Neal McNamara

Washington schools lose lawsuit over special education funding

The state Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against the Alliance for Adequate Funding of Special Education, a consortium of 11 school districts that wanted to change how the state funds special education.

Beamer vs. Broadway: School cancels ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ over production rights

It turns out that you, in fact, can’t take it with you — unless the publisher grants you the rights.

Federal Way takes part in regional education ‘road map’

A Seattle-based education advocacy organization wants to ameliorate the “shockingly poor” education results in South King County and Seattle with a 10-year improvement project it launched Thursday, the Road Map for Education Results.

A Seattle-based education advocacy organization wants to ameliorate the “shockingly poor” education results in South King County and Seattle with a 10-year improvement project it launched Thursday, the Road Map for Education Results.

Bomb threat written on a bathroom mirror. Photo courtesy of Federal Way police.

Behind the bomb threats: Felony mischief lingers in Federal Way schools

The student scribbled a bomb threat on the wall of the bathroom in black ink because he apparently didn’t want to go to school. “Big Boom Nov 9th Beamer Dies.”

Bomb threat written on a bathroom mirror. Photo courtesy of Federal Way police.
Illahee Middle School students wore soccer jerseys with the symbol for Pi on the front.

Competitive math: Middle-schoolers quietly duke it out in Federal Way

At 10 a.m. Saturday, the massive cafeteria inside Thomas Jefferson High School was filled with more than 100 middle and elementary school students.

Illahee Middle School students wore soccer jerseys with the symbol for Pi on the front.

Law will reshape student nutrition in Federal Way schools

Congress passed a law that will eventually affect Federal Way residents who have children that eat a school-provided lunch.

Sam Schumer in his debate classroom at Thomas Jefferson High School. Schumer will travel to UCLA in January to represent Federal Way in a national debate tournament.

Here comes the argument: Student debater is Federal Way’s best

Sam Schumer started debating at the end of his freshman year at Thomas Jefferson High School, and he hasn’t looked back. Now a senior, Schumer is the preeminent debater in Federal Way schools.

Sam Schumer in his debate classroom at Thomas Jefferson High School. Schumer will travel to UCLA in January to represent Federal Way in a national debate tournament.
Water to Go co-owner David Payne shows refillable water jugs. Between June 1 and Thursday

Washington state says goodbye to bottle and candy taxes

Washington residents were boiling mad enough over taxes on bottled water, gum and candy to repeal them on Election Day.

Water to Go co-owner David Payne shows refillable water jugs. Between June 1 and Thursday

Federal Way commuters spend less time in traffic

Federal Way residents who commute to Seattle on Interstate 5 saw a 12-minute decrease in their morning commute time between 2007 and 2009, according to a traffic study released Nov. 19 by the state Department of Transportation.

Lakota Middle School seventh-grader Grant Hall and the trophies he earned in math competitions.

Middle school mathlete racks up trophies in Federal Way

Lakota Middle School seventh-grader Grant Hall has seven trophies, each a testament to his athleticism.

Lakota Middle School seventh-grader Grant Hall and the trophies he earned in math competitions.
Deputy Eric White with Thomas Jefferson High School’s mascot

Federal Way school patrol: Hidden cost of King County’s budget cuts

Last week at Thomas Jefferson High School, a student approached King County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric White to give him some alarming news: There was a fellow student with a gun.

Deputy Eric White with Thomas Jefferson High School’s mascot
Snow draped Federal Way this past week

You could have driven from Federal Way to San Francisco in the time it took some to commute home on Monday night, and all due to a little bit of snow.

Snow draped Federal Way this past week
Snow draped Federal Way this past week

Federal Way crews and drivers tackle icy roads; studded tires sell ‘like mad’

You could have driven from Federal Way to San Francisco in the time it took some to commute home on Monday night, and all due to a little bit of snow.

Snow draped Federal Way this past week
Trevor Jones shakes snow from a Christmas Tree Monday morning at his family's business

Winter’s here in Federal Way: Forecast calls for 6 inches of snow and frigid temps | School and road closures

Some afternoon Federal Way school closures, minor accidents reported on I-5

Trevor Jones shakes snow from a Christmas Tree Monday morning at his family's business

South King Fire commissioner wants independent review of chief’s contract negotiations

A South King Fire and Rescue commissioner wants to fund an independent review of the process by which Chief Allen Church’s new contract was negotiated, saying he is unsure if it was allowable under the policies of the board.

A sculpture by British Columbia artist Michael Dennis at Saghalie Middle School.

Public art: Federal Way schools are shopping, state is paying

All of these pieces were bought and placed in Federal Way schools by a state program that buys public art.

A sculpture by British Columbia artist Michael Dennis at Saghalie Middle School.

Weekend weather may bring snow to Western Washington

An earthquake, a wind storm and a widespread power outage. You would think that’s enough weather-related calamity for one week, but apparently not. Snow may befall the Puget Sound area this weekend, but it’s predicted to be just a tiny bit.

Jimmy Fincher

For those about to rock: Woodmont students salute musical calling

At the end of the class, seventh-grader Terrin Respa got a few precious moments alone with his snare drum.

Jimmy Fincher

Mother charged in 12-year-old daughter’s methadone overdose

The death of 12-year-old Lakota Middle School student Jessica Griffith has been ruled as acute methadone intoxication, and her mother was arraigned Wednesday in Pierce County on charges of controlled substances homicide.