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An exhilarating day with Dr. Alonso and other thinking men and women

January 21, 2011 in Blog

At 7:30 am yesterday, 240 people from all over the Puget Sound, including teachers' union leaders, showed up at the Westin Hotel to hear how Dr. Alonso has set Baltimore City Schools on a path to success.  He told us how he has given principals and teachers the tools they need to think and to act so their students will learn.  He told us how he has allowed parents charter school, contract school and transformation school choices, so they can think and make a choice of the best school for their child.

An Option for Learning: An Assessment of Student Achievement in Charter Public Schools

January 21, 2011 in In the News
Insider Online (Heritage Foundation)
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Insider Online (Heritage Foundation)
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Charter Schools Outperform Traditional Public Schools

January 21, 2011 in In the News
National Center for Policy Analysis
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National Center for Policy Analysis
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Key Facts about Spokane Public Schools

January 20, 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 Spokane School District. Education budgets in Washington State are at historic highs, reaching $10,200 per student statewide.  Average teacher pay in Spokane is $62,579 for a ten-month work year.  110 Spokane public school employees receive more than $100,000 a year.

Baltimore City Public Schools CEO to Speak in Seattle Tomorrow

in Press releases

Contact: John Barnes
jbarnes [at] washingtonpolicy [dot] org | 206-937-9691

Seattle – Dr. Andrés A. Alonso, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, will keynote Washington Policy Center’s 2011 Education Lunch at The Westin Seattle tomorrow morning. 

Progressive Baltimore City Schools CEO flying to Seattle today

January 19, 2011 in Blog

Tomorrow morning, Dr. Andres Alonso, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, will speak at Washington Policy Center's 2011 Annual Breakfast at the Westin, 7:30 to 9:00 am.  So far 250 people and school leaders have signed up here, on our website, to attend!  

The more I read about Dr. Alonso's cutting-edge reforms for running a school district, the more excited I get.  

Gregoire: Not sure pouring money into state education is helping as much as hoped

January 18, 2011 in In the News
Bellingham Herald
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Bellingham Herald
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Governor agrees with Liv Finne

January 17, 2011 in Blog

Yesterday, Governor Gregoire admitted to the Seattle Times that her spending $4 billion more on public schools has not helped students: 

“I came in here determined to make the system work better. To invest more money. I put a lot more money into K-12. But then you sit there and say, 'Why have I not been able to get the result I set out to achieve?'"