Education

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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Where the money goes in public education

April 28, 2015 in Publications

Download a PDF of this Policy Note with sources and citations here. 

Superintendents command top salaries while teachers and classrooms go short

Introduction

How much do teachers make? (Hint – the statewide average including benefits is $83,000)

April 27, 2015 in Blog

Executives with the state’s powerful Washington Education Association (WEA) union announced last week they plan to expand school closings by calling a strike for May 6th in the Lake Washington district, bringing to eleven the number of school districts subject to union action. The latest announcement will empty classrooms for the day of about 25,760 students, increasing to 70,000 the number of students affected by shuttered public schools.

Are teacher strikes illegal? See RCW 41.56.120

April 23, 2015 in Blog

Parents in Arlington scrambled yesterday to make alternative arrangements for their children as a strike called by teacher union executives closed local public schools.  Union leaders in Conway and Anacortes also announced plans to strike, bringing to ten the number of districts where local schools closed to students.

Reminder: Teacher strikes are illegal in Washington

April 21, 2015 in In the News
Smarter Government Washington
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Smarter Government Washington
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Union strikes seek to close schools to 40,000 students in eight districts

April 21, 2015 in Blog

Union executives in eight Washington public school districts have called for strikes starting this week in an effort to pressure lawmakers in Olympia to direct more money to increases in teacher pay and benefits. The call was affirmed by votes of union membership.

Bill would provide families $5,000 a year for education

April 17, 2015 in Publications

Download a PDF of this Opinion/Editorial here.

“You just want to see your child succeed, you just want to see them do well...”
-Katie Swingle, school choice advocate and public school parent