McKenna on KIRO: Schools funding and your property taxes

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the state Supreme Court’s latest hearing in the McCleary education funding case, and the likelihood of changes to your property taxes. Dave Ross: “But then [less wealthy school districts] would get more money for their schools, presumably, than they’re getting now.” Rob McKenna: “Right. Relying on local […]

GOP “annoyed” at Inslee’s tuition claims? GOP right about Inslee’s tuition claims

Before we get down to the heart of the matter, I’d like to take up this headline a moment: “GOP annoyed Gov. Inslee is taking credit for college-tuition cuts.” You’d really have to work at it (and headline writing is an art) to more clearly convey the idea, “Mere partisan squabble, don’t bother reading.” It […]

One college is telling new students: don’t expect any “trigger warnings” or “safe spaces”

At a time when free speech has been under attack on our college campuses in so many ways, one university is telling incoming freshmen that it won’t be following down the same path. That the school is where I earned my law degree, the University of Chicago, just makes the story that much better. This […]

McKenna on KIRO: Unions suing to stop charter schools, again

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the latest lawsuit to stop charter schools. The state teachers union is joined by other non-education unions in the suit to block state funding for the schools. Dave Ross: “Part of the problem, of course, is that these charter schools are not unionized. I know that’s one of […]

State’s filing cuts to heart of problem with court’s McCleary approach

You’ve got to hand it to the Attorney General’s Office: its latest filing in the McCleary lawsuit cuts right to the heart of how the Supreme Court has mishandled the case. In 2014 the court found the Legislature in contempt for not having a written “plan” to fully fund K-12 education. Last summer, the court levied sanctions […]

State Superintendent sues districts for funding basic education?

It looks like one of those double-take-inducing man-bites-dog stories. The state’s top schools official is suing seven large schools districts for spending money on education? Randy Dorn, the outgoing Superintendent of Public Instruction, filed suit last week against seven school districts for spending local levy money in impermissible ways. Much of that impermissible spending goes […]

Supreme Court’s McCleary oversight has complicated rather than clarified

It’s the single biggest issue facing state government, the one thing on which not just K-12 but all parts of the state budget hinge. You’d think, then, that the challenges facing legislators in meeting the McCleary decision are as clear as day. Instead, they’re about as clear as mud. How much will legislators need to […]

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. […]

New WSU pres calls for spending sanity

You hear terms like “fiscal sanity” and “responsible budgeting” bandied about in government. Unfortunately you’re a lot more likely to hear it from critics and candidates than agency heads and bureaucrats. The focus from those spending the money tends to be on growing their budget, getting a bigger share of the revenue pie, and expanding […]

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 […]