RaeLynn Ricarte

RaeLynn Ricarte is the author of two books and an award-winning editor and reporter with more than 25 years in the newsroom. She now covers government in Eastern Washington for The Center Square.

Public Education
Kennewick school district to finalize policy giving American flag preference

(The Center Square) โ€“ The Kennewick School Board is expected to finalize a policy in January that limits the size, number and placement of all flags but the American flag. Read More

December 29, 2022
Washington state school director who bucked masking announces candidacy for governor

(The Center Square) โ€“ A Richland school board director fighting a recall effort has announced his candidacy for the 2024 Washington gubernatorial race. If elected, Misipati โ€œSemiโ€ Bird, who distinguishes… Read More

November 15, 2022
Public Education
Washington school district nixes proposals to limit CRT, gender identity

(The Center Square) โ€“ The Mead School District has chosen not to move forward on proposals to ban Critical Race Theory instruction and gender studies materials from elementary libraries. Nearly… Read More

September 14, 2022
Public Education
Spokane-area school district explores limits on CRT, general identity lessons

(The Center Square) โ€“ The Mead School District will review proposals on Monday, Aug. 15, to exclude Critical Race Theory and gender identity lessons from classrooms and focus civics education… Read More

August 16, 2022
Spokane council passes ‘divisive’ pro-abortion resolution

(The Center Square) โ€“ The Spokane City Council has approved a resolution that bars employees, including police officers, from assisting in investigations or the prosecution of abortion patients or providers. Read More

July 27, 2022