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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.

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Seattle School District Collective Bargaining Agreement

May 13, 2010 in In the News
National Center for Policy Analysis
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Governor Puts Universities On Notice

May 13, 2010 in In the News
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Arizona passes genuine education reform bills, revealing weaknesses of Governor Gregoire's bill

May 11, 2010 in Blog

Education reformers in Arizona have passed a set of education reforms which are likely to improve education for students in Arizona.  By contrast, Governor Gregoire's Race to the Top bill, SB 6696, which I have analyzed here, and here, requires very little genuine change to the behavior of entrenched school bureaucracies and unions, nor does it increase choices for students and parents.

High school student in Tacoma declares that he wants effective teachers

May 10, 2010 in Blog

Today, in the Tacoma News Tribune, Mount Tahoma High School students eloquently speak out against teacher seniority assignment rules.  Student Derrick Reinhardt observes that these rules mean that "ineffective teachers stay and effective teachers leave" his school.

North Thurston School District throws out flawed student assignment plan for Aspire Middle School and starts over

May 2, 2010 in Blog

Parents of all the 5th graders who applied to Aspire Middle School in the North Thurston School District received this letter over the weekend:

Overview of the Seattle School District Collective Bargaining Agreement

May 2, 2010 in Publications

Seattle School District officials are negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement with the city’s teachers’ union, the Seattle Education Association. The talks will take several months, and will determine costs for taxpayers and the quality of instruction for Seattle students for up to five years.

Overview of the Seattle School District Collective Bargaining Agreement

May 2, 2010 in Publications

Seattle School District officials are negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement with the city’s teachers’ union, the Seattle Education Association. Participants expect the talks to take several months.

Certification laws, union contracts leave Spokane teachers tied up in knots

April 30, 2010 in Blog

Facing declining enrollment, the Spokane Public School district announced this week it is going to lay off 18 employees, mostly teachers. At the same time, the district says it plans to hire them back. The reasons and restrictions surrounding such a decision are mind boggling. Let’s take them one-by-one.

Children of school employees in North Thurston given special privileges over other children

April 30, 2010 in Blog

Not only does the North Thurston School District assign students to Aspire Middle School on the basis of their race, which is illegal, they have a written policy which gives preference to children of school district employees when there is not enough room at a school for everyone.