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.
Liv Finne, Director, Center for Education, July, 2010
The people of Washington are generous in funding our public schools, and by any reasonable measure public education in the state receives ample funding. Education budgets are at historic highs, and per-pupil spending in Washington state is about $10,100 a year, the highest level ever. Yet because of restrictive work rules and a multi-layered bureaucracy, only 59 cents of every education dollar reaches the classroom, and public school students continue to lag in academic achievement.
Liv Finne, Director, WPC’s Center for Education, June, 2010
Powerful public-sector unions strongly influence public education today, but it was not always that way. At one time the principal was the primary manager and education leader in each public school, similar to the way private schools are managed now.
Vice President for Research
This op-ed appeared June 27, 2010 as part of WPC's monthly column by Paul Guppy in The Spokesman-Review