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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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Attorney General says State Superintendent Dorn has gone astray with his plan to shut down government

July 31, 2015 in Blog

Today the state Attorney General filed the state’s answer to Superintendent Randy Dorn’s brief to the state Supreme Court in the McCleary case, adding to the post-legislative-session reports to the Court about school funding. The AG sharply criticizes the Superintendent’s plan to shut down government, pointing out Dorn’s plan would cause children to go hungry:

New state budget to spend $2.9 billion more on public schools; 19 percent increase is one of largest in state history

July 28, 2015 in Publications

After six months of debate, and convening three Special Sessions, lawmakers in Olympia finally reached agreement on a state budget for 2015-17. The new budget will increase spending on K-12 public schools from the current $15.26 billion to $18.15 billion, an increase of 19 percent. Lawmakers achieved this large rise in spending with the natural increase in current revenues, without imposing new taxes on Washington families and business owners.

2014 Achievement Index

The Washington State Public School Achievement Index rates the quality of more than 2,000 public schools across the state. The Index is based on the State Board of Education's Achievement Index for the school year 2013-14, accessible here.

Lawmakers, in strong response to McCleary ruling, vote historic levels of funding for public schools

July 20, 2015 in Blog

In a recent Facebook post, education policy leader Rep. Chad Magendanz (R-Issaquah) noted that state supreme court justices may soon decide to impose a punishment on him and fellow lawmakers for failing to fund public schools.  He asks readers, “What do you feel might be appropriate sanctions for the Court to impose at this point?”