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.


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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“You just want to see your child succeed, you just want to see them do well...”
-Katie Swingle, school choice advocate and public school parent

Let’s make sure teachers get the classroom support they need

March 11, 2015 in Publications

In a recent article published by the union newsletter The Stand, public school math teacher Mrs. Emerson from Woodinville, in the Northshore school district, seeks to explain why the extra $2.7 billion the state is receiving is not enough to provide people with essential services, such as public education (the revised figure for the state is $3.2 billion in extra revenue). She reports, “I pay $1,000 a year of my own money to provide my students with basic learning tools such as paper, pencils, and binders.”