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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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Why are Seattle schools talking about severe budget cuts when budget has grown?

July 14, 2011 in In the News
The Ross & Burbank Show (KIRO 97.3)
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The Ross & Burbank Show (KIRO 97.3)
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Indiana helps parents decide when, where and how their children receive the best possible education

July 12, 2011 in Blog

Parents in Indiana seeking to find the best possible education for their children have been given a huge boost by their elected representatives.  "Justice requires that we help parents," said Governor Mitch Daniels.  Here is a great summary of the laws Indiana just passed, from The School Choice Advocate, June 2011:

Seattle School District's budget increases by $11 million, yet officials claim $45.5 million in "budget cuts"

July 11, 2011 in Blog

Last week the Seattle School District announced its new 2011-12 budget of $577 million as requiring $45.5 million in cuts.  To make this "budget cut" claim, the announcement relies on public ignorance of last year's budget number.  No where in this announcement can a reader find any reference to last year's budget number.&nbs

Oregon gives Governor complete control over education policy

June 28, 2011 in Blog

Last week the Oregon legislature voted to abolish the elected office of superintendent of public instruction and hand the job back to the governor.  Because the governor was originally Oregon's school superintendent, a 1997 Attorney General's opinion says the Oregon legislature can convert this elected position back to an appointed one.

Oregon's governor will also lead a new education superboard that oversees spending and policy for every grade level.

Comparing new education reform laws in Illinois and Indiana

June 24, 2011 in Blog

I’ve been reading the new Illinois education reform bill (111 pages) and Indiana’s new bill (27 pages), and came up with the following summary.

Illinois' Senate Bill 7 makes these positive changes to existing Illinois law:

1) Layoff and recall decisions will be determined first by qualifications and certifications, then performance evaluations and then seniority.

The Not So "Cool School" Initiative

June 20, 2011 in In the News
Oregon Catalyst
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Oregon Catalyst
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Monday, June 20, 2011

The Not So "Cool School" Initiative

June 15, 2011 in In the News
Cascade Policy Institute
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Cascade Policy Institute
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Schools built under the new "green building" law are less energy efficient than non-green buildings AND students do more poorly in them?

June 10, 2011 in In the News
The Ross & Burbank Show (KIRO 97.3)
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The Ross & Burbank Show (KIRO 97.3)
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Friday, June 10, 2011

'Green' Schools Fail to Make the Grade: State Building Rules Do Not Raise Student Test Scores

June 8, 2011 in Publications

Introduction

Six years ago, the Washington state legislature passed legislation requiring that all new schools in the state meet “green” buildings standards, known as the Washington State Sustainable Schools Protocol. The law’s backers promised a range of benefits, including significant energy savings and healthier buildings.