McKinsey study shows COVID learning losses may permanently hurt an entire generation of students
According to a new study from McKinsey and Co, the effects of the COVID school shutdowns may “depress this generation’s prospects and constrict their opportunities far into adulthood.”
The study shows students are four to six months behind in reading and math. Students in low-income schools are seven months behind in their learning. McKinsey says that unless students can recover these losses, the impact on their lives could be permanent:
The fallout from the pandemic threatens to depress this generation’s prospects and constrict their opportunities far into adulthood. The ripple effects may undermine their chances of attending college and ultimately finding a fulfilling job that enables them to support a family.
Washington’s public school system has failed the test of COVID. The WEA union kept public schools closed for nearly the entire 2020-21 school year, when private schools and public charter schools found ways to teach effectively and even safely reopen. State Superintendent Reykdal cancelled state tests in May, so no one knows the full extent of COVID learning loss. Under the influence of the WEA union, lawmakers funded empty seats in the classrooms, and passed SB 5044, SB 5227, SB 5228, and SB 5194, requiring school employees to receive trainings in divisive and harmful Critical Race Theory content.
By contrast, other states responded to COVID by giving families direct education help.Read the entire blog
Yakima City Council advances local income tax ban charter amendment to voters
I-82 is fast on its way to becoming Washington’s local income tax ban highway. The Yakima City Council on Monday night voted to place a charter amendment to ban a local income tax on the November 2021 ballot for voters to consider. A similar proposal was adopted by 72% of Spokane voters (also a charter city) in 2019. Last month, the Battle Ground City Council unanimously adopted a resolution in opposition to a local income tax. Similar resolutions have also been adopted in Granger and Spokane Valley. The Union Gap City Council is also set to adopt a local income tax ban resolution next week.Read the entire blog
More patient-centered health care arrives in Washington state
It's a good week for telemedicine. On July 25, some of our favorite ideas that encourage patient-centered health care were implemented. The pandemic gave Washington state lawmakers — and the rest of us — an increased awareness of the opportunities that telemedicine can provide, and the Legislature passed helpful telehealth laws this year.
Those laws included allowing physician-to-physician consultation across state lines and making telemedicine visits reimbursable. In Covid times, these commonsensical ideas advocated by Washington Policy Center and others were tried, proved themselves useful and received bipartisan support.Read the entire blog