Education

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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Seattle School District's budget increases by $11 million, yet officials claim $45.5 million in "budget cuts"

July 11, 2011 in Blog

Last week the Seattle School District announced its new 2011-12 budget of $577 million as requiring $45.5 million in cuts.  To make this "budget cut" claim, the announcement relies on public ignorance of last year's budget number.  No where in this announcement can a reader find any reference to last year's budget number.&nbs

Oregon gives Governor complete control over education policy

June 28, 2011 in Blog

Last week the Oregon legislature voted to abolish the elected office of superintendent of public instruction and hand the job back to the governor.  Because the governor was originally Oregon's school superintendent, a 1997 Attorney General's opinion says the Oregon legislature can convert this elected position back to an appointed one.

Oregon's governor will also lead a new education superboard that oversees spending and policy for every grade level.

Comparing new education reform laws in Illinois and Indiana

June 24, 2011 in Blog

I’ve been reading the new Illinois education reform bill (111 pages) and Indiana’s new bill (27 pages), and came up with the following summary.

Illinois' Senate Bill 7 makes these positive changes to existing Illinois law:

1) Layoff and recall decisions will be determined first by qualifications and certifications, then performance evaluations and then seniority.

The Not So "Cool School" Initiative

June 20, 2011 in In the News
Oregon Catalyst
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Oregon Catalyst
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Monday, June 20, 2011

The Not So "Cool School" Initiative

June 15, 2011 in In the News
Cascade Policy Institute
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Cascade Policy Institute
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Schools built under the new "green building" law are less energy efficient than non-green buildings AND students do more poorly in them?

June 10, 2011 in In the News
The Ross & Burbank Show (KIRO 97.3)
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The Ross & Burbank Show (KIRO 97.3)
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Friday, June 10, 2011

'Green' Schools Fail to Make the Grade: State Building Rules Do Not Raise Student Test Scores

June 8, 2011 in Publications

Introduction

Six years ago, the Washington state legislature passed legislation requiring that all new schools in the state meet “green” buildings standards, known as the Washington State Sustainable Schools Protocol. The law’s backers promised a range of benefits, including significant energy savings and healthier buildings.

Governor Gregoire appears today at Cleveland High, but education reform still eludes our state

June 6, 2011 in Blog

Today Governor Christine Gregoire travels to Cleveland High in Seattle to sign three bills related to higher education.  She will tell Cleveland’s mostly poor and minority students that they can expect to receive scholarship help if they make it to college.  However, she will not tell them she recently blocked reforms to keep the best young teachers in their schools, teachers who could help students beat the one in three chance they will not even graduate high school, much less go to college.

Are Unions a Benefit or Obstacle to the Education of Children?

June 6, 2011 in In the News
Insider Online (Heritage Foundation)
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Insider Online (Heritage Foundation)
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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Online Classes Reach More Students, So Why Are Washington Public Schools So Far Behind the Curve?

June 3, 2011 in Publications

Seattle Business Magazine published this column June 1, 2011.