Moving to statewide teacher bargaining is the only rational choice

We’re probably all a little sick of reading about the McCleary education funding case. It remains, however, the issue in state government, looming over everything the governor and legislature do or want to do. At SGW we’ve been pretty clear about the elements we believe are necessary to finally put the McCleary issue to rest. […]

Gregoire: “throwing money” at schools won’t solve crisis

“Former Gov. Christine Gregoire said the state’s education crisis won’t be solved simply by ‘throwing money’ at it,” the Yakima Herald-Republic reports. Gregoire visited Yakima to speak to a Rotary group in her role as head of Challenge Seattle. That point might seem obvious, but it’s been lost in the debate over funding the state’s […]

Computer science push, backed by Microsoft, aims at skills gap

When I was campaigning around the state in 2011 and 2012, I heard from many employers, especially manufacturers and tech leaders, who told me they had open jobs they couldn’t fill. So many applicants for those jobs didn’t have the skills and training that matched the job. Meanwhile, worthwhile jobs sat empty. You could dismiss […]

McKenna on KIRO: Bellevue High football investigation

KIRO 97.3’s Dave Ross asked Rob about the WIAA’s investigation of Bellevue High School’s football program over allegations of recruiting and other issues. Dave Ross: “But they didn’t go to Bellevue High School, they went to this Academic Institute, which was a private establishment, and in some cases, at least the allegation is, that their […]

Charter schools now law – Cinderella edition

For this Cinderella story, the clock striking midnight was a good thing. With a tick of the clock to midnight on Sunday, Washington joined 42 other states with charter schools. Though we would have preferred to see Governor Inslee sign the bill (and provide those students that testified and rallied at legislature a bill ceremony) we […]

Yes, Democrats’ budget proposal swipes money from K-12

It’s not often that I’m truly surprised by what happens in Olympia, but Monday was one such occasion. The choices House Democrats made in their supplemental budget proposal are bewildering. Their plan makes it harder to fund K-12 schools in the future – no matter how loudly House D’s protest that this isn’t the case. […]

Let’s stop electing the Superintendent of Public Instruction

Truly accountable government requires a few elements. To be legitimate, it must be democratically elected by the people it represents It must be accessible to citizens and transparent It needs to be consistent and fair, treating citizens equally and without corruption Constitutional boundaries and limits must be respected, and those boundaries enforced Officials’ duties and […]

Truancy boards: old idea made new again

It sounds like something from the Our Gang era, but an old idea is being made new again: truancy boards. The boards intervene to help kids who are on the wrong path, a path that may lead them to juvenile detention. It’s an idea that makes a lot more sense than locking kids up for […]

Necessary element: Dynamic school principals

If you missed last weekend’s Seattle Times profile of Foster High School in Tukwila, it’s worth a few minutes of your time. Foster has made significant strides in its graduation rate, test scores, high-level class offerings, and its internal culture. For a school like Foster – high percentages of refugees, English-as-second-language students, and poverty – […]

Final reminder: Levy reform is about fairness

Well, the final reminder of 2015, anyway. It’s important to say it one more time: levy reform is about fairness for all of our schoolkids and all of Washington’s school districts. With the Legislature set to convene in a few weeks, lawmakers need to feel the urgency to act. For far too long, many districts […]