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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All-Day Kindergarten To Stay In Yakima

March 8, 2011 in In the News
KIMA News
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KIMA News
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Monday, March 7, 2011

Online Learning in Washington State

March 7, 2011 in Publications

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Key Facts about Walla Walla Public Schools

March 3, 2011 in Publications

New research released by Washington Policy Center, a non-partisan public policy research think tank based in Seattle, provides key facts for the Walla Walla School District. Education budgets in Washington State are at historic highs, reaching $10,200 per student statewide.  Average teacher pay in Walla Walla is $60,215 for a ten-month work year. 26 Walla Walla public school employees receive more than $100,000 a year.

Key Facts about Tacoma Public Schools

March 3, 2011 in Publications

New research released by Washington Policy Center, a non-partisan public policy research think tank based in Seattle, provides key facts for the Tacoma School District. Education budgets in Washington State are at historic highs, reaching $10,200 per student statewide. Average teacher pay in this area is $65,597 for a ten-month work year. 112 Tacoma public school employees receive more than $100,000 a year.

Bill Gates provides guideposts for nation's governors on education: effective teachers, larger class sizes, charter public schools and no furlough days

March 2, 2011 in Blog

Bill Gates, in Monday’s speech before the National Governor’s Association, offered practical policy changes to improve education within existing revenues.  Mr. Gates’ recommendations echo research and recommendations for improving education from Washington Policy Center.

Recipe for struggling schools: Put principal in charge

February 28, 2011 in In the News
Spokesman Review (Spokane)
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Spokesman Review (Spokane)
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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Rankings Show Schools Need to Reform – Here's One Suggestion

February 25, 2011 in Publications

Spokane's Spokesman-Review published this column on February 27, 2011.

In 2005, the Washington state Legislature gave the state Board of Education a task: Find out if public schools are making the grade. The results are in, and they show school officials have some homework to do.