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Senator proposes elimination of OSPI as elected office

January 27, 2011 in Blog

Earlier this month Governor Gregoire proposed major reorganization of the state's education system, including changes to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). One of the biggest questions under her proposal is should OSPI remain an elected office or instead be appointed by the Governor.

More pearls of wisdom from Dr. Alonso

January 25, 2011 in Blog

Cross-Cut posted a great piece describing Dr. Alonso's breakfast presentation last week. One pearl of wisdom collected by Cross-Cut was Alonso's observation that kids come "as is," and that "the work of the schools is to meet them where they are, engage them, and raise levels of academic achievement. "The work had to be about responsibility," he said.

The Washington Policy Center Public School Accountability Index

January 25, 2011 in Publications

Washington Policy Center’s Public School Accountability Index rates the quality of more than 2,000 public schools across the state.  The Index is based on data compiled by the State Board of Education’s 2010 Achievement Index.

The purpose of the Index is to determine whether and to what extent school officials are fulfilling their paramount duty to provide a quality education for every child residing within the borders of the state. The Legislature stated:

An exhilarating day with Dr. Alonso and other thinking men and women

January 21, 2011 in Blog

At 7:30 am yesterday, 240 people from all over the Puget Sound, including teachers' union leaders, showed up at the Westin Hotel to hear how Dr. Alonso has set Baltimore City Schools on a path to success.  He told us how he has given principals and teachers the tools they need to think and to act so their students will learn.  He told us how he has allowed parents charter school, contract school and transformation school choices, so they can think and make a choice of the best school for their child.

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

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

Charter Schools Outperform Traditional Public Schools

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