Carleen Johnson

Carleen Johnson is The Center Square’s Washington state government reporter. She has 30 years of experience in broadcast journalism in the Puget Sound region, including being a traffic reporter…

Court to hear legal challenge to new WA Parents Bill of Rights next week

(The Center Square) – A King County Superior Court judge will next week hear arguments in a lawsuit over the new parent’s bill of rights, adopted by lawmakers from citizen… Read More

June 14, 2024
Controversial ‘inclusive’ curriculum now required for WA school districts

(The Center Square) – Public schools in Washington must now teach students about the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community and their perspectives. SB-5462 states it is intended… Read More

June 10, 2024
State superintendent tells Washington school districts to ignore Parents Bill of Rights law

(The Center Square) – A new parents bill of rights took effect Thursday in Washington, but State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal is telling school districts to ignore it. Read More

June 7, 2024
Public Education
Washington taxpayers to pay more for school meals as program expands

(The Center Square) – More school districts across Washington are providing free school meals for students, both breakfast and lunch, at no cost to families. Other districts will be providing meals… Read More

April 25, 2024
Washington parents denied foster care license sue state over gender ideology

(The Center Square) – After nine years serving as foster parents in Washington state, Shane and Jennifer DeGross say they have lost their foster care license because of their religious… Read More

April 4, 2024