Education Blog Posts

Education Blog Posts

Students and parents in Washington State are not getting their money's worth, especially given how much the state spends per pupil. Stagnant test scores and embarrassing graduation rates are the results.

We analyze reform efforts and recommend solutions to bring Washington students a World Class education system to meet 21st Century needs.

April 14, 2014

WEA endorses parent choice and other strangeness

WEA recently held its annual "Representative Assembly" and approved a policy statement that would seem to support parent choice.

April 11, 2014

5 Facts about Education Funding

Here are five key education funding facts to put you in the know about the state's most expensive program.

March 26, 2014

How much is WEA Union Dues?

Average union dues for teachers are just about $1,000 per year! See all dues by district.

March 14, 2014

Union Kills Accountability

Government unions' push job security for public employees. The WEA's defeat of a small measure of accountability is a clear, costly example.

March 12, 2014

Monopoly Tinkering or School Choice?

The fast track for accountability and better education services is school choice, not just tinkering with the current monopoly.

March 11, 2014

Unions Seek Service Cuts for Raises

House Bill 1348 shows how unions work against those who receive services from public agencies and leave taxpayers paying more for less.

February 12, 2014

Good Practice: Issaquah School District

Before going into negotiations with the union special interest group, the Issaquah School Board evaluated results of a Parent Teacher Student Association "Community Values Survey." Knowing the service levels desired by nearly 1,000 parents will help district leaders focus on community interests...Read more here

February 07, 2014

Bad Contract: Mukilteo School District

The Mukilteo School Board spends half the levy on enhancements to employee wages, almost entirely for no additional services to students. Upcoming union contract-required raises could explain the higher levy request.

January 17, 2014

Levy for Pay Increases

Next month, many school districts will ask citizens to pass a local property tax levy to help fund their operations, and unions already know where they want this money funneled (hint: it's not to students).

December 13, 2013

Charter Schools Are Coming

Yesterday, a King County judge ruled to uphold the law permitting families to have more schooling options. Be on the lookout for new kinds of public schools opening this fall.