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Flash Flood Watch issued August 21 at 10:04AM PDT until August 22 at 9:00PM PDT by NWS

...STORMS TODAY AND FRIDAY MAY PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING OR MUD SLIDES OVER NORTH CASCADE BURN SCARS... .SLOW MOVING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE INTO FRIDAY EVENING. LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN WILL BE A POSSIBILITY IN AREAS RECENTLY BURNED BY WILDFIRES ...INCLUDING THE CARLTON...CHIWAUKUM...LITTLE BRIDGE CREEK...

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It’s not the schools that fail

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Begin with a stupid law, requiring schools do the impossible or face the horrible consequences, a law so widely disliked that nearly every state gets a waiver from its ridiculous requirements. To that add a federal agency intent on intervening in every state’s education policies, even to the point of dictating how they evaluate their employees, especially teachers and principals. Add a teachers’ union whose members dislike being judged, especially in ways dictated by federal authorities, especially if it involves tests. Tack on a pack of legislators terrified of offending the already unhappy teachers’ union, which coincidentally bankrolls a good deal of their political efforts, and a governor and superintendent of public instruction who smell approaching disaster but apparently have no power to persuade anybody to do much about it. Top it off with a Congress that knows the federal law that started all this is badly botched, and yet can’t muster the will to do anything about it.

This is a fine mess, thank you very much. Predictable, says state Superintendent Randy Dorn. Sadly expected, says Gov. Jay Inslee. Deeply disappointing, says Sen. Patty Murray.

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