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.
Chris Cargill, Eastern Washington Office Director, November, 2010
Spokane's Spokesman Review newspaper published this column on November 28 as part of WPC's monthly column.
The signs were all there—literally thousands of them. Yard signs urged Spokane voters this fall to “put children first.” Spokane has a school dropout problem. But Spokane voters wisely rejected a poorly-drafted initiative that tried to tug at people’s heart strings. The Children’s Investment Fund had just one problem: it wouldn’t have worked.
Negotiators in Other School Districts Beware: Union Gains Additional Protections for Low-performing Teachers in Seattle
Director, WPC's Center for Education
Seattle parents are beginning to wonder whether the recently approved Seattle teacher contract will improve teacher quality. Regrettably, the densely-worded document does anything but clearly explain what is really happening.
Parents deserve better answers. They worry about teacher quality and know that the number one factor that determines if their children learn is whether teachers are performing well. Here are a few answers for parents.