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Many Central Snohomish County Schools Ranked as Only 'Fair' or 'Struggling'

April 15, 2011 in Publications

The Herald (Everett) published this op-ed on April 11, 2011.

Senate passes significant amendment to improve effectiveness of teachers, principals and schools

April 13, 2011 in Blog

Yesterday afternoon Senator Rodney Tom gained wide bipartisan support for his amendment to an education bill, E2SHB 1443.  It passed the Senate by a vote of 30 to 17.  Geoffrey Canada of Waiting for Superman fame would say that Superman has at long last arrived in Washington state. 

Many central Snohomish County schools ranked as only 'fair' or 'struggling'

April 12, 2011 in In the News
The Herald (Everett)
The Herald (Everett)
Monday, April 11, 2011

In education, it's not so much the amount of money but how it's spent

April 12, 2011 in In the News
The News Tribune (Tacoma)
The News Tribune (Tacoma)
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Eva Moskowitz says small class sizes are no guarantee of a good education

April 11, 2011 in Blog

Eva Moskowitz, founder and chief executive of the Harlem Success Charter network, and of  Waiting for Superman fame, recently discussed her recent Washington Post editorial that small class size is neither a guarantor nor prerequisite of educational excellence. Rather, she says the most important reform is to get talented principals in the schools who are allowed the freedom and flexibility they need to help students.

44 of 65 Olympia-area Schools Ranked as 'Fair' or 'Struggling'

April 9, 2011 in Publications

The Olympian published this op-ed on April 7, 2011.

Spokane-area dropout & graduation numbers improve, without new program & taxes

April 8, 2011 in Blog

Fewer students are dropping out of Spokane-area schools, and taxpayers didn't have to spend an extra $30 million to make it happen.

Spokane Public Schools says its on-time graduation rate improved by almost 8% in 2010.That means the district's graduation rate increased to 70%.

Other Spokane-area school districts saw similar improvements, including East Valley, which saw its graduation rate improve an astounding 27%.

Hearing on SB 5914 lays out the arguments for and against

April 7, 2011 in Blog

Yesterday in Olympia, I attended the Senate Ways and Means hearing on SB 5914, the Excellent Teachers for Every Student Act.  Here is a summary of the arguments pro and con, plus my observations.

1. Authorizes school districts to decide layoffs on the basis of teacher performance, not seniority.