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.
Liv Finne, Director, Center for Education, January, 2011
New research released by Washington Policy Center, an independent, non-partisan research organization based in Seattle, provides key facts about the Seattle School District. Education spending in Washington state is at historic highs, averaging $10,200 per student statewide. Average teacher pay in Seattle is $70,850 for a ten-month work year. 163 Seattle public school employees receive more than $100,000 a year. The Seattle teachers’ union receives $3.2 million in education funding each year in the form of mandatory member dues.
Chris Cargill, Eastern Washington Office Director, November, 2010
Spokane's Spokesman Review newspaper published this column on November 28 as part of WPC's monthly column.
The signs were all there—literally thousands of them. Yard signs urged Spokane voters this fall to “put children first.” Spokane has a school dropout problem. But Spokane voters wisely rejected a poorly-drafted initiative that tried to tug at people’s heart strings. The Children’s Investment Fund had just one problem: it wouldn’t have worked.