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, March, 2009
Lawmakers in Olympia are considering proposals to radically increase state funding to local school districts, in an effort to reduce class sizes and lift public education’s abysmal graduation rates. Alternatively, lawmakers may place a tax increase proposal on the ballot, while telling voters that more funding is desperately needed for public schools. By some estimates, these proposed changes would increase school spending by 50%, adding some $7 billion in permanent new spending to the education budget.
CityClub's Education Series, Co-Presented by WPC: A Conversation with Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn
In November, voters elected Randy Dorn for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, replacing 12 year Superintendent Terry Bergeson in a race that has become widely viewed as a directive for changes in the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL). How does Dorn see his leadership style and how has he been approaching the transition? Those questions were answered by the new Superintendent at this event.
Unionizing Daycare: Analysis of the Proposal Requiring Union Membership and Collective Bargaining in the Provision of State Subsidized Daycare Services
Liv Finne, Director, Center of Education, February, 2009
The legislature is currently considering a proposal to require union membership of directors and workers at daycare centers across the state. The new requirement would apply to small daycare centers that accept even one child from a family receiving subsidized child care.
During this lunch event each center's research director gave an overview of our latest research and analysis on the key issues facing legislators this Session.