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.
Todd Myers, Director, Center for the Environment, April, 2009
In an effort to promote “green” jobs and to encourage energy savings in schools, universities and public buildings, the legislature is considering HB 2334, which would send a $3 billion bond proposal to voters this fall. The money would fund projects designed to save energy, as well as improve health and safety in public buildings. Supporters claim the bill would create 90,000 new jobs in 2010-11. Funding to repay the bonds would come in part from expected energy savings.
Liv Finne, Director, Center for Education, April, 2009
Washington public schools face long-term, persistent shortages of qualified math and science teachers. In 2001, the legislature realized the state’s rigid certification requirements limit the supply of qualified teachers. That year lawmakers passed a bill to create an Alternate Route program to make it easier for mid-career math and science professionals to enter the teaching profession.
Washington Policy Center held a private reception with WPC board members and other key supporters on Thursday, March 26th in Bellevue. WPC’s research center directors discussed the issues being debated in Olympia as we entered the homestretch of our state’s Legislative Session. Topics included the state budget shortfall, transportation, small business issues, education and the environment.
Watch the videos:
Introduction by WPC President Dann Mead Smith