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.
HB 1593 Would Broaden the Pool of High-quality Principals and Would Improve Student Learning in Washington
Liv Finne, Director, Center for Education, February, 2011
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.