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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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Will the state Supreme Court Jump the Shark?

September 11, 2014 in Blog

Responding to today's unanimous contempt order against the Legislature by the State Supreme Court Governor Inslee said: "This unprecedented action by the Supreme Court is a critical moment in our history."

Everything about this statement is true. Not only is the Court's contempt order against a co-equal branch of government unprecedented but what may come next could lead to a doomsday scenario against voters.

Superintendent Dorn changes stance on charter schools

September 11, 2014 in Blog

Superintendent Randy Dorn, who has long opposed charter schools and campaigned against the 2012 voter-approved measure that ended the state ban on charters, now cites them among important education reforms enacted in recent years.

Why are local schools short of money when school district budgets are going up?

September 5, 2014 in Blog

A mom in Seattle contacted me recently and asked how much money her children’s school, Blaine K-8, receives from the Seattle School District.  I looked it up and we were both stunned to discover how little funding, barely half, reaches a typical neighborhood school out of the central budget.

Many people wonder how education budgets can keep rising while local schools remain chronically short of money, so thought I would share my findings with my readers.

WA’s first charter school opens – WEA would stop it if they could

September 4, 2014 in In the News
Smarter Government Washington
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Smarter Government Washington
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

First charter school opens in Washington state

September 3, 2014 in Blog

Will serve 96 low-income and homeless children in central Seattle

I-1351- MORE UNFUNDED MANDATES

September 2, 2014 in In the News
KCGOP
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KCGOP
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Thursday, August 28, 2014