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, February, 2014
- Public school spending between 1990 and 2013 increased by 28%, adjusted for inflation, while graduation rates and academic outcomes remained flat.
- Public school graduation rate in 1990 was 76%, in 2013 it was 77%.
- Trend data on academic outcomes for Washington state public school students has remained largely unchanged for years.
Research question: Does more education spending improve outcomes for students?
Liv Finne, WPC Education Director, January, 2014
Executives at Washington’s public education teachers’ union (WEA) recently announced that their top lobbying goal for the 2014 legislative session is to increase pay for their members. To support their case, the WEA’s “Our Voice” newsletter states,
“Educators have gone six straight years without a COLA.”