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WEA union says losing federal funds is OK, because school districts have “huge amount of money”

March 11, 2014 in Blog

The Olympian reports today on the conflict between the federal government and Washington lawmakers over Washington’s teacher evaluation law.

How much of proposed teacher COLA would be directed to union bank accounts?

March 7, 2014 in Blog

On March 4, the House amended the Senate supplemental budget bill, SB 6002, to add a $51.2 million appropriation to be sent to school districts as a teacher Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).  The Senate-passed budget does not make this appropriation, so budget negotiators in Olympia will have to hammer out this and other differences before the session ends next week.  

Economists at Beacon Hill Institute respond to Rep. Ross Hunter’s criticism of economic model

March 6, 2014 in Blog

Economists at the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in Boston have responded to Rep. Ross Hunter’s recent criticism of their economic model.  The model analyzed the impact on Washington residents of Superintendent Dorn’s proposal to increase the state sales tax and state property taxes.  Economic results show that Superintendent Dorn’s plan to increase taxes by $7.5 billion would hurt working families and weaken the economy by costing 18,500 jobs.  Rep. Hunter dismissed the finding as “unlikely to say anything interesting” and “not trustworthy.”

Economic model shows Superintendent Dorn’s proposed tax increases would cost 18,500 jobs

March 3, 2014 in Publications

Key Findings

Average teacher pay increases every year

February 25, 2014 in Blog

Over at Cross Cut yesterday, John Stang provides a description of the Senate’s proposed supplemental budget.  His reporting suggests teachers will not be receiving pay increases, noting “Sorry,Teachers,” and “no cost-of-living raise for teachers.”

By describing just one type of teacher pay increase, the Cost of Living Adjustment, the article gives the impression that teachers haven’t received any pay increases. 

Eagle Forum annual dinner

February 21, 2014 in In the News
The Islands' Sounder
The Islands' Sounder
Friday, February 21, 2014

Eagle Forum Plans Dinner, Annual Meeting

February 20, 2014 in In the News
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Orcas News
Sunday, February 16, 2014

Does Increased Spending Make for Better Education? New Studies Say No

February 18, 2014 in In the News
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News Talk 870 AM KFLD
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Does increasing public school spending improve learning outcomes for children?

February 11, 2014 in Publications

Key Findings

  • Public school spending between 1990 and 2013 increased by 28%, adjusted for inflation, while graduation rates and academic outcomes remained flat.
  • Public school graduation rate in 1990 was 76%, in 2013 it was 77%.
  • Trend data on academic outcomes for Washington state public school students has remained largely unchanged for years.

Research question: Does more education spending improve outcomes for students?