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.

What's New

Union Dues Divert Education Funds from Schools

August 23, 2011 in In the News
The Snohomish Times
Source: 
The Snohomish Times
Date: 
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Education portal helps decipher school info

August 22, 2011 in In the News
The Seattle Times
Source: 
The Seattle Times
Date: 
Saturday, August 20, 2011

So much WA schools information, so little clarity

August 22, 2011 in In the News
The Daily News (Longview)
Source: 
The Daily News (Longview)
Date: 
Saturday, August 20, 2011

Common Core central planners strike again: “Let us tell you how to teach”

August 19, 2011 in Blog

Writers of the new Common Core standards are explaining to teachers they will have to change the questions they ask their students in order to comply with these new standards.  Only questions that keep the discussion on the text, say about the Gettysburg Address, are to be asked.  Teachers must not accept students’ responses based on their backgrounds and experiences, as this will allow the discussion to veer away from the text.  See “Standards writers wade into curriculum,” Education W

National Common Core standards will lower the quality of instruction in math, science and computer science and cost Washington state $300 million+++

August 15, 2011 in Blog

Last month Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn announced that Washington state has formally adopted the national Common Core curriculum standards.   These curriculum standards were developed by a national committee and describe what students in every state should learn in math and English, and soon in science.  Washington state was required to adopt these standards as a condition of  participating in the U.S Department of Education’s Race to the Top competition, where it placed 32 out of 36 competing states. 

Brilliant parody of Arne Duncan's attempt to take over Washington state schools

August 11, 2011 in Blog

Background: Arne Duncan is using Congress' failure to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to offer states waivers from NCLB in order to impose his Race to the Top vision upon states, including Washington. 

Blame centralized school funding formulas for overpaid superintendents, weak school principals and poor student results

August 9, 2011 in Blog

The Spokesman Review recently questioned the justifications offered by school officials for the very high pay of several school superintendents in the Spokane area.  Superintendent Nancy Stowell is paid $229,369 for leading the Spokane Public School District of 28,712 students, while Superintendent Polly Crowley receives $241,577 for leading the West Valley School District of 3,780 students. 

Union Dues Divert Education Funds from Schools

July 28, 2011 in Blog

Yesterday we published this four-page Policy Note:  Union Dues Divert Education Funds from Schools. Here are a few excerpts:

Key Findings