Opportunity Scorecard update: Washington drops to 28th

Opportunity Washington is out with the first update to its quarterly Opportunity Washington Scorecard. The Washington Research Council is a partner with Opportunity Washington on the Scorecard, which is a data-driven analysis of 50-state performance across three categories:

WSIPP projects tuition will increase 2.1 percent in 2017-19

Today the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) released a report on tuition growth factors.

Another charter-school bill is coming

*UPDATE* We've just received a copy of the bill - click here to read it.

A bipartisan group of legislators is backing legislation that will allow Washington's public charter schools to stay open. The bill "makes a series of updates which include directing charter school funding to come from the state’s Opportunity Pathways Account, which contains state lottery revenues not restricted to common schools."

Recommended reading: The current issue of AWB's Washington Business magazine

The current issue of AWB's Washington Business magazine is particularly good. The cover story (beginning on page 32) is about Washington's maritime sector and the challenges it faces (and is written by our former president, Richard Davis).

Trade and maritime activity have long defined Washington. And the industry is well positioned to thrive here for decades to come. Natural advantages, however, won’t be enough.

Policy Today podcast, Common Ground edition: Sen. Christine Rolfes on McCleary

Sen. Christine RolfesAs the 2016 state legislative session approaches, we're continuing our coverage of McCleary and K-12 education funding - this time with state Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island.

InFocus podcast: State employment, revenue forecast, charter schools & cell-phone taxes

It's time for a new state employment report, plus an update to the state revenue forecast and state budget outlook, a final decision from the state Supreme Court on charter schoo

Charter schools still unconstitutional, but Court slightly limits its ruling

Yesterday afternoon the state Supreme Court released its final decision on charter schools. A majority of five justices decided to delete footnote 10 from the original opinion finding that charter schools are unconstitutional (see page 11). Other than that, the decision stands.

Policy Today podcast, Common Ground edition: State Rep. Kristine Lytton

Rep. Kristine Lytton, D-40Continuing our in-depth look at K-12 education funding and the McCleary decision, today we're talking to state Rep. Kristine Lytton, D-Anacortes, chair of the House Finance Committee and member of the governor's legislative McCleary workgroup.

InFocus podcast: Fallout from I-1366, state revenue collections, Common Core

This week we're talking next steps after passage of Initiative 1366, the latest state revenue collections update, and Rob McKenna's defense of the Common Core education standards.