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Schools built under the new "green building" law are less energy efficient than non-green buildings AND students do more poorly in them?

June 10, 2011 in In the News
The Ross & Burbank Show (KIRO 97.3)
The Ross & Burbank Show (KIRO 97.3)
Friday, June 10, 2011

'Green' Schools Fail to Make the Grade: State Building Rules Do Not Raise Student Test Scores

June 8, 2011 in Publications


Six years ago, the Washington state legislature passed legislation requiring that all new schools in the state meet “green” buildings standards, known as the Washington State Sustainable Schools Protocol. The law’s backers promised a range of benefits, including significant energy savings and healthier buildings.

Governor Gregoire appears today at Cleveland High, but education reform still eludes our state

June 6, 2011 in Blog

Today Governor Christine Gregoire travels to Cleveland High in Seattle to sign three bills related to higher education.  She will tell Cleveland’s mostly poor and minority students that they can expect to receive scholarship help if they make it to college.  However, she will not tell them she recently blocked reforms to keep the best young teachers in their schools, teachers who could help students beat the one in three chance they will not even graduate high school, much less go to college.

Are Unions a Benefit or Obstacle to the Education of Children?

June 6, 2011 in In the News
Insider Online (Heritage Foundation)
Insider Online (Heritage Foundation)
Thursday, June 2, 2011

Online Classes Reach More Students, So Why Are Washington Public Schools So Far Behind the Curve?

June 3, 2011 in Publications

Seattle Business Magazine published this column June 1, 2011.

What If the Reinstated Ingraham Principal Were Able to Really Run His School?

June 1, 2011 in Publications

This column was published in The Seattle Times on June 1, 2011, by Liv Finne

State's 'Green' Mandate for Schools Proving Costly

May 28, 2011 in Publications

Spokane's Spokesman-Review published this column May 29, 2011.