Archives: Washington Policy Watch

$88 million for out-of-state shoppers or kindergarten for thousands of Washington children?

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Alex Stone | February 25, 2011

From LivingGreedy.com: vs. Hey neighbor, can you spare 6%? We like visitors from Oregon, Montana, and Canada, and we like it when they shop here too, but not enough to pay their sales tax for them. That’s why we think it’s a pretty sweet deal to trade in the sales tax refund for out-of-state shoppers to save

How you can keep Washington’s schools strong — even during a budget crisis

Aaron Keating | January 25, 2010

If this is what is happening in Bellevue, imagine what’s happening in the rest of the state: “This year’s [2009] budget cuts resulted in 60 Bellevue teachers losing their jobs, elimination of all librarians in secondary schools, and larger class sizes for all students. In my school we had to eliminate popular

News and Views: From school-readiness to college degrees, the changing face of education in America

Alex Stone | January 20, 2010

Today’s News and Views examines the changing faces of early education and community college. A national study evaluating the  Head Start school readiness program have shown lackluster results, leading the Department of Health and Human Services to announce changes intended to improve teacher training and prog

Guess what Washington’s budget has in store for your school district? Find out here.

Alex Stone | January 14, 2010

The current state budget proposal relies on huge budget cuts to K-12 schools, higher education, health care, public safety and other important services. Those cuts will devastate Washington families and jeopardize the future of our state’s children. See how it will affect your local school district here. But

News and Views: What makes a great teacher? Plus: Education reform must begin with funding. And: Early Childhood Teachers — Do Qualifications Matter?

Aaron Keating | January 11, 2010

Three contrasting perspectives on how to ensure America’s schools deliver the best education possible to students: What Makes A Great Teacher? | The Atlantic | For years, the secrets to great teaching have seemed more like alchemy than science, a mix of motivational mumbo jumbo and misty-eyed tales of inspira

Does Your Child Care Center Provide Paid Sick Days?

Economic Opportunity Institute | December 22, 2009

By Karen Pesapane, National Partnership for Women and Families The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeps updating its guidelines to help child care and early childhood programs – – and all of us – – respond to influenza during the 2009-2010 flu season. Guidelines for providers include separating ch

Our state can, and must, do better in education

John Burbank | September 16, 2009

Reprinted from the Everett Herald: Last week the deputy mayor of Helsinki, Finland, was a guest at our home. As soon as he and his wife arrived, we hopped in the car and went to the opening high school cross country meet in Seattle. They didn’t have a choice — I am an assistant coach for my kids’ old high sch

Washington State early learning efforts gain private support. Plus: Teaching democracy by improving school lunches

Aaron Keating | September 10, 2009

A Private Infusion of Cash for Two Early Learning Programs in Washington State: In August, the Gates Foundation and Thrive by Five announced grants totaling $8 million for two early learning programs in the state of Washington. The White Center Early Learning Initiative and East Yakima’s Ready by Five program

New federal education dollars may not come Washington’s way. Plus: Oregonians get a health care cost estimator; Student loan reforms could fund early childhood ed initiative; and Federal minimum wage to increase

Aaron Keating | July 23, 2009

Feds Could Ixnay New Education Funding for Washington: The Everett Herald reports that Washington State may not qualify for a chunk of $4.35 billion in federal stimulus money to be passed out early next year. Have You Checked Your Health Care Cost Estimator? If you lived in Oregon, you could. Starting July 1,

Did someone declare July ‘Pick on the States Month’? Plus: Brits assess Washington’s economic prospects; Bremerton’s prek-3rd strategy sees success; and Health care costs in context

Aaron Keating | July 21, 2009

Did Someone Declare July ‘Pick on the States’ Month? James Surowiecki and Neil Pierce take the states – all 50 of them – to task for failing to take on critical social, economic and educational challenges. Not by Aircraft Alone: The Economist offers a more or less upbeat look at Washington’s prospects for eme

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