Washington Policy Center held a private reception with WPC board members and other key supporters on Thursday, March 26th in Bellevue. WPC’s research center directors discussed the issues being debated in Olympia as we entered the homestretch of our state’s Legislative Session. Topics included the state budget shortfall, transportation, small business issues, education and the environment.
Watch the videos:
Introduction by WPC President Dann Mead Smith
Washington Policy Center held our third annual reception in Palm Springs. This year’s event, hosted by WPC and WPC board member Dave Maryatt, featured Stephen Moore.
CityClub's Education Series, Co-Presented by WPC: A Conversation with Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn
In November, voters elected Randy Dorn for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, replacing 12 year Superintendent Terry Bergeson in a race that has become widely viewed as a directive for changes in the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL). How does Dorn see his leadership style and how has he been approaching the transition? Those questions were answered by the new Superintendent at this event.
WPC's Center for the Environment held a lunch briefing on environmental issues facing our state this upcoming legislative session. Todd Myers, director of the Center for the Environment, led the briefing, covering:
- Climate change policy options
- 2009 Agenda for Effective Environmental Stewardship
- Green-collar jobs
During this lunch event each center's research director gave an overview of our latest research and analysis on the key issues facing legislators this Session.
Michael Ennis was the key note speaker discussing Five Principles of Responsible Transportation Policy. He also moderated a panel on transportation issues.
On Thursday, January 22, 2009, WPC's Center for Education held its formal kick-off event in Seattle. The event featured Professor Bill Ouchi (pronounced "OH-chi") of the Anderson School of Management UCLA, an expert in organizational design and a pioneer in the empirical study of K-12 public school management. His book,Making Schools Work (Simon and Schuster), which examined the management of six large urban school districts, found that those districts which allowed principals to control their budgets were able to significantly raise student achievement. He is currently at work on his next book, The Secret of Total Student Load, to be published by Simon and Schuster in the fall of 2009.
The Federalist Leadership Center teaches leadership courses nationwide based on the federalist ideas of America's Founders and held a half-day school in Olympia for college students and young activists. The school, co-sponsored by Washington Policy Center, was conducted by Professor Donald Devine, Ronald Reagan's head of the civil service when they cut 100,000 bureaucratic jobs and saved over $6 billion reducing bloated benefits. Devine, the former CEO of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, is director of the Federalist Leadership Center and professor at Bellevue University.
Over the past several weeks Washington Policy Center has held Small Business Forums in Spokane, Tri-Cities, Bellevue, Wenatchee, Tacoma, and Vancouver. We've been holding these forums for three years and 2008 brought the most participants ever!
The Puget Sound Lawyers Chapter of The Federalist Society and Washington Policy Center presented a panel discussion on the economic bail-out.
Dr. John Lott, Senior Research Scientist, University of Maryland Foundation,
Dr. Alan Hess, Professor of Finance and Business Economics, University of Washington,
Dr. Mike Siegel, long-time Seattle talk-radio host as moderator