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Superintendent Dorn seeks to deny parents access to school choice and free tutoring

June 30, 2014 in Blog

In a sternly-worded statement today, the state’s highest public education official, Superintendent Randy Dorn, announced he is seeking to keep parents from learning about school choice and free tutoring services to which their children may be entitled under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Opening New Doors for Students: Washington's First Public Charter Schools

June 18, 2014 in In the News
Insider Online: Policy Ideas for Advancing Liberty
Insider Online: Policy Ideas for Advancing Liberty
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

McCleary plaintiffs urge Supreme Court into increasingly worrisome uncharted waters

June 16, 2014 in Publications

The McCleary plaintiffs, a group of unions, school districts, and parents, are urging the Supreme Court into increasingly worrisome unchartered waters. Their lawyer recently called on the Supreme Court to hold the Legislature in contempt, and impose fines if legislators do not convene a special session this year to increase funding for schools. The Court is also being urged to consider ordering the Legislature to: Prohibit spending on other parts of the budget, fund specific dollar amounts, sell State property, invalidate education cuts, and prohibit any funding of education (i.e.

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

June 10, 2014 in Publications

This Opinion/Editorial was published in The Columbian on March 30, 2014. 

Executives at Washington’s public teachers union (the WEA) announced recently that gaining access to greater pay increases was their primary lobbying goal for 2014 — not raising student test scores, closing the achievement gap, or improving low graduation rates.

Seattle School Board chooses math texts for Seattle elementary schools, overruling district managers

June 9, 2014 in Blog

Last week, in a bit of good news for Seattle children, the Seattle School Board voted 4-3 to adopt the Math in Focus textbook for Seattle’s elementary schools. Math in Focus is a solid curriculum based on the effective Singapore method for teaching math. The board of the state’s largest school district, serving nearly 50,000 students, has exercised its authority to reject a lower-standard math text chosen by school district officials, EnVision Math.

Sometimes, a public policy story to celebrate

June 9, 2014 in In the News
Smarter Government Washington
Smarter Government Washington
Saturday, June 7, 2014