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Class Warfare

October 14, 2014 in In the News
Inlander
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Inlander
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

How schools can reduce class sizes without increasing taxes

October 7, 2014 in Blog

A lot of false claims are being made these days about school funding and class sizes. Supporters of Initiative 1351, the class-size reduction initiative, say Washington’s schools do not have enough adults on staff to provide smaller class sizes. They want to increase the number adults paid by public schools by creating 25,561 new staff positions.

More Democrats voice opposition to WEA union initiative

October 1, 2014 in Blog

In a growing trend, more Democrats are expressing doubt and skepticism about Initiative 1351, the class size reduction initiative put on the November ballot by executives at the powerful teachers union, the Washington Education Association (WEA).

Citizens Guide to Initiative 1351: To Reduce Class Sizes

September 25, 2014 in Blog

To help voters understand the class size reduction initiative on the November ballot, Washington Policy Center has just published a new study, “Citizens Guide to Initiative 1351: To Reduce Class Sizes.”   

Class size mandates force schools to put classes in libraries, gyms and portables

September 24, 2014 in Blog

KOMO News Radio reported yesterday that Evergreen Heights Elementary in Auburn is having trouble meeting the legislature’s mandate to reduce class sizes. The school does not have the room. The school’s principal has instead been forced to put classes in the library, the gym and in a new portable. The library is now off-limits to students during class time. The gym has been divided into two classes, so students will no longer be able to take gym classes inside.

Free pre-K: Strong early gains, but long-term questions

September 22, 2014 in In the News
The Seattle Times
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The Seattle Times
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Monday, September 22, 2014

I-1351 will raise your taxes

September 22, 2014 in In the News
Smarter Government Washington
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Smarter Government Washington
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Citizens' Guide to Initiative 1351: To Reduce Class Sizes

September 22, 2014 in Publications

This is a summary of an in-depth study, "Citizens' Guide to Initiative 1351: to reduce class sizes," available here (and includes sources and citations).