Update on Higher Education Tuition

Last week, we posted a policy brief comparing the House and Senate budgets’ treatments of higher education. Both budgets propose significant tuition hikes on state-resident undergraduate students, with the increases in the Senate budget somewhat greater than those in the House budget (11–16 percent vs. 11–13 percent).

New Brief on Higher Education in the 2011-13 Budgets

We have posted a new policy brief on higher education in the House and Senate budgets, titled "Higher Education: State Funding Down, Tuition Up." It is available through this link.


New Brief on How Public Schools Fare in 2011-13 Budgets

Following last week's brief on proposed 2011-13 expenditures in the human services budget area, today we take a look at public schools.  (See also this brief for an overview of the House and Senate budget plans.)

Keeping the best teachers in the classroom when it's necessary to downsize

That's my subject in today's Everett Herald column.

Right now, layoffs are handled by seniority -- last hired, first fired, with no regard for teacher performance. A pair of bills (HB 1609 and SB 5399) would create a performance-based system for staff reductions.

An Oscar miss on an education breakthrough

As I rarely go to movies and don't own a TV, my thoughts on the Academy Awards are not worth sharing. So I'll just refer you to AWB president Don Brunell's post on Waiting for Superman.


Tuition Transfer Update

As I discussed in an earlier post, the Senate version of the early action supplemental budget cut general fund–state funding to the higher education coordinating board (HEC Board) for the state need grant by $25.4 million. The Senate supplemental budget backfilled this loss in two steps.

Tuition Transfer

This follow-up to Emily’s earlier post on the Senate’s early action supplemental budget proposal (Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1086) provides a bit more detail with respect to higher education.

Reducing the number of elected state officials and increasing accountability

That's the theme of my column today.

The Research Council has looked at the issue many times over the years. Gov. Gregoire's call for education reorganization, with specific implications for the elected superintendent of public instruction, raises the question: why stop there?

Let me know what you think.

About Those Tuition Increases...

The theme of this week's posts at the Becker-Posner blog is tuition increases at public universities. 

Posner argues that keeping tuition low for all students--regardless of ability to pay--is unwarranted: