Business schools get real

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday on a shift in teaching methods by M.B.A. programs:

Business schools are moving away from the case-study method—the long-held standard of business education—and asking students to resolve actual corporate dilemmas in real time.

Growth Management Act: Time for a change?

On Sept. 20, the state House Local Government Committee held a work session in Olympia to review the Growth Management Act, Washington's comprehensive land-use planning law which has been in effect for 25 years. It was part of a larger effort by the committee to consider changes to the law.

At this meeting, the topics of discussion were: 1) The pros and cons of the GMA, and 2) What works and what doesn't.

Previewing tomorrow's McCleary hearing

Tomorrow the state Supreme Court will hear arguments in the McCleary case, after which it will decide whether to continue sanctions on the Legislature. The News Tribune has a preview of what could happen.

The property tax has a long history (and plays a key role the McCleary case)

In Washington, schools are funded mainly by the property tax (levied at the state and local level). In the McCleary case on school funding, the state Supreme Court said that local levies are not dependable and regular enough to be used for basic education. 

New in the McCleary case: The AG answers the Supreme Court's questions

The attorney general’s office has responded to the state Supreme Court’s July 14 order in the McCleary case. No big surprises here -- the brief argues the contempt order should be dissolved and the sanctions ended.

How to help rural economies

As Opportunity Washington noted yesterday, while the unemployment rate in the Puget Sound region is low, it is higher in other parts of the state. 

Along those lines, Governing Magazine has an interesting story this month: "Can Counties Fix Rural America's Endless Recession?"

State Supreme Court will hear arguments in McCleary case on Sept. 7

Today the state Supreme Court ordered the parties in the McCleary school funding case to appear before the Court on Sept. 7.

How will the revenue forecast affect the budget?

Kriss wrote a few days ago that the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) increased the state revenue forecast last week. In near general fund–state plus opportunity pathways (NGFS+) terms, 2015–17 revenue is expected to increase by $308.2 million and 2017–19 revenue is expected to increase by $126.4 million.

The AG on potential additional McCleary sanctions

As required by the state Supreme Court, the Legislature submitted its 2016 report on its McCleary progress to the Court on May 18. The same day, the attorney general asked the Court to lift the contempt order and end sanctions.

Policy Today Podcast: Special Report on K-12 Funding & McCleary Ruling

Today's podcast topic is our new comprehensive report on K-12 education funding in Washington and the state Supreme Court's McCleary ruling, which mandates full state funding of basic education by 2018. We discuss the report, what the Legislature's done so far (a lot) and what it still has left to do (a lot).

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