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.


New state budget to spend $2.9 billion more on public schools; 19 percent increase is one of largest in state history

July 28, 2015 in Publications

After six months of debate, and convening three Special Sessions, lawmakers in Olympia finally reached agreement on a state budget for 2015-17. The new budget will increase spending on K-12 public schools from the current $15.26 billion to $18.15 billion, an increase of 19 percent. Lawmakers achieved this large rise in spending with the natural increase in current revenues, without imposing new taxes on Washington families and business owners.

Was public education money used to fund the McCleary lawsuit?

June 3, 2015 in Publications

“Levy swap” would let state lawmakers shift local school revenues to Olympia, while cutting local taxing authority

May 20, 2015 in Publications

State lawmakers are debating the merits of an idea called the “levy swap,” in which Olympia would take the money people now pay in local school taxes and redistribute it statewide, while in turn reducing the taxes people pay to local school districts.

Where the money goes in public education

April 28, 2015 in Publications

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Superintendents command top salaries while teachers and classrooms go short


Bill would provide families $5,000 a year for education

April 17, 2015 in Publications

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