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Local View: Pay for state’s public school teachers has increased

June 10, 2014 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial was published in The Columbian on March 30, 2014. 

Executives at Washington’s public teachers union (the WEA) announced recently that gaining access to greater pay increases was their primary lobbying goal for 2014 — not raising student test scores, closing the achievement gap, or improving low graduation rates.

Seattle School Board chooses math texts for Seattle elementary schools, overruling district managers

June 9, 2014 in Blog

Last week, in a bit of good news for Seattle children, the Seattle School Board voted 4-3 to adopt the Math in Focus textbook for Seattle’s elementary schools. Math in Focus is a solid curriculum based on the effective Singapore method for teaching math. The board of the state’s largest school district, serving nearly 50,000 students, has exercised its authority to reject a lower-standard math text chosen by school district officials, EnVision Math.

Sometimes, a public policy story to celebrate

June 9, 2014 in In the News
Smarter Government Washington
Smarter Government Washington
Saturday, June 7, 2014

WPC's 2014 Education Breakfast Introducing Washington's New Charter Schools

June 3, 2014 in Events
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th AVE
Seattle, WA 98101

This dynamic breakfast program featured Washington’s new charter school leaders, who will describe their plans to offer schoolchildren in the Puget Sound area the chance to attend a new charter school. 

Click here to watch WPC's 2014 Education Breakfast online broadcast by TVW

Washington Policy Center presents: Introducing New WA Charter Schools

May 28, 2014 in In the News
E3 Washington: Education for Sustainable Communities
E3 Washington: Education for Sustainable Communities
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Seattle School Board to vote on weakening math standard

May 21, 2014 in Blog

The Seattle School Board is scheduled to vote tonight on providing a watered-down math curriculum for the city’s elementary schools, a change that would affect the 95 schools in the district and some 49,000 students and their families.  A District committee is recommending that School Board members adopt a program called EnVision Math.   A group of concerned math and science high school teachers and college professors calls EnVision Math the weakest choice available.  

The 2012-2013 Washington State School Achievement Index

The Washington State Public School Achievement Index rates the quality of more than 2,212 public schools across the state. The Index is based on the State Board of Education's Achievement Index for the school year 2012-2013, accessible here

Let’s stop the WEA’s lawsuit against mothers who choose charter schools for their children

May 12, 2014 in Publications

Last week was National Charter School Week and Mother’s Day.  What better gift could we have given to the mothers of children in Washington state than to drop the ongoing effort to stop kids from attending a charter school?