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WPC's Center for Education conducts objective research and makes practical policy recommendations to improve Washington State's ability to carry out its paramount duty to educate every child within its borders.

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Governor Cuomo on teachers union—“Don’t say you represent students”

January 28, 2015 in Blog

In a meeting with editorial writers last week, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo critiqued the role of powerful teachers unions in our public education system. He said teachers unions represent themselves, not students.

Senate adopts remote testimony rules - work session from Tri-Cities February 4

January 27, 2015 in Blog

The Senate Facilities and Operations Committee has officially adopted rules for the use of remote testimony during the 2015 Legislative Session. As adopted by the F&O Committee:

SENATE REMOTE TESTIMONY PILOT PROJECT

NFIB/WA Small Business Day at the Capitol

January 20, 2015 in Events
Date: 
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Time: 
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Place: 
Governor Hotel
621 Capitol Way S
Olympia, WA

WPC to co-present the NFIB WA Small Business Day at the Capitol.


Respected former Democratic senator recommends review of “basic education” definition

January 5, 2015 in Blog

Over the holidays, respected former state senator Jim Kastama (D-Puyallup), who served from 1996 to 2012, wrote in The Seattle Times about being misled when he voted for ESHB 2261, the hugely complex bill that redefined “basic education” and called for massive increases in funding, but included no significant reforms in the way education services are delivered.

Does Washington rank 41st, 30th, 22nd or 6th in education? It depends on how you count

December 4, 2014 in Blog

As lawmakers prepare for the upcoming legislative session in Olympia, there is a lot of debate about where our state ranks in education spending.  As an analyst, I know this all depends on what metric a lawmaker uses, and the metric chosen often depends on whether the lawmaker wants to increase taxes.  A poor ranking makes it appear that more spending and a heavier tax burden are urgently needed.