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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Sometimes, you have to say ‘no’: Aug. 17 is the time

July 19, 2010 in In the News
Bothell/Kenmore Reporter
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Bothell/Kenmore Reporter
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Key Facts about Edmonds Public Schools

July 14, 2010 in Publications

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.

Washington schools can retain teachers and other employees without a second federal bail-out

July 10, 2010 in Blog

Friday the Seattle Times reported that Arne Duncan visited Seattle, pushing a second Congressional bailout for schools, this time for $10 billion (last time it was for around $100 billion).  He says that in many places, school districts have been trimming teacher positions for five or six years in a row.

State auditor finds that Seattle School District has placed public resources at risk

July 6, 2010 in Blog

The State Auditor's office released its audit of the Seattle School District of June 21, 2010.  Here is a quick summary of its findings:

1. The District is not recording meeting minutes and making them public, in violation of the law.

Key Facts about Washington Public Schools: 2009-2010

June 30, 2010 in Publications

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.

A Short History of Collective Bargaining in Washington Public Schools

June 30, 2010 in Publications

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.

Public Schools Have Ample Funding, So Where Does the Money Go?

June 28, 2010 in Publications

This op-ed appeared June 27, 2010 as part of WPC's monthly column by Paul Guppy in The Spokesman-Review

Public schools not underfunded

June 27, 2010 in In the News
Spokesman Review (Spokane)
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Spokesman Review (Spokane)
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Sunday, June 27, 2010