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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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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).

Democrats voice opposition to WEA union’s class-size initiative, I-1351

September 19, 2014 in Blog

In a surprise move Tuesday, the 43rd District Democrats in Seattle refused to endorse the Washington Education Association union's class-size ballot measure, Initiative 1351. State senator Jamie Pedersen (D-43, Capitol Hill) spoke against the measure, warning it would hurt legislative efforts to fund the schools in response to the McCleary decision.

I-1351 is about increasing the number of dues-paying WEA members

September 19, 2014 in In the News
Smarter Government Washington
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Smarter Government Washington
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Business Talks

September 19, 2014 in In the News
KJRB 790
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KJRB 790
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014