Monthly Archives: January 2013

Partial Days and PD

One of the State Board of Education’s 2013 legislative priorities centers around strengthening the 180-day calendar. With the loss of state professional development funding, many districts are adjusting their calendars, replacing full-day instruction with partial or half days. The use … Continue reading

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K-12 Funding Update

Three interesting K-12 funding charts shown at a recent Senate hearing, and prepared by their staff.  I’ve editorialized on the side with dialogue boxes. The first illustrates an important point – just because nominal spending has increased over time (representing … Continue reading

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Global Challenge States

The Global Challenge States, generated from Washington Learns, comprise the top eight states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s New Economy Index [NEI, 2002].  They were identified for the purpose of creating a meaningful comparison group that more closely approximates our … Continue reading

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