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Special Ed Lawsuit, Immigration Perceptions, And Bacteria Beach

Guy Nelson
06/22/2010 at 12:00 p.m.

State Supreme Court Hears Special Ed Lawsuit: The Washington Supreme Court hears arguments today about how the state funds special education. A coalition of districts has banded together to sue the state over the issue. They say Washington doesn't put enough money towards the programs, unconstitutionally forcing districts to spend local money.

Northwest Perceptions About Immigration Not Always Based On Facts: A new public radio survey shows a majority of Northwest residents believes illegal immigrants take away jobs from native–born Americans. Is that perception based on fact? Some experts say, right or wrong, people's beliefs are sometimes driven by their fears about their own economic well–being. Correspondent Doug Nadvornick has more on our latest public radio poll.

Bacteria Beach: An environmental group reports high levels of fecal coliform bacteria in a small creek where kids play at Golden Gardens Park. They say the samples had up to 10 times the highest allowable levels for public health. We take a closer look.


Jake Kupor is chief financial officer for the Issaquah School District.

Abigail McCarthy is the Seattle environmental campaign chair with Surfrider, a national environmental advocacy group that focuses on cleaning up beaches and oceans.

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