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Seattle parents brace for teachers' strike

August 28, 2013 in Blog

Today in The Seattle Times, the Seattle school district notified families to prepare for a possible strike by teachers on the first day of school, September 4, next week.  

Charter schools have younger teachers

August 27, 2013 in Blog

Today the New York Times reports that charter school teachers are younger, on average, than traditional school teachers. While charter school teachers have an average of two to five years experience, teachers in traditional schools have close to an average of 14 years experience.  

Charter schools see the youth of their teachers as a desirable quality.  

ESDs prove invaluable to small school districts

August 26, 2013 in In the News
The Spokesman-Review (Spokane)
The Spokesman-Review (Spokane)
Sunday, August 25, 2013

Federal government repeats demand that Washington rewrite its teacher/principal evaluation bill

August 16, 2013 in Blog

Yesterday, the news broke that the U.S. Department of Education meant what it said last summer, when it told Washington state to rewrite its teacher/principal evaluation bill, SB 5896. Because lawmakers did not do so, the federal government has now declared Washington’s one-year waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements at “high risk” of not being renewed. 

I said it last summer, and I’ll say it again.  The federal government has a lot of nerve. 

Jeb Bush backs new school standards

August 14, 2013 in In the News
News Sun (Florida)
News Sun (Florida)
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Milton Friedman's birthday and charter schools in Washington state

July 31, 2013 in Blog

Today is the 101st anniversary of Milton Friedman’s birth. People across the country are celebrating the great economist and his contributions to education reform in America. 

Public Education Dollars Diverted to Pay Union Executive Salaries

July 30, 2013 in Publications

New research by Washington Policy Center shows public education funds are being diverted from school budgets to pay the salaries and benefits of executives at private labor unions. Each year school districts pay full salaries and benefits of public employees who leave school classrooms for a time to work full-time for private labor unions.  While working as union executives the employees perform no teaching or other educational duties for the school district.      

Federal Way School Leaders Should Take Responsibility

July 29, 2013 in Blog

On July 26, the Federal Way Mirror published “Federal Way School Leaders Should Take Responsibility” by Austin Cooper, a WPC Research Assistant.  

Austin has been helping WPC’s Center for Education distribute information to local communities about their schools’ performance on the State Board of Education’s annual School Achievement Index.

Federal Way school leaders should take responsibility

July 29, 2013 in In the News
Federal Way Mirror (Seattle)
Federal Way Mirror (Seattle)
Friday, July 26, 2013