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Edmonds School District has ample funding

June 2, 2010 in Blog

I was stunned to find this statement from School Board President Susan Phillips on the Edmonds School District website: “The dramatic reduction in state funding over the last several years limits our options.” 

Seattle teachers' union allows quality teachers and performance pay at Hawthorne Elementary, West Seattle Elementary and Cleveland High

May 31, 2010 in Blog

Three Seattle schools will be allowed to operate outside of the strictures of Seattle's collective bargaining agreement with teachers. Normally, collective bargaining rules prohibit school managers from assigning teachers to their schools based on their effectiveness and from rewarding them for raising student achievement. See our recently released 

Denver Public Schools starves Manual High and other innovation schools, violating state and federal law

May 25, 2010 in Blog

The Denver Post reports that Denver Public Schools may be violating Colorado's Innovation Schools Act of 2008. Lawyer Cara Lawrence asserts that the Denver school district has breached the terms of the law by failing to give three innovation schools their annual budget allocations in a timely manner. These three schools are Manual High, Montclair Elementary and Cole K-8. Colorado's Innovation Schools Act of 2008 gave innovation schools autonomy over 1) the selection of their staff, 2) the actual dollars in their school budget and 3) the design of their educational program.

Study of Seattle's collective bargaining agreement suggests changes to teacher evaluation, assignment, layoff and other practices

May 21, 2010 in Blog

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

Seattle School District Collective Bargaining Agreement

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

Governor Puts Universities On Notice

May 13, 2010 in In the News
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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.