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Public Education Dollars Diverted to Pay Union Executive Salaries

July 30, 2013 in Publications

New research by Washington Policy Center shows public education funds are being diverted from school budgets to pay the salaries and benefits of executives at private labor unions. Each year school districts pay full salaries and benefits of public employees who leave school classrooms for a time to work full-time for private labor unions.  While working as union executives the employees perform no teaching or other educational duties for the school district.      

Federal Way School Leaders Should Take Responsibility

July 29, 2013 in Blog

On July 26, the Federal Way Mirror published “Federal Way School Leaders Should Take Responsibility” by Austin Cooper, a WPC Research Assistant.  

Austin has been helping WPC’s Center for Education distribute information to local communities about their schools’ performance on the State Board of Education’s annual School Achievement Index.

Federal Way school leaders should take responsibility

July 29, 2013 in In the News
Federal Way Mirror (Seattle)
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Federal Way Mirror (Seattle)
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Friday, July 26, 2013

State Board of Education weakens School Achievement Index

July 24, 2013 in Blog

On July 10 and 11, the 15 member State Board of Education, led by Chairman Jeff Vincent, voted to weaken Washington’s School Achievement Index, as reported here and here.  Members have decided to shift the weight of the assessment of school performance from whether students are actually learning at grade level, to m

The Czar is mad as hell about poorly rated schools

July 24, 2013 in In the News
Federal Way Mirror (Seattle)
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Federal Way Mirror (Seattle)
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

In The Seattle Times: Education reforms for state students blocked by WEA

July 16, 2013 in Blog

Today The Seattle Times published my editorial about the blocked education reforms in the recent legislative session.  Here it is:

Education reforms for state students blocked by WEA

Although education funding will reach an all-time high in Washington state, important reforms were left on the table, writes guest columnist Liv Finne.

Special to The Seattle Times--July 16, 2013

Highline School Board Director attacks charter school law

July 15, 2013 in Blog

On Friday, July 12, Highline School Board Director Susan Goding wrote a short article against allowing charter schools, “Authorizing charter schools makes no business sense for school districts.” You can read the article here.   This article is a clear attempt to discourage implementation of the new charter school law.

Spokane Public Schools embraces charter schools to become Washington’s most progressive, forward-looking district

July 12, 2013 in Blog

On July 1st, Spokane Public Schools was the only district in Washington state to submit an application to become a charter school authorizer for the 2014-15 school year. Responsible for the education of 28,738 students, Spokane Public Schools is the second-largest district in Washington.  With this decision, Spokane has become the state’s most progressive, forward-looking district in the state.

Schoolhouse Blues

July 10, 2013 in In the News
The Inlander (Spokane)
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The Inlander (Spokane)
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013