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Latest McCleary order may be repeating the failures of the 1970s Doran decision

April 21, 2014 in Blog

In January, the state Supreme Court handed down a new order in the 2012 McCleary case that reads almost like a line-by-line budget, as I wrote here. This 2014 order represents a significant shift in approach compared with the court’s original McCleary decision, which held that the Legislature had not fully funded education.

Local View: Pay for state’s public school teachers has increased

April 18, 2014 in In the News
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Exaggerating the evidence on class size

April 11, 2014 in Blog

On Wednesday, Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn announced support for the teacher union's new class size reduction initiative, I-1351. The union hopes to gather enough signatures to put this initiative before the voters this November. Superintendent Dorn said:

“Reducing class sizes is key to improving student learning, particularly with at-risk students. That, in turn, will improve graduation rates.” 

WPC Eastern Washington Education Breakfast: Introducing Eastern Washington’s First Public Charter School

April 8, 2014 in Events
Date: 
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
Time: 
7:15 am - 8:30 am
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The Davenport Hotel's Marie Antoinette Ballroom
10 S Post St
Spokane, WA 99201

Watch coverage of WPC's Eastern Washington Education Breakfast
online by clicking here. 

As part of WPC’s Health and Education Series, the Eastern Washington Education Breakfast featured some of the state’s top educational leaders, giving attendees a behind the scenes look at the effort to bring Eastern Washington its first public charter school. From the district office to the classroom, attendees heard how some of our local children’s lives will be forever changed for the better by the decision of Washington voters to open public charter schools. This informative event attracted hundreds of educators, political leaders, small business owners and citizens who learned about and support education advancements for children in Eastern Washington. 

Public school administrator blames voters for public school failures

April 2, 2014 in Blog

Bill Keim, Executive Director of the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), blames the people of Washington for the failures of public schools that are run by the members of his Association (“It’s time for voters to get serious about school funding,The Seattle Times’ Education Lab).

Legal analysis: Constitutional implications of Washington Supreme Court's remedy in McCleary vs. State

April 2, 2014 in Publications

Introduction

Washington Policy Center recently asked Judge Phil Talmadge to review the state supreme court’s January 2012 decision in McCleary v. State of Washington. Judge Talmadge served as a supreme court justice from 1995 to 2001 and was a state senator representing West Seattle from 1979 to 1995.

Where is the 2012-13 School Achievement Index?

March 31, 2014 in Blog

It is March 31st and the Washington State Board of Education has still not released the School Achievement Index for 2012-13.

This is unusual.  The State Board of Education usually releases the new Index to parents and the general public early in the year, normally near the end of January.  Now the Index is two months late.