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Alright Bezos, it’s time to step up on affordable housing

There’s just not enough affordable housing. The city and region need 50,000 more permanently affordable apartments pretty much immediately – if that were possible –…

Until we can do better, build more tiny homes

In the search for housing for the homeless “we need more landlords to be engaged,” said Lauren McGowan, director of Financial Stability for United Way…

Distilling one message from the Occupy grabbag of protest

For a month now, everyone’s analyzed Occupy Wall Street and its clones almost to death.  The diehards are still there, of course, but the encampments…

A national expert asks: Have unions stymied education reform?

The thesis of Stanford University political science professor Terry Moe’s critique of teachers unions, Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools (Brookings, 2011), is…

Seattle Schools’ report card: faltering progress on academic goals

Each year about this time Seattle School Board members evaluate their only employee, the district’s superintendent. With an interim superintendent on the job only a…

How Seattle schools can solve its capacity problem

The Seattle School District faces a costly dilemma. A growing school-age population is increasing enrollment, and district planners have already started briefing the school board…

The reasons given for firing Ingraham High principal just don’t add up

There are real weaknesses in the arguments that Susan Enfield, Seattle Public Schools' interim superintendent, has offered to explain why she canned Ingraham High School Principal…

Rounding up the usual sentiments on K-12 education

If you put half a dozen well-known education reformers all on the same panel, including personalities like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Chester Finn, who…

Why we are failing to teach every child to read

In a recent article I wrote that when educators set student progress goals in terms of averages, particularly with regard to “closing the achievement gap”…

Want to help school kids? Here are two places to start

There’s hardly an issue more perennially popular with politicians than education. How many education governors have we had now? Legislators willing to opine are legion.…

Education ‘group think’ gets in the way of teaching kids to read

For more than two decades now, the Seattle school district has been telling us that its most important goal is “closing the achievement gap.” Nevertheless,…

Expecting too much of a superintendent is part of the problem

It’s time for Seattle Public Schools and the School Board to do nothing – or at least very little. There are competing aphorisms here. One…

An unwise raise for the Port chief

It would be difficult to miss the debate over public employee pay and public employee unions now raging in this country. Given that, it’s hard…

Public employees’ pay: What’s missing is context

In a study they hoped would answer the question “Who gets paid more, state workers or those in the private sector?”, New York Times writers…

Gregoire’s educational reforms: good luck on that

Gov. Gregoire's' bold new proposals for an integrated education department? Great in concept (in fact, much needed). Hard to do. Even harder to insure better…
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