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While Vibrant Schools Tacoma is non-partisan and is not endorsing, it is important for us to share with you the vital information to make your own informed decision. Below are updates happening in Tacoma Public Schools that we want you to know about, articles surrounding initiatives, bonds, and candidates, and interesting facts that impact Tacoma School District, students, parents, teachers, and administration.  Hope you enjoy and if you have news articles that fit this criteria please sent the links to: info@vibrantschoolstacoma.org. Thank you!

March 3, 2014 http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/03/03/3076113/tacoma-boyington-memorial-to-get.html

March 2, 2014 http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/03/02/3074804/deadline-looms-on-state-budget.html

February 28, 2014 http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/02/28/3071163/reportstate-failing-higher-education.html

February 27, 2014 http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/02/27/3069996/uwt-welcomes-interim-leader.html

February 26, 2014 http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/02/26/3068544/abortion-protesters-visit-tacoma.html

February 26, 2014 http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/02/26/3068990/free-speech-abortion-debate-simmers.html

February 25, 2014 http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/02/25/3067382/more-tacoma-schools-added-to-state.html

February 24, 2014 http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/02/24/3065814/law-school-rebirth-in-tacoma-gets.html

February 24, 2014 http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/02/24/3064596/film-shares-effects-of-standardized.html

February 24, 2014 http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/02/24/3064594/tacoma-program-helps-kids-prep.html

February 22, 2014 http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/02/22/3062592/tacoma-programs-make-it-easier.html

February 17, 2014 http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/02/17/3051964/7th-8th-graders-can-apply-for.html

February 17, 2014 http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/02/17/3051965/tacoma-lincoln-high-to-host-drumline.html

February 10, 2014 http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/02/10/3039625/election-day-is-upon-us-and-13.html

February 6, 2014 http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/02/06/3032438/lincoln-high-school-teacher-arrested.html

January 15, 2014 http://www.tacoma.k12.wa.us/photos/Pages/lincoln-shop-tour.aspx

January 11, 2014 http://www.tacoma.k12.wa.us/photos/Pages/mccarver-peace-community.aspx

January 1, 2014 More Assistance is Needed for Teacher Unions from the State Level

December 30, 2013 Charter School Group to Host Public Forums in Tacoma

December 28, 2013 Annual Writing Contest will Launch January 25th

December 26, 2013 10 Strangest College Essay Questions

December 26, 2013 New Group will Work for Special-Needs Students

December 23, 2013 Pierce Teachers Rising to the Top

December 23, 2013 Essay Contest Offers Scholarships for Seniors

December 18, 2013 Chamber Endorses School Levies

December 18, 2013 Graduation Ceremony for Parents Who Completed Stand University for Parents

December 16, 2013 University of Puget Sound joins American Honors Network

December 16, 2013 TACOMA: Bellarmine Student Wins Essay Competition

December 12, 2013 Judge Upholds Most of State Charter School Law

December 11, 2013 Tacoma’s Mason Middle School Locked Down for most of Wednesday

December 11, 2013 Tacoma Community College, St. Martin’s University Team to offer Bachelor’s Degree program at TCC

October 3, 2013 http://www.tacoma.k12.wa.us/photos/Pages/we-day.aspx

September 28, 2013 – January 5, 2014 FACILITATORS TRAINING & GROUP WORKSHOPS: RACE: ARE WE SO DIFFERENT? EXHIBITION AT PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER

August 21, 2013 Advanced Placement Classes Failing Students

June 27, 2013 Program Helps Homeless Tacoma College Students Off Streets

June 27, 2013 Tacoma Teacher and Educators Association Win EPA Award and Grant for Innovative Environmental Education

June 23, 2013 Tacoma Schools: Leadership Lineup Changes Announced

May 24, 2013 Tacoma School Board to Hold Off On Charter Start-Ups

May 22, 2013 4 Teachers Get Layoff Notices, 95 May Move

May 19, 2013 The Home and School Connection: McCarver Elementary Program for $25 Rent

May 13, 2013 Deadline Approaching to File for School Board and Other Positions

May 12, 2013 Career and Technical Instructors May Be Laid Off in Tacoma Public Schools

May 10, 2013 Student Sues Over Alleged Sexual Assault

May 8, 2013 Inslee Signs Law for Takeover of Schools

May 6, 2013 Changes Ahead For Special Ed

May 3, 2013 District Offers Summer School Classes

May 1, 2013 Ferguson To Serve As New Title I Director

April 24, 2013 Superintendent Announces Administrative Changes

April 19, 2013 Five Tacoma Schools Win Washington Achievement Awards

April 4, 2013 Grange Helps Teachers Finish Longstanding Project

March 18, 2013 Educator-Authors To Speak To Staff, Community March 19-20th

March 16, 2013 Deputy Superintendent Josh Garcia Named National 2013 Outstanding Young Educator

March 14, 2013 Safe Learning Environments Website Goes Live!

January 31, 2013 Tacoma 2012 Graduation Rate Increases 6 Percent

January 11, 2013 20 More National Board Certified Teachers Added To Tacoma Teacher Ranks

Year 2012 Five Dimensions of Teaching and Learning

December 28, 2012 Wilson, Stanley named Schools of Distinction

December 14, 2012 Response To Connecticut School Shooting

October 25, 2012 School Board Adopts Innovation Policy to Encourage Specialty Schools, Programs

September 21, 2012 Nutrition Requirements For School Meal Program Updated

August 31, 2012 Parents Can Check Bus Routes Online With WebQuery

August 31, 2012 Tacoma Public Schools – Director of Community Partnership, Academic Equity & Achievement

August 29, 2012 Tacoma Students Improve Equal, Higher Than State Average In Most Grade Levels

August 26, 2012 Pros and Cons to I-1240 Charter School Initiative

May 4, 2012 Roger Chow is Appointed Director of Curriculum and Instruction

March 19, 2012 Tacoma Public Schools – New Deputy Superintendent Announcement

September 29, 2011 Tacoma Weekly – District, Union agree to put strike behind them

September 29, 2011 Tacoma Weekly – Governor gets the credit for ending teacher’s strike

September 28, 2011 The Olympian: Editorial – Teachers lost trust of students, families by going on strike

September 27, 2011 The News Tribune: Peter Callaghan – Tacoma teachers, district court? Nevermind

September 27, 2011 The News Tribune – Tacoma teachers likely will be paid on time

September 25, 2011 The News Tribune – Tacoma schools, union leaders look back at what prompted strike

September 23, 2011 The News Tribune – Tacoma students are back in school

September 23, 2011 The News Tribune – Tacoma teachers, students return to class today

September 23, 2011 The News Tribune – Final contract under review for approval

September 23, 2011 KING 5 News – Tacoma teachers, students return to class Friday

September 22, 2011 Education Week – Tacoma Teachers Vote to End Strike

September 22, 2011 KIRO 7 Eyewitness News – Strike Over: Tacoma Teachers Approve Contract

September 22, 2011 KOMO News – Tacoma teachers vote to end strike; classes start Friday

September 22, 2011 Q13 Fox News – Teachers, students head back to school in Tacoma

September 22, 2011 KING 5 News – Tacoma teachers approve contract, classes start Friday

September 22, 2011 The Seattle Times – Tacoma teachers approve deal by 99% vote

September 22, 2011 The News Tribune – Contract ratified; Tacoma teacher strike over

September 22, 2011 Spokesman Review – Tacoma teachers vote to end strike

September 22, 2011  Tacoma Weekly – Strike is over – school resumes tomorrow

September 22, 2011  KIRO 7 Eyewitness News – Tacoma Teachers To Vote On Tentative Contract

September 22, 2011 KOMO News – Gov. brokers deal to end Tacoma teachers strike

September 22, 2011 KUOW – Gregoire Gets Tentative Agreement From Union And District

September 22, 2011 KING 5 News – Tacoma teachers to vote on tentative agreement

September 22, 2011 KPLU – Update: Tacoma teachers vote at noon on deal to end strike

September 22, 2011 The Seattle Times – Tentative pact in Tacoma teachers strike

September 22, 2011 The News Tribune – Gregoire praises Tacoma school deal; teachers vote at noon, could be in class Friday

September 22, 2011 CBS News – Striking Tacoma teachers to vote on contract

September 22, 2011 Education Week – Tacoma Teachers to Vote on Contract Brokered by Gov. Gregoire

September 21, 2011 TQ13 Fox News – Tentative agreement reached between Tacoma teachers and district

September 21, 2011 KING 5 News – Gov. brokers deal to end Wash. teachers strike, school possible Friday

September 21, 2011  KING 5 News – No class for Tacoma schools, Gov. spokesman says progress made

September 21, 2011 Seattle PI – Gov. orders new talks in Tacoma teachers strike

September 21, 2011 KING 5 News – Gregoire steps in Tacoma teachers strike

September 21, 2011 KIRO 7 Eyewitness News – Gregoire Orders Negotiators Back To Table In Teachers’ Strike

September 21, 2011  KOMO News – Gregoire calls striking teachers and school district to Olympia

September 21, 2011 Q13 Fox News – Gov. Greogire demands end to teachers strike

September 21, 2011 The News Tribune – Gov. Chris Gregoire moving Tacoma negotiations to her office if no deal by 3 p.m.

September 21, 2011 The Everett Herald – Governor set to intercede in Tacoma teacher strike

September 21, 2011 KPLU – Governor orders new talks in Tacoma teachers strike

September 21, 2011 Vancouver Columbian: Editorial – Striking Omission

September 21, 2011 Education Week – Talks Break Down in Tacoma Teachers Strike

September 20, 2011  KING 5 News – Family to withdraw from district due to Tacoma teacher strike

September 20, 2011 The News Tribune – Teachers, district stay late to negotiate, head back to table this afternoon

September 20, 2011 The News Tribune – Teacher talks continue

September 20, 2011 Q13 Fox News – Tacoma teachers still on strike, bargaining teams exhausted after 14 hours of negotiations

September 20, 2011 KIRO 7 Eye Witness News – Tacoma School District, Teachers May Be Closer To Agreement

September 20, 2011 KUOW – Tacoma School Strike, Day 5

September 20, 2011 KUOW – Tacoma School Strike, Day 5

September 19, 2011 Q13 FOX News – Tacoma teachers still on strike, contract negotiations continue

September 19, 2011 KIR 7 Eyewitness News – Tacoma Classes Canceled Again, But Negotiators Signal Progress

September 19, 2011 KPLU – District says it has no plans to replace striking Tacoma teachers

September 19, 2011 KPLU – Judge: Tacoma could replace striking teachers

September 19, 2011 Education Week – Judge Might OK Replacement Teachers in Tacoma Strikes

September 19, 2011 Weekly Volcano – MORNING SPEW: Teacher strike talks, redistricting latest, emmys awkward moments and more…

September 19, 2011 KOMO News – No sanctions yet for striking Tacoma teachers

September 19, 2011 KING 5 News – Tacoma could replace striking teachers, says judge

September 19, 2011 KING 5 News – Tacoma teachers strike impacting hundreds of district employees

September 19, 2011 KPLU – Tacoma teachers’ strike keeps schools closed

September 19, 2011 The News Tribune – Strike still on as talks progress

September 18, 2011  The News Tribune – Tacoma teacher union, administrators bargain late into the evening

September 18, 2011 The News Tribune – No sanctions against teachers … for now

September 18, 2011 The News Tribune: Op-Ed – Both sides in teacher dispute should keep focus on students

September 16, 2011 KUOW – Judge Says Tacoma Teachers Who Stayed On Strike Are ‘At Risk’

September 16, 2011 The News Tribune – Tacoma School District announces there will be no school Monday

September 16, 2011 KING 5 News – No deal yet, Tacoma Schools closed again Monday

September 16, 2011 KIRO 7 Eyewitness News – Tacoma School District Cancels Monday Classes

September 16, 2011 The News Tribune – Judge holds off sanctions for striking teachers

September 16, 2011 KOMO News – Tacoma teachers rally, wait word on negotiations

September 16, 2011 The News Tribune – Growing crowd rallies outside school district headquarters

September 16, 2011 The News Tribune – High school students march in support of teachers

September 16, 2011 The News Tribune – Court hearing, bargaining session and rally will keep both sides in Tacoma teacher strike busy

September 16, 2011 The News Tribune – Defiant Tacoma teachers to stay on strike

September 16, 2011 KING 5 News – Striking Tacoma teachers could face fines for defying judge’s order

September 15, 2011 KIRO 7 Eyewitness News – Tacoma School District Cancels Friday Classes

September 15, 2011 Q13 Fox News – 93% of teachers vote to continue to strike

September 15, 2011 KPLU – Striking Tacoma teachers want contract solutions now, not later

September 15, 2011 The News Tribune – Elected officials, public react to Tacoma teacher strike

September 15, 2011 The News Tribune – Revenue shortfall may be bad news for Tacoma schools

September 15, 2011 The News Tribune – Teachers vote to continue strike; school canceled Friday

September 15, 2011 The Seattle Times – Tacoma teachers are going for broke

September 15, 2011 The Seattle Times: Editorial – Striking Tacoma’s teachers should be fined

September 15, 2011 Tacoma Weekly – Vibrant Schools Tacoma // Coalition Statement Urging Good Faith Bargaining By Both Sides

September 15, 2011 Q13 Fox News – Classes canceled as Tacoma teachers take to the picket lines

September 15, 2011 KOMO News – Classes canceled as Tacoma teachers stay on picket line

September 15, 2011 KIRO 7 Eyewitness News – Classes Canceled At Tacoma Schools As Teachers Continue Strike

September 15, 2011 KING 5 News – Tacoma classes cancelled after striking teachers defy judge’s order

September 15, 2011 Tacoma Weekly – Class Size, Teacher Pay and Seniority

September 15, 2011 The Seattle Times – Tacoma teachers defy judge, stay on picket line

September 15, 2011 KPLU – Tacoma teachers remain on strike; classes cancelled

September 15, 2011 The News Tribune – District calls off school due to continuing strike

September 15, 2011 KUOW – Back To School In Tacoma?

September 15, 2011 The Olympian – Tacoma teachers strike unlikely to spur new law

September 14, 2011 Coalition Urges Tacoma Public Schools and Tacoma Education Association to Prioritize Students, Learning

September 14, 2011 KUOW – Tacoma District Takes Teachers To Court And Wins

September 14, 2011 The Seattle Times: Editorial – Time for Tacoma teachers to return to the classroom

September 14, 2011 The News Tribune – Public could serve both sides best from sidelines

September 14, 2011 KPLU – Update: Tacoma teachers to meet at picket lines to decide next step

September 14, 2011 Tacoma Weekly – School resumes tomorrow in Tacoma

September 14, 2011 KPLU – Judge orders striking Tacoma teachers back to work

September 14, 2011 The Seattle Times – Judge orders Tacoma teachers back to work

September 14, 2011 KOMO News – Judge issues temporary restraining order in Tacoma strike

September 14, 2011  KIRO 7 Eyewitness News – Judge Orders Striking Tacoma Teachers Back To Work

September 14, 2011  The News Tribune – Judge issues restraining order in strike

September 14, 2011  KING 5 News – Judge could order striking Tacoma teachers back to work

September 14, 2011 The News Tribune – Tacoma teacher strike goes to court today

September 14, 2011 The News Tribune: Editorial – Poor, disabled are hurt by this strike of choice

September 14, 2011 KPLU – Strike day two: Tacoma district heading to court to end walkout

September 14, 2011 Q13 Fox News – Striking teachers undeterred by district’s efforts

September 14, 2011  The Seattle Times: Danny Westneat – Striking Tacoma teachers need lesson in timing

September 13, 2011 KING 5 News – Classes canceled in Tacoma for second day as strike continues

September 13, 2011  KIRO 7 Eyewitness News – District Wants Teachers Forced Back To Work

September 13, 2011 KOMO News – Teachers’ strike leaves parents with few options

September 13, 2011 Tacoma Weekly – Strike continues – No school Wednesday in Tacomas

September 13, 2011 The Olympian – Tacoma teachers hit the picket line

September 13, 2011 KPLU – Strike day one: Tacoma teachers begin picketing

September 13, 2011 KOMO News – School district heading to court as Tacoma teachers hit picket line

September 13, 2011  Q13 Fox News – Tacoma teachers strike over staffing, policy, class size and pay

September 13, 2011  The News Tribune – Tacoma teachers hit the picket lines

September 13, 2011 The News Tribune – Tacoma wants judge to make striking teachers return

September 13, 2011 KING 5 News – No school in Tacoma as teachers hit picket line

September 13, 2011 The News Tribune – TACOMA TEACHERS GO ON STRIKE

September 12, 2011 Vibrant Schools Tacoma Statement on State of Tacoma Teacher Contract Negotiations

September 12, 2011 Tacoma Weekly – Tacoma teachers on strike

September 12, 2011 The Seattle Times – Tacoma teachers vote to strike immediately

September 12, 2011 KPLU – Union VP says she’s proud of Tacoma teachers’ vote to strike

September 12, 2011 The News Tribune – Teachers gathering for strike vote

September 12, 2011 KIRO 7 Eyewitness News – Tacoma Teachers To Vote On Whether To Strike

September 12, 2011 Seattle PI – Tacoma teachers to take another strike vote

September 12, 2011 KING 5 News – Tacoma teachers to vote on strike today

September 12, 2011 KOMO News – Tacoma teachers’ strike looms again

September 12, 2011 The News Tribune – Will Tacoma teachers strike? We’ll likely know Monday night

September 11, 2011 KING 5 News – Tacoma teachers headed for strike vote… again

September 10, 2011 The News Tribune – Tacoma teacher union contract rift hinges on teacher reassignments

September 9, 2011 The News Tribune – Tacoma teachers continue to push for contract

September 9, 2011 Weekly Volcano – Teachers and the Tacoma School District continue to spar, gender-divided classrooms get the axe at Jason Lee Middle School and more

September 8, 2011 The News Tribune – Tacoma teacher negotiations stretch another day

September 7, 2011 Tacoma teacher contract negotiations should be transparent – include teacher evaluations in staffing decisions

September 7, 2011 The News Tribune – Tacoma teachers union, district resume contract talks after break

September 4, 2011 The News Tribune: Peter Callaghan – Tacoma schools should follow Seattle, speak up on big issues

September 3, 2011 The Seattle Times: Editorial – Washington lawmakers should impose consequences for illegal school strikes

September 2, 2011 Weekly Volcano – No strike for teachers (no contract either), more on medical marijuana, and saying “no” to Wal-Mart

September 2, 2011 The News Tribune – School’s in session for now

September 1, 2011 KOMO News – Tacoma teachers: District letter derailed strike vote

September 1, 2011 The News Tribune – School starts in Tacoma; no labor talks scheduled

September 1, 2011 The News Tribune – Tacoma teachers do not approve strike; school starts today

September 1, 2011 KING 5 News – Tacoma teachers head back to class without contract

September 1, 2011 Q13 Fox News – Tacoma Public Schools start on schedule

September 1, 2011 The News Tribune – Tacoma schools don’t need a lecture from lawmakers

September 1, 2011 KPLU – Tacoma schools to start on time after teacher strike vote falls short

August 31, 2011 KIRO 7 Eyewitness News – Tacoma Teachers Won’t Strike; School Starts Thursday

August 31, 2011 KOMO News – Tacoma teachers’ strike vote comes up short, school starts Thursday

August 31, 2011 Q13 Fox News – Tacoma School District offers compromise; key issues still unresolved

August 31, 2011 KPLU – Tacoma teachers contract expires, is a strike next?

August 31, 2011 The News Tribune: Editorial – Tacoma school strike threatens unconscionable family distress

August 31, 2011 The News Tribune – Down to the wire: Teachers, parents talk

August 31, 2011 KING 5 News – Still no contract deal between Tacoma schools, teachers

August 31, 2011 KIRO 7 Eyewitness News – Tacoma Teachers’ Battle Continues As Contract Expires

August 31, 2011 KOMO News – Tacoma teacher contract negotiations go deep into the night

August 30, 2011 Q13 Fox News – Clock ticking as Tacoma schools strive to hammer out a deal

August 30, 2011 The News Tribune – Tacoma teachers watching, waiting on contract negotiations

August 30, 2011 KIRO 7 Eyewitness News – 2 Days Before School Starts, Tacoma Teachers On Verge Of Strike

August 30, 2011 KUOW – Tacoma And Bellevue Teachers Still In Talks As School Year Approaches

August 29, 2011 KOMO 4 News – Teachers mull options as vote nears

August 29, 2011 Q13 Fox News – Tacoma teachers and administrators still in negotiations

August 29, 2011 KPLU – Tacoma teacher contract talks stall, raising fears of strike

August 29, 2011 KING 5 News – Tacoma schools, teachers’ union in contract standoff

August 29, 2011 The News Tribune – Tacoma teacher negotiations to continue today

August 28, 2011 The News Tribune – Public invited to Tacoma Education Association forum

August 28, 2011 The News Tribune – Tacoma principals’ concession emerges in heat of teacher contract talks

August 26, 2011 The Seattle Times – Many teacher, school staff contracts still up in air

August 26, 2011 Weekly Volcano – Tacoma School District drama

August 26, 2011 Tacoma Weekly – Teachers rally at Tacoma School Board Meeting

August 26, 2011 KIRO 7 Eyewitness News – Tacoma Teacher Strike Looms, A Week Before Scheduled Start Of School

August 26, 2011 The News Tribune – Teachers, supporters plead their case to Tacoma School Board

August 25, 2011 KING 5 News – Hundreds show up to voice concerns over Tacoma teacher negotiations

August 25, 2011 Q13 Fox News – Tacoma School Board negotiations continue, teachers’ contract remains unresolved

August 25, 2011 Q13 Fox News – Tacoma teachers union and school district battle over contract

August 25, 2011 The News Tribune – Editorial: Tacoma schools must open on time next week

August 25, 2011 The News Tribune – All sides in teacher contract talks just doing their job

August 25, 2011 The News Tribune – Tacoma School District, union spar

August 24, 2011 Community to speak out at Tacoma school board meeting

August 24, 2011 Tacoma Weekly – Community to speak out at Tacoma School Board Meeting

August 24, 2011 Q13 Fox News – Tacoma School District, union deadlocked

August 24, 2011 The News Tribune – Tacoma Education Association responds to superintendent

August 24, 2011 The News Tribune – Tacoma superintendent “frustrated” in teacher contract talks

August 21, 2011 The News Tribune – Op-Ed – District feels urgency to resolve issues with teachers

August 20, 2011 The News Tribune – Will contract talks delay start of school?

August 17, 2011 MyNorthwest.com – Tacoma teachers, district at odds over contract

August 16, 2011 The News Tribune – Op-Ed: Tacoma teachers want a contract that puts needs of students first

August 15, 2011 KING 5 News – No teachers’ contract yet for Tacoma Public Schools

August 12, 2011 The News Tribune – Op-Ed: Tacoma Students Deserve More Than The Status Quo

August 11, 2011 The News Tribune – Editorial: Tacoma Schools Should Let Public in on Talks

August 9, 2011 School needs to start on time with student-focused contract

August 9, 2011 The News Tribune – Tacoma school district seeks help in contract negotiations

August 8, 2011 The News Tribune – Letter to the Editor: District Needs A Student-Centered Contract

July 29, 2011 Large Crowd Demands Support of Vibrant Schools Tacoma Coalition’s Platform at School Board Meeting

July 29, 2011 The News Tribune – Vibrant Schools members press Tacoma School Board on negotiations

July 22, 2011 The News Tribune – Letter to the Editor: What’s the status of teacher contract talks?

July 19, 2011 Will School Start on Time for Tacoma’s Students?

June 6, 2011 The News Tribune – Letters to the Editor: School Status Quo Isn’t Working

May 26, 2011 Weekly Volcano – Education in Tacoma

May 9, 2011 The News Tribune – Citizens’ voice belongs at the table in teacher negotiations

May 5, 2011 The News Tribune – A nudge toward transparency in school talks

April 29, 2011 The Tacoma News Tribune – A new voice in Tacoma’s teacher contract talks

April 29, 2011 The Tacoma News Tribune – A new player in teacher talks

April 28, 2011 The Tacoma News Tribune – A new voice in Tacoma’s teacher contract talks

April 28, 2011 Community coalition seeks increased support for teachers as part of Tacoma teacher union negotiations

April 26, 2011 The News Tribune – Coalition to Watch School Negotiations

April 26, 2011 The Bellingham Herald – Coalition to watch Tacoma school negotiations