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In new report, lawmakers cite separation of powers debate in McCleary case

April 29, 2014 in Blog

Today at 2:00 p.m., the Joint Select Committee on Article IX Litigation of the Washington State Legislature (JSCAIXLWSL) sent a report to the Supreme Court in response to the justices’ latest order in the seven-year-old McCleary education funding case.

Union’s defeat of teacher evaluation bill leads to loss of NCLB Waiver

April 24, 2014 in Blog

We all want Washington state to be first in education, but not like this.  Today Washington became the first state in the nation to lose its waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act.

U.S. Department of Education officials had long warned state leaders this would happen if the 2014 Legislature failed to include student performance on state standardized tests as one factor in teacher evaluations.

Latest McCleary order may be repeating the failures of the 1970s Doran decision

April 21, 2014 in Blog

In January, the state Supreme Court handed down a new order in the 2012 McCleary case that reads almost like a line-by-line budget, as I wrote here. This 2014 order represents a significant shift in approach compared with the court’s original McCleary decision, which held that the Legislature had not fully funded education.

Local View: Pay for state’s public school teachers has increased

April 18, 2014 in In the News
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Exaggerating the evidence on class size

April 11, 2014 in Blog

On Wednesday, Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn announced support for the teacher union's new class size reduction initiative, I-1351. The union hopes to gather enough signatures to put this initiative before the voters this November. Superintendent Dorn said:

“Reducing class sizes is key to improving student learning, particularly with at-risk students. That, in turn, will improve graduation rates.” 

WPC Eastern Washington Education Breakfast: Introducing Eastern Washington’s First Public Charter School

April 8, 2014 in Events
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
7:15 am - 8:30 am
The Davenport Hotel's Marie Antoinette Ballroom
10 S Post St
Spokane, WA 99201

Watch coverage of WPC's Eastern Washington Education Breakfast
online by clicking here. 

As part of WPC’s Health and Education Series, the Eastern Washington Education Breakfast featured some of the state’s top educational leaders, giving attendees a behind the scenes look at the effort to bring Eastern Washington its first public charter school. From the district office to the classroom, attendees heard how some of our local children’s lives will be forever changed for the better by the decision of Washington voters to open public charter schools. This informative event attracted hundreds of educators, political leaders, small business owners and citizens who learned about and support education advancements for children in Eastern Washington.