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.
February 08, 2012
"Education"--in politics, the word is all too often defined as a massive, long-standing, government-controlled institution. It's supposed to mean a process of acquiring knowledge, state control or old fashioned methods notwithstanding. The Freedom Foundation's iLearn Project has produced a new and inspiring report: Education 2.0: A catalog of innovation. Featuring some of the most promising innovations in education--new ways to better satisfy the needs of students--the report...Read more here
January 31, 2012
In January, the iLearn Project was honored to partner with Digital Learning Now! and several sponsors to host the Washington Online Learning Symposium for State Policymakers.
January 27, 2012
What About Bob?, Neon Electric Violins, a 3 year iPhone master...oh, and Online Education. This episode of Get Free has it all!
January 26, 2012
The legislature is considering a new entitlement to preschool ... in the middle of a budget crisis ... when they're considering cutting basic education ... and the State Supreme Court has ordered them to better fund basic ed. Could this possibly make sense? The short answer: No.
January 24, 2012
The Freedom Foundation's iLearn Project is showing the way forward for Washington's students. In the world of the smart phone and the iPad, it's unconscionable that we continue doing school like we did in the 1950s. We can do better, and a recent iLearn event helped legislators catch that vision.
January 10, 2012
With the budget deficit looming, what will the state of WA do? We analyze what your legislator is doing and tell you how you can get informed and stay involved.
October 17, 2011
It can be tricky to make the right decision when it comes to voting on an initiative. More often than not you dont have enough information to make a confident choice either way. But now you can get the unbiased facts about the 2011 Washington initiatives by reading our Initiative Guide! We cover everything you need to know to make a good decision about I-1125, I-1163, and I-1183, as well as SJR 8205 and SJR 8206.
October 14, 2011
Destiny had many learning needs. After joining the Ward family, she entered first grade for the second time. At that point she had never completed a single school year in one school. She couldn't spell her name or count to five on her fingers.
Now she has a future.
September 22, 2011
In this week's episode we talk about the recent Tacoma teacher strikes. Judges are bringing down the strong hand of the law!
June 03, 2011
With the legislative session over we look back at what happened in Olympia throughout the last 4 months. Who were the winners and losers this legislative session.
April 15, 2011
In Olympia and across the state the budget battle wages on. Last week the House of Representatives proposed cutting Basic Education Allocations to Alternative Learning Experience Programs by 19.9 percent. This week the Senate's budget proposal includes a 10 percent cut--better, but still bad.
March 25, 2011
You might remember Riya from one of the iLearn Project's very first Pioneer Profiles. Since then she has been working away at her online schooling and continues to excel. Watch the video below for a closer look at how online public education meets the needs of this academically-driven young lady. Without it, what would happen to all that potential. This is one more example that one-size-doesn't-fit-all, and we owe it to our kids to offer options
March 17, 2011
Planning to go to Online Learning Day at the Capitol? When you're there, be sure you take a few minutes to visit your legislator. When it comes to online learning, you are the expert. Don't be shy; they need to hear from you.
Here are a few tips to help you prepare.
March 01, 2011
This week on Olympia Weekly, we recap Saturday's competing rallies at the State Capitol, discuss a proposed temporary increase in teacher retirement benefits, and review bills that increase regulation and criminalize conduct that isn't inherently harmful--including how you tie up your dog.
January 20, 2011
We dont like to think about it, but many children are in pain. Childhood illnesses are simply a factor of the world we live in. Wouldnt it be great if we could make life easier for those kids and their families by creating a school just for them? We can. Online public schooling options make this possible.
Hundreds of people read Jadens story about being an energetic eight-year-old and having Idiopathic Rheumatoid Arthritis. Her parents knew she would have u...Read more here
January 11, 2011
A weekly look at what's happening at the State Capitol during this legislative session. This week our panelists talk about the Governor's shake up, the supplemental budget, the State's credit rating and the Governor's "reforms".
December 10, 2010
Could online learning be the answer to giving parents more choice and fixing our education system?
November 18, 2010
This the story of how online learning has changed the outlook for Ryan Fox, an autistic student from a small rural town.
For more information on Ryans story, visit ilearnproject.com
September 30, 2010
In the spring of 2009 16-year-old Breon Johnson was on the verge of giving up on school for good. With a report card full of Ds and Fs, success seemed out of reach.
What was the problem? Why did this bright, energetic student have such a hard time learning?