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Seeking a seamless system

A goal of education reformers nationwide is a seamless system that encourages student success by creating easy connections between preschool programs, the K-12 schools and vocational or college options. A recent report comparing the seamlessness of different states (see accompanying story) published in Education Week shows that Washington is rated just above average in that […]

Comments invited regarding compensation, classification

The Department of Personnel (DOP) is inviting feedback on the draft rules covering classification and compensation now through Friday, Feb. 20. The draft rules are available online at http://hr.dop.wa.gov/hrreform, along with an overview of the new system and a comparison of the current rules to the proposed rules. A fourth group of draft class specifications […]

Job classification draft, contracting rules posted online

Some recent updates in the process of implementing the state of Washington’s new civil service reforms were announced in late December. The reform program — which will reduce the number of job classifications, reorganize salary ranges and change private contracting rules — involves feedback from the public. Several of the proposed changes are listed below. […]

Bargaining units and university plan negotiations

The push for civil service reform will be kicking into high gear in an effort to meet a state deadline requiring that general government agencies and the public universities provide completed collective bargaining agreements, ready for presentation to the Governor’s office by October 2004. At Washington State University, the three unions that represent bargaining units […]