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Boosting a levy 99% in a Great Recession: The Seattle Way

February 4, 2011 in In the News
Thursday, February 3, 2011

McGinn wants to increase taxes in a recession, so he can double spending on a program his Office of Education reports is not helping children as promised

February 3, 2011 in Blog

As a concerned parent of children in Seattle public schools, I see first hand the caring and professional way classroom teachers work to educate all their students.  As a public policy researcher, what I see is a lack of resources and support in the classroom, compared to the District’s half-billion dollar annual budget.  Seattle spends almost $13,000 a year per student, one of the highest levels in the country, yet only 59 cents of every education dollar reaches the classroom, and during layoffs union executives require the youngest and brightest teachers to be fired first.

Few Spokane-area Schools Rank High in New Report

in Press releases

Contact: Chris Cargill
ccargill [at] washingtonpolicy [dot] org

Gregoire v. Dorn on eliminating SPI

February 2, 2011 in In the News
Spokesman Review (Spokane)
Spokesman Review (Spokane)
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Washington Education Association says one thing, does another

January 28, 2011 in Blog

A 45 page report written by the Washington Education Association at the end of the 2010 session says this on the first page:

"Education reform must be based on sound research and our members' own experience as educators."

How Would You Balance the Budget? (radio interview)

January 28, 2011 in In the News
KUOW 94.9 (NPR)
KUOW 94.9 (NPR)
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Washington State Public School Achievement Index

The Washington State Public School Achievement Index rates the quality of more than 2,000 public schools across the state. The Index is based on the State Board of Education's Achievement Index for the school year 2011-12, accessible here

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.