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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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An Option for Learning: An Assessment of Student Achievement in Charter Public Schools

January 21, 2011 in In the News
Insider Online (Heritage Foundation)
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Insider Online (Heritage Foundation)
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Charter Schools Outperform Traditional Public Schools

January 21, 2011 in In the News
National Center for Policy Analysis
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National Center for Policy Analysis
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Key Facts about Spokane Public Schools

January 20, 2011 in Publications

New research released by Washington Policy Center, a non-partisan public policy research think tank based in Seattle, provides key facts for the Spokane School District. Education budgets in Washington State are at historic highs, reaching $10,200 per student statewide.  Average teacher pay in Spokane is $62,579 for a ten-month work year.  110 Spokane public school employees receive more than $100,000 a year.

Baltimore City Public Schools CEO to Speak in Seattle Tomorrow

in Press releases

Contact: John Barnes
jbarnes [at] washingtonpolicy [dot] org | 206-937-9691

Seattle – Dr. Andrés A. Alonso, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, will keynote Washington Policy Center’s 2011 Education Lunch at The Westin Seattle tomorrow morning. 

Progressive Baltimore City Schools CEO flying to Seattle today

January 19, 2011 in Blog

Tomorrow morning, Dr. Andres Alonso, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, will speak at Washington Policy Center's 2011 Annual Breakfast at the Westin, 7:30 to 9:00 am.  So far 250 people and school leaders have signed up here, on our website, to attend!  

The more I read about Dr. Alonso's cutting-edge reforms for running a school district, the more excited I get.  

Gregoire: Not sure pouring money into state education is helping as much as hoped

January 18, 2011 in In the News
Bellingham Herald
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Bellingham Herald
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Governor agrees with Liv Finne

January 17, 2011 in Blog

Yesterday, Governor Gregoire admitted to the Seattle Times that her spending $4 billion more on public schools has not helped students: 

“I came in here determined to make the system work better. To invest more money. I put a lot more money into K-12. But then you sit there and say, 'Why have I not been able to get the result I set out to achieve?'"

An Option for Learning: An Assessment of Student Achievement in Charter Public Schools

January 17, 2011 in Publications

Washington’s Charter School Ban

In 2004, Democrats and Republicans joined together to pass HB 2295, the Washington Charter Schools Act, which was signed into law by Governor Gary Locke in March.  Union executives strongly oppose charter schools, and Washington’s powerful teachers union, the WEA, launched Referendum 55 to repeal the new law.  The referendum passed, thus reinstating the charter school ban.  Today it is illegal to operate a charter public school in Washington state.

An Option for Learning: An Assessment of Student Achievement in Charter Public Schools

January 17, 2011 in Publications

Introduction

Since the 1930s, traditional public schools have been centrally run from the top down by state legislatures, school district administrators and, starting in the late 1960s, by collective bargaining agreements negotiated by powerful unions.  In addition, administrators in traditional public schools have never been held directly accountable for student performance.  Public schools that fail to educate students adequately often remain open and unchanged year after year.

Key Facts about Pasco Public Schools

January 13, 2011 in Publications

New research released by Washington Policy Center, a non-partisan public policy research think tank based in Seattle, provides key facts for the Pasco School District. Education budgets in Washington State are at historic highs, reaching $10,200 per student statewide.  Average teacher pay with benefits in Pasco is $73,962 for a ten-month work year.  Fifty three Pasco public school employees receive more than $100,000 a year.