In yesterday’s Sunday edition, Seattle Times reporter Linda Shaw provides a terrific front-page description of the transformation of West Seattle Elementary. Federal grant requirements gave the school a new principal and replaced half the teachers.
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.
Negotiators in Other School Districts Beware: Union Gains Additional Protections for Low-performing Teachers in Seattle
Director, WPC's Center for Education
Seattle parents are beginning to wonder whether the recently approved Seattle teacher contract will improve teacher quality. Regrettably, the densely-worded document does anything but clearly explain what is really happening.
Parents deserve better answers. They worry about teacher quality and know that the number one factor that determines if their children learn is whether teachers are performing well. Here are a few answers for parents.
Panel discussion on Charter Schools begins at 6pm, and the movie starts at 7pm. No RSVP necessary. Tickets are available at the box office for $10 and seating is limited, first come first serve.
Liv Finne, Director, WPC’s Center for Education, October, 2010
Forward-thinking school superintendents, like C.E.O. Andres A. Alonso of Baltimore City Public Schools, are reorganizing the way they run their schools, and achieving dramatic gains for students. They are implementing Fair Student Funding. This reform shifts control over school spending from central districts to individual school principals. Under Fair Student Funding, school principals are able to control the actual dollars in their school budgets, instead of having to manage a building already staffed by the district.