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The surprising and growing opposition to Initiative 1351

October 22, 2014 in Blog

It’s widely assumed that Initiative 1351, the ballot measure that purports to reduce class sizes, will pass by a wide margin.  The initiative title has bumper-sticker attractiveness, it faces no organized opposition, and executives at the powerful WEA and other unions are putting $3.5 million of their members’ dues money behind it. (In Washington, teachers must pay the union as a condition of employment.) 

Halt turnover in school administration to improve education

October 22, 2014 in In the News
The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Initiative 1351 is like voting for puppies and apple pie

October 21, 2014 in Blog

Backers of Initiative 1351 are asking voters to support reduced class sizes without providing a way to pay for it.  Smaller class sizes without higher taxes – who wouldn’t be for that?  As one skeptic quipped, it’s like asking people to vote for puppies and apple pie. 

WPC debates Initiative 1351 on TVW's Inside Olympia

October 20, 2014 in Blog

Watch below as WPC's Education Director, Liv Finne, debates Initiative 1351 on TVW's Inside Olympia.

Room to shrink

October 20, 2014 in In the News
The Spokesman Review
The Spokesman Review
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Do class sizes matter?

October 16, 2014 in In the News
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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

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

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: