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

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.”

HB 1593 Would Broaden the Pool of High-quality Principals and Would Improve Student Learning in Washington

February 15, 2011 in Publications

John Stanford was one of the most effective and respected education leaders Seattle ever had, yet the former army general did not hold a formal teacher certificate. The Seattle School Board was able to hire this caring and talented educator as superintendent, but under state law he was barred from serving as a school principal. At the same time, state law would have allowed him to serve as a teacher, a principal or in any other capacity in a private school.

Report: Few local schools exceed state standards

February 14, 2011 in In the News
KGMI AM (Whatcom County)
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KGMI AM (Whatcom County)
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Monday, February 14, 2011