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In this Jan. 5, 2012, photo, Susan Enfield, now superintendent of Highline Public Schools, spoke to reporters at the Capitol in Olympia.
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Voters in the Highline school district south of Seattle will be deciding whether to approve a two-year levy to pay for new computers and other technology. The shift to remote learning in the pandemic has highlighted the need.

The levy would collect a total of $32.5 million over two years. But the property tax rate would go down a little bit even if voters approve the measure. That’s because some general obligation bonds the district refinanced last year will be paid off next year and the district’s operations levy rate is set to decline a bit from this year to next.

Jordyn Famimiko (left) and Mary Belay are part of a new student group called the Highline Youth Race and Equity Coalition. The group wants students to have a say in teacher hiring committees.
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The protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis have sparked a surge of activism among high school students around issues of racial justice.

Students in Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue and other districts in the Puget Sound region have pushed for police officers to be removed from schools. Now, a new student group in the Highline district, south of Seattle, wants youth to have a say in hiring educators.

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Some big school districts in King County say they plan to start the school year off virtually instead of in person. Those districts include Seattle, Bellevue, Renton and Highline.

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The Feb. 13 special election will be a test of voters' support for local school levies and bond measures in the wake of major changes to the way the state funds public education. Around the Puget Sound region, dozens of school districts are asking people to support local property tax measures.

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A Washington school district has revealed that a football player who died following a head injury had suffered a concussion before.

KCPQ-TV reports KCPQ-TV reports that Highline School District Superintendent Susan Enfield said Thursday morning that Evergreen High School football player Kenney Bui had a concussion several weeks before being injured at last Friday's game.

She says he was cleared by a doctor to return to the field.

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Voters in the Highline School District have once again rejected a plan to rebuild aging schools, upgrade the district's technology and make other critical building repairs. 

Though the proposed $376 million bond issue was slightly smaller than the package voters rejected by just 215 votes in November, it fared worse in Tuesday's special election. Results showed 53 percent of voters supporting the property tax hike, short of the 60 percent supermajority it needed to pass.

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Highline Public Schools leaders are once again pushing for a property tax hike to build several new school buildings. A similar measure fell just 215 votes short in November. 

District officials have sent a $376 million bond issue back to Highline School District voters who have until next Tuesday, Feb. 10 to return their ballots in a special election.

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Where should a transgender student in a public school use the restroom? In which locker room should the student shower or change clothes? And how should a teacher refer to a student: as a he, a she, or neither?

The Highline Public Schools Board will vote Wednesday night on a new, formal set of guidelines to help staff answer these questions.

A pack of King County school districts has won of slice of the federal government’s Race to The Top fund, worth $40 million dollars over four years. Seven districts applied for the grant together, as the Road Map District Consortium. They said they’ll use the money to beef up preschool programs, enrich science and math learning in the primary grades, and offer training and testing subsidies to high schools.