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Let’s make sure teachers get the classroom support they need

March 11, 2015 in Publications

In a recent article published by the union newsletter The Stand, public school math teacher Mrs. Emerson from Woodinville, in the Northshore school district, seeks to explain why the extra $2.7 billion the state is receiving is not enough to provide people with essential services, such as public education (the revised figure for the state is $3.2 billion in extra revenue). She reports, “I pay $1,000 a year of my own money to provide my students with basic learning tools such as paper, pencils, and binders.” 

Chris Vance describes levy swap idea

March 5, 2015 in Blog

The levy-swap concept, in which state lawmakers would take local levy funds in return for lower local property tax rates, is being debated in Olympia as one way to increase state funding for public education under the McCleary decision.

Excited parents and children gather for Washington state’s first charter school lottery

March 3, 2015 in Blog

Photo: Brenda McDonald, principal of PRIDE Prep charter school draws the names to fill one 
of 150 spaces available for enrollment

Should volatile capital gains taxes be relied on to fund the state's "paramount duty"?

February 26, 2015 in Blog

In our prior blog post we looked at the volatility of capital gains taxes and how California adopted a constitutional amendment to force more savings of its revenue from that source versus spending it to reduce the state's rollercoaster budgeting.

How Senator Liias can increase teacher pay without raising taxes

February 25, 2015 in Blog

Senator Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood) has released a new edition of his Washington White Board video series, arguing that state officials pay entry-level public school teachers so little they qualify for public assistance.  Senator Liias has also introduced a bill to create a state income tax.

Sexy Politics with the Policy Stud, Paul Guppy

February 23, 2015 in In the News
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Let’s make sure teachers get the classroom support they need

February 20, 2015 in Blog

In a new video posted over at The Stand, the union online newsletter, public school math teacher Mrs.

Options for complying with the McCleary decision without raising taxes

February 13, 2015 in Publications