southwest Washington lawmakers tout session’s successes

Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, second from right, joins fellow lawmakers as she speaks to the crowd during the 2024 Legislative Review at the Hilton Vancouver Washington on Wednesday morning.

March 20, 2024, 7:25pm Business

Southwest Washington lawmakers gathered Wednesday morning at the Hilton Vancouver Washington to discuss the recent legislative session and its implications for the business community. Read story

A container of Narcan, or naloxone, sits on tree roots at a longstanding homeless encampment.

Washington Gov. Inslee signs fentanyl bill sending money to disproportionately affected tribes

A container of Narcan, or naloxone, sits on tree roots at a longstanding homeless encampment.

March 20, 2024, 3:25pm Health

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a multimillion-dollar measure to send state money to tribes and Indigenous people in the state who die from opioid overdoses at disproportionately high rates in Washington. Read story

Vancouver Police officers and Clark County Sheriff's Deputies interact at the scene of a police shooting in Hazel Dell on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

How police reform efforts in the Legislature faltered this year

Vancouver Police officers and Clark County Sheriff's Deputies interact at the scene of a police shooting in Hazel Dell on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

March 20, 2024, 7:54am Courts & Crime

Police accountability advocates saw nearly every major police reform bill introduced in the Legislature lapse this year. Read story

Cleanup begins on the Jenny Creek Fire site near La Center on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 17, 2023. The fire started at a residence and spread to wooded areas.

Update of Washington’s wildfire building code gets ditched

Cleanup begins on the Jenny Creek Fire site near La Center on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 17, 2023. The fire started at a residence and spread to wooded areas.

March 20, 2024, 7:52am Latest News

State officials scrapped new wildfire protection rules for homes and other buildings on Friday, the day the suite of building codes was set to take effect. Read story

Kathy Guo of Vancouver, center with yellow gloves, walks the shoreline with Dalton Hobbs of Portland, who caught the first smelt during the five-hour window for smelt dipping on the Cowlitz River on Tuesday afternoon.

Smelt fishing may soon require license in Washington state

Kathy Guo of Vancouver, center with yellow gloves, walks the shoreline with Dalton Hobbs of Portland, who caught the first smelt during the five-hour window for smelt dipping on the Cowlitz River on Tuesday afternoon.

March 19, 2024, 7:43am Latest News

Gov. Jay Inslee will sign a bill into law that will require Washington smelt dippers to get a license before they wade out with nets. Read story

Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, D-Spokane, speaks during a legislative session preview in the Cherberg Building at the Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024, in Olympia, Wash.

As Washington lawmakers pass on lowering limits for driving drunk, a borrowed breath tester changed at least one mind

Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, D-Spokane, speaks during a legislative session preview in the Cherberg Building at the Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024, in Olympia, Wash.

March 19, 2024, 7:38am Business

After another year of debate, Washington lawmakers again set aside a proposal to lower the legal limit for driving drunk. Read story