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WPC not 'skewing the numbers' on Spokane's Children's Investment Fund

September 30, 2010 in Blog

Washington Policy Center's analysis on the Children's Investment Fund initiative in Spokane has prompted a false assertion in a September 30th article written by Jody Lawrence-Turner in The Spokesman-Review newspaper.

Children’s advocates optimistic about fund

September 30, 2010 in In the News
Spokesman Review (Spokane)
Spokesman Review (Spokane)
Thursday, September 30, 2010

The bubble and our universities

September 29, 2010 in In the News
Wenatchee World
Wenatchee World
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Citizens' Guide to the Spokane Children's Investment Fund Initiative

September 28, 2010 in Publications


This November, voters in the City of Spokane will decide whether to raise property taxes in an attempt to lower Spokane’s public high school dropout rate. The measure is being promoted by a political 527 group called “People for the Children’s Investment Fund Initiative.” Supporters say the new spending is needed because, “Spokane is facing a persistently troubling school dropout rate that educators and civic leaders alike agree is undermining the social fabric of our families and community life.”

Teachers union leaders refund their salaries and some benefits to their school districts, accruing rights to second pension

September 28, 2010 in Blog

In my last blog, I reported that Mary Lindquist, president of the Washington State teachers union, draws a salary of $163,479 from the union, plus $14,925 in pension benefits. As public records show that she draws a salary from the Mercer Island School District, I reported that she received a salary from the district as well.

Lawmakers hear higher education reform options

September 28, 2010 in Blog

The Governor's Higher Education Funding Task Force briefed lawmakers today on the various reform options that are being discussed to reset the state's role in higher education.

Teachers union and school board directors provide "Key Messages" to refute Waiting for Superman school documentary

September 25, 2010 in Blog

Yesterday, Waiting for Superman hit movie screens across the country. Oprah has been promoting it all week.

Waiting for Superman is a new documentary which shows families praying and begging that their lottery numbers will allow their children to escape their local failing public school. Only Lady Luck can help them attend high-performing charter schools, as powerful interest groups aided by laws and taxpayers make sure that spaces at these schools are limited.