Erica already published a Jolt this morning (a city study on paid sick leave sheds negative light on the business spin against a full-on $15 minimum wage). 

But a few more bolts have struck today ... at the state level. 

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1. Jayapal endorsed by incumbent Kline and by King County Exec Constantine

First, Southeast Seattle state senate candidate Pramila Jayapal, the former director of civil rights group OneAmerica, scored two impressive endorsements today. The incumbent, longtime state Sen. Adam Kline (D-37, Southeast Seattle), who's retiring, came out for Jayapal along with popular Democratic King County Executive Dow Constantine.

We already identified Jayapal's campaign, which disclosure records show has raised $60,000 (she says $80,000), as a juggernaut in Fizz last week—she's already been endorsed by everyone from Mayor Ed Murray to lefty labor unions like the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 21 and the hotel and restaurant workers union UNITE HERE Local 8. Today's two additional bigwig endorsements confirm her formidable status.

One candidate, former U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott aide and lefty lawyer Rory O'Sullivan, dropped out last week, while two of the remaining candidates, Japanese-American activist Louis Watanabe and NACCP leader Sheley Secrest—both seemingly better fits for the multicultural district than O'Sullivan—are trailing far behind Jayapal, who was born in India, in cash and big-name support.

District resident and Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell, who's half-Japanese-American and half African-American, has endorsed Watanabe, but council members Tim Burgess, Sally Clark, Mike O'Brien, and Tom Rasmussen—a good representation of the council's political spectrum—have endorsed Jayapal.

Sen. Kline said today: “Having worked with Pramila Jayapal for 15 years on issues close to the heart of the 37th District, I am impressed by her passion for the rights of the under-served, by her intelligence, by her ability to listen, and by her hard work.  I look forward to seeing her take her place in the Senate.”

2. Oregon teachers' union, state, and school administrators reach deal on teacher evaluations while the same issue stalls in WA state.

Just a little compare and contrast assignment here.

The teachers' union didn't like the tweak because it would have required that statewide student test scores be used as part of teacher evaluations.

Faced with losing a waiver from meeting federal education standards—and as a result, putting $40 million in Obama Department of Education dollars at risk of being funneled out of district classrooms and into private programs—the Washington state legislature failed earlier this year to pass a bill to tweak teacher evaluation standards that would have secured the waiver.

The teachers' union didn't like the tweak because it would have required that statewide student test scores be used as part of teacher evaluations.

Face with the same "high risk" status of losing the waiver from the feds as Washington, Oregon's warring parties, the unions and the schools, were able to work out a deal.

The Oregonian reported last night:

Oregon has settled on an approach to evaluating teachers based in part their students' test score gains, officials announced Monday.

Days ahead of a May 1 deadline to convince the U.S. Department of Education that Oregon is meeting a federal requirement to use student test scores in teacher evaluations, the Oregon Department of Education, the state school administrators group and the state teachers union announced Monday they have agreed on a plan they think will work.

It's not 100 percent clear that Washington will lose the money, but a Democratic Hail Mary call for Sen. Patty Murray to save the day—after Democratic education leader Sen. Rosemary McAulifffe (D-1, Bothell) reversed course on the bill under pressure from the union—is fading fast.

Gov. Inslee spokeswoman Jaime Smith tells Jolt they have nothing new to report.

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