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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.

Court K-12 sanctions

August 17, 2015 in In the News
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Statement by Washington Policy Center on Supreme Court's McCleary sanction order

August 14, 2015 in Blog

Today’s extreme and unprecedented ruling by the state Supreme Court will do nothing to improve education outcomes for Washington students.

Washington Policy Center agrees with state Attorney General Bob Ferguson that the unprecedented contempt sanctions should have been vacated after the historic investment from lawmakers in basic education this session.

Friday GMNW- 8/14 Eye on Olympia

August 14, 2015 in In the News
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Should Washington follow New Jersey's response to Court K-12 sanctions? Fuhgeddaboudit

August 14, 2015 in Blog

Yesterday the State Supreme Court in a 9-0 ruling took the unprecedented step of fining the state (i.e. taxpayers) for the Legislature's failure to adopt a detailed plan showing how lawmakers plan to meet certain K-12 funding goals by 2018.