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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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Discovery Institute's Book Party Luncheon (co-presented by WPC)

October 16, 2014 in Events
Date: 
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Time: 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Place: 
Discovery Institute
208 Columbia St.
Seattle

Book Party Luncheon for “Every School: One Citizen’s Guide to Transforming Education”

co-presented by WPC.

Why Initiative 1351 will not improve learning for school children

October 15, 2014 in Blog

Initiative 1351, the ballot measure on class sizes, will bring new profits to the powerful WEA union because all new teachers will be forced to pay about $1,000 a year in dues as a condition of employment.  Overall the measure represents a $7.4 million windfall for the union, every year.

At the same time, I-1351 would do little to improve learning for Washington’s school children. 

Here’s why:

Democratic party statement wrong about Initiative 1351 endorsements

October 15, 2014 in Blog

A statement released Saturday by the Washington state Democratic Party falsely describes the political support behind Initiative 1351, the unfunded ballot measure intended to reduce class sizes.

The statement says “As Democrats, we are united” in supporting strong schools and educational opportunities then adds in bold lettering,  “That’s why Democrats support Initiative 1351 to reduce class size for every child, in every grade.”

I-1351: Proposal would cut class sizes, cost billions

October 14, 2014 in In the News
The Seattle Times
Source: 
The Seattle Times
Date: 
Saturday, October 11, 2014

Class Warfare

October 14, 2014 in In the News
Inlander
Source: 
Inlander
Date: 
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.”