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 […]

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 […]

What happened last week?

State Rep. JT Wilcox shares his perspective on House Republicans’ united front during last week’s debate over the charter schools “fix” bill.

Charter opponents’ rhetoric shows why they lost

It’s a great day. After much turmoil, a compromise bill to save Washington’s public charter schools passed the House last night. Ten Democrats, under intense pressure to vote against charter schools, broke ranks and stood up for students on the bill’s final passage. We should all be thankful to them for following their conscience. Ignore […]

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. […]

Charters aren’t an ‘experiment’; test scores positive

Tacoma’s two charter schools recently gave the News Tribune an update on their test scores and operations, and it’s positive news. These two schools are proving their value to Tacoma as alternatives for some families for whom regular public schools have not been a good fit. Of course, we call them charter schools, but for […]