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New videos released on Washington charter schools

November 18, 2015 in Blog

Washington Policy Center has released two new, powerful videos revealing the reactions of parents, students and school leaders to the state supreme court’s ruling against their charter schools.

Andrew Cray, the father of a SOAR Academy student, is featured in this video:


Students, parents, Rep. Eric Pettigrew and other charter school community members explain why they want to keep their charter schools in this video:

November 17th conference will offer teachers Medal of Honor lesson plans in personal bravery and self-sacrifice

November 4, 2015 in Blog

On Tuesday, November 17, the Medal of Honor Character Development program is holding a free teacher training conference in character development at the Talaris Conference Center in Seattle, details here. All middle and high school teachers, and counselors, coaches and administrators are invited to attend.

What has the Seattle School Board done with $753 million?

October 27, 2015 in Blog

A couple of weeks ago, Brian and Anna Jones, Seattle public school parents, donated $70,000 of their own money to Alki Elementary School to keep a popular teacher from being transferred. The Joneses learned that the Seattle school board wants to abruptly reassign 25 teachers, and they heroically stepped forward to help one school.

"The Cartel" documentary and school finance are topics for discussion Tuesday evening at University of Washington

October 22, 2015 in Blog

Professor Thomas Halverson, director of UW’s Master in Education Policy program, has created a free film series and public forum to discuss important education policy issues. School finance is the subject for Tuesday, October 27, at 6:00-8:00 pm, Smith Hall 120. The award-winning film documentary The Cartel will be shown, followed by a discussion of the movie. I am one of the panel members. 

Has the state Supreme Court ever reversed one of its opinions?

September 22, 2015 in Blog

The state Supreme Court has granted a request to extend the deadline to October 23 for motions for reconsideration for its highly controversial 6-3 charter school ruling. The Attorney General, however, still plans to file his motion on Septemb

Seven state Supreme Court judges accepted WEA union campaign money

September 9, 2015 in Blog

As public schools in Washington experience turmoil (as The New York Times puts it), due to recent court decisions, Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat points to what he says may be one source of the problem – campaign donations from special interests to state judges.

Why are our public schools hit by strikes every year?

August 27, 2015 in Blog

As the days grow shorter and the nights grow cooler, families across Washington prepare for a yearly ritual, getting kids ready to go back to school.  And too many families have to prepare for a different ritual – when a union-led teacher strike hits their local school.

As predictably as the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, teacher strikes close schools in parts of Washington each year with depressing regularity.