Education

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.

Publications

McCleary plaintiffs urge Supreme Court into increasingly worrisome unchartered 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.

Let’s stop the WEA’s lawsuit against mothers who choose charter schools for their children

May 12, 2014 in Publications

Last week was National Charter School Week and Mother’s Day.  What better gift could we have given to the mothers of children in Washington state than to drop the ongoing effort to stop kids from attending a charter school?

Legal analysis: Constitutional implications of Washington Supreme Court's remedy in McCleary vs. State

April 2, 2014 in Publications

Introduction

Washington Policy Center recently asked Judge Phil Talmadge to review the state supreme court’s January 2012 decision in McCleary v. State of Washington. Judge Talmadge served as a supreme court justice from 1995 to 2001 and was a state senator representing West Seattle from 1979 to 1995.

Local levies help teachers get pay raises

March 20, 2014 in Publications

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.

Economic model shows Superintendent Dorn’s proposed tax increases would cost 18,500 jobs

March 3, 2014 in Publications

Key Findings

Does increasing public school spending improve learning outcomes for children?

February 11, 2014 in Publications

Key Findings

  • 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?