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

Few area schools rank high in new state report

February 22, 2011 in In the News
The Daily News (Longview)
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The Daily News (Longview)
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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Governor Walker of Wisconsin tackles collective bargaining reform

February 20, 2011 in Blog

This week Governor Walker of Wisconsin, joining a movement of Republican Governors in Ohio, Indiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, introduced a bill to reform collective bargaining in Wisconsin. Minority Democratic lawmakers fled the state in an effort to block passage of the bill.

Online Learning Expands Learning Opportunities for Students

February 17, 2011 in Publications

Introduction

SB 5603 serves the public interest because it would expand learning opportunities for all Washington public school students by giving them access to online learning programs. This Legislative Memo discusses the benefits of online education and presents the Ten Elements of High Quality Digital Learning recently published by national experts in online learning.

The Problem

Union tells Olympia committee: fire youngest teachers first

February 16, 2011 in Blog

Yesterday I attended a House hearing in Olympia on HB 1609, a bill sponsored by Eric Pettigrew, a Democrat from Seattle.  The bill would end the practice of automatically firing the newest and youngest teachers first when school districts implement layoffs.  The introductory language of the bill lays out its intent: 

“There is an urgent need to conduct layoffs in a way that retains the most effective teachers.”

When is "Fair," not "Fair?"

February 16, 2011 in In the News
Federal Way News
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Federal Way News
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

School Works to Improve "Worst" Rating

February 16, 2011 in In the News
KEPR News (Tri-Cities)
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KEPR News (Tri-Cities)
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

HB 1609 Would Improve Teacher Quality and Prevent Young Teachers from Being Fired First

February 15, 2011 in Publications

HB 1609 would end the practice of automatically firing the newest and youngest teachers first when Washington school districts implement layoffs. Under the bill, school administrators would be required to consider teacher performance, not just seniority, before letting a teacher go. The introductory language of the bill lays out its intent: “There is an urgent need to conduct layoffs in a way that retains the most effective teachers.”