Education

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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HB 1593 Would Broaden the Pool of High-quality Principals and Would Improve Student Learning in Washington

February 15, 2011 in Publications

John Stanford was one of the most effective and respected education leaders Seattle ever had, yet the former army general did not hold a formal teacher certificate. The Seattle School Board was able to hire this caring and talented educator as superintendent, but under state law he was barred from serving as a school principal. At the same time, state law would have allowed him to serve as a teacher, a principal or in any other capacity in a private school.

Report: Few local schools exceed state standards

February 14, 2011 in In the News
KGMI AM (Whatcom County)
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KGMI AM (Whatcom County)
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Teachers' union is the biggest obstacle to school reform

February 11, 2011 in Blog

Last night I participated in City Club’s terrific community forum about public education in Seattle.  Seattle Channel's C.R. Douglas led the discussion over the School District’s Excellence for All plan.  Now in its fourth year, results show student learning is down, not up, and that children are failing to learn under the District’s rigid, top-down approach. You can watch the program here.  My brief comments are at 32:44 and at 17:10.

The Public School Accountability Index

February 11, 2011 in In the News
Insider Online (Heritage Foundation)
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Insider Online (Heritage Foundation)
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Monday, February 7, 2011