Obama Visits Oso, Declares ‘Major Disaster’

“The country is thinking about all of you, and have been throughout this tragedy. We’re not going anywhere. We’ll be here as long as it takes.” President Obama used these words to speak to the town of Oso, still reeling from last month’s devastating mudslides, on April 22. Obama spoke to the resilience and strength […]

Wash. State Leave ‘No Child’ Waiver Behind

Washington schools will soon lose the one thing currently protecting them from the unpopular No Child Left Behind act. Back in 2012, Washington received a NCLB waiver along with 42 other states. The waiver was conditional, however, and required that the state implement a number of educational policies established by the Obama administration that would […]

Free College (At First) Under Proposed Bill

Imagine a world where money is not an immediate concern when choosing to attend a college. A new bill being proposed in Washington state could make this a reality. The bill is called Pay It Forward and was proposed by Representative Larry Seaquist. Essentially, the bill would allow for students to go to college without […]

Skagit Bridge Collapse Causes Scare

Washington made CNN news headlines two weeks ago when an 18-wheeler slammed into the Skagit River Bridge on I-5, causing the bridge to collapse into the Skagit River. The accident caused two vehicles to fall from the bridge into the river below. Several victims were hospitalized, but the accident resulted in no fatalities. The cost […]

Washington’s Poorest Feel Taxes’ Toll

Washington state is about as blue as you can get. Last November, Washington voters approved same sex marriage and recreational marijuana use, and Washington residents have voted for the Democratic nominee in every presidential election since 1988. It’s easy to see why a recent Gallup Poll listed Washington as one of the top 10 liberal […]

Inslee Prioritizes Job Creation, Education

Washington’s 23rd governor touched on a range of priorities in his inaugural speech: crafting a balanced budget, gun control and school safety, education, and sustaining Washington’s transportation system. This week, we’re taking a look at what Inslee’s tenure could bring for the state. Environment Inslee’s first proposal to the state legislature is a bill that […]

I-1240 Makes Education A Lottery For Some

The possibility of public charter schools in Washington state has been a source of controversy since the mid-1990s. Until now, Washington voters had rejected all three attempts at establishing charter schools at the state level. This November, Initiative 1240 passed, competitively earning approximately 51 percent of the vote. Initiative 1240 will allow for eight charter […]

Misplaced Documents Threaten Democracy

After the registration and just a few days before the final voter registration day, several students who had registered to vote had not received their ballots. After contacting SGSU, who then contacted The Washington Bus, it was discovered that an unknown amount of voter registration forms had been lost in the mail somewhere between being […]

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