During last year’s political campaign against charter schools, Initiative 1240 opponents never tired of citing a single academic study, released in 2009 by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), showing less-than-stellar results for some charter schools.
The Supreme Court today devoted most of its session to discussing the new limits ObamaCare's individual mandate would impose on personal freedom, but often overlooked is the disruption the mandate would create in the relationship between the citizens of the states and their federal government.
PubliCola's Morning Fizz reports today on an e-mail from venture capitalist, high-dollar investor and major Democratic donor Nick Hanauer in which he expresses his thoughts, and frustrations, about the need for education reform in our state.
Folks at Seattle Families Against Prop. 1 have created a tax calculator based on public records information from the King County Assessor’s office. A Seattle ballot proposal would double the cost of the Families and Education Levy, an extra funding program that has been in place since 1990.
The calculator lets you type in your street address and it tells you how much you’ll pay in additional taxes over the life of the new Levy. Here’s what Levy opponents say about it:
Those of us who believe that free-market principles can inspire policies that serve the public interest, reduce taxes, enhance citizen freedom and make government leaner and more efficient are often falsely labeled as corporate shills, fronts for big business and worse. That’s why it would be so amusing, if it weren’t so tragic, to read about the City of Glendale’s assault on our colleagues at the free-market Goldwater Institute in Arizona.
As a concerned parent of children in Seattle public schools, I see first hand the caring and professional way classroom teachers work to educate all their students. As a public policy researcher, what I see is a lack of resources and support in the classroom, compared to the District’s half-billion dollar annual budget. Seattle spends almost $13,000 a year per student, one of the highest levels in the country, yet only 59 cents of every education dollar reaches the classroom, and during layoffs union executives require the youngest and brightest teachers to be fired first.
In a recent columnSeattle Times business columnist Jon Talton criticizes Amazon for “seeking the most favorable tax environment to boost profits,” accusing the Seattle-based online retailer of “gaming the tax system” He says Washington companies like Amazon and Boeing have a social obligation to pay higher taxes to help pay for public services like infrastructure, education, parks and other public amenities. As I read the column two thoughts occurred to me.
King County Executive Dow Constantine’s Communications Director Frank Abe says it is misleading for me to praise Constantine’s ingenuity and determination in finding a way to buy the gravel mine on Maury Island while at the same time saying he is stumped when it comes to finding a way to fund core public safety programs. Abe’s mistake is saying I said Constantine should use the funding he so skillfu