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In Brief

Quotation

This is a bad road we’re going down. For all their foibles, legislatures are still better places to solve public problems than the alternatives. They should try doing it again sometime.

— Danny Westneat, arguing that forsaking the legislative process will yield bad results in his column for The Seattle Times.

# Permalink (Wednesday, March 4, 2015)

Recommended Link

State Senate doing its oily best to ignore us on transportation

The Republican-controlled Washington State Senate is doing its best to ignore a plan proposed by Governor Jay Inslee that would tax big polluters to pay for transportation, writes Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat. But, as Westneat goes on to explain, public opinion research shows that the governor’s plan is popular with the people.

# Permalink (Sunday, March 1, 2015)

Permanent Defense

Statement on Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen’s ruling upholding majority rule

Responding to a point of order from Senator Steve Hobbs of Snohomish County, Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen today ruled in his capacity as President of the Washington State Senate that a rule previously adopted by Senate Republicans that requires two-third… (read more)

Thirteen Years: Statement from the Founder

Today and throughout this month, Permanent Defense celebrates its thirteenth anniversary, marking one hundred and fifty-six months of continuous operation. Since going live on February 15th, 2002, PD has steadfastly provided the Union’s Forty-Second… (read more)

NPI’s Permanent Defense ready to fight Eyman’s I-1366

This morning, Tim Eyman announced that he will once again be attempting to qualify an initiative to the ballot that would wipe out around $1 billion per year in revenue for schools and other vital public services unless, by April 2016, the Legislature pas… (read more)

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PNW Topic Hotlist

The PNW Topic Hotlist curates blog posts from local blogs based on current events. Posts categorized under topics of the moment are shown below.

  • Christine Langhoff: 15 Years of Disruption
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Reader Christine Langhoff says it is amazing that teachers and students have persevered. One big event that is missing from her catalogue of catastrophe....
  • John Thompson: What Should We Call the P....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — John Thompson, teacher and historian, engages in debate with educator and historian Larry Cuban over the proper nomenclature for those who call themselv....
  • Nevada: A Bill to Permit Prayer at Any T....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Angie Sullivan is an elementary school teacher.  She is concerned about a bill that has been introduced in the Nevada legislature that would permit chil....
  • Juan Gonzalez: Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and t....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Juan Garcia, crack investigative reporter for The New York Daily News, interviewed Jesus “Chuy” Garcia about his race against Chicago Mayor ....
  • The D.C. Centrists' Straw Men
    (Mike Lux) — One of the tiredest clichés in all of American politics -- and a favorite of D.C. "centrists" -- is that economic populism is all about beating up on th....
  • David Gamberg: The Absurdity of Evaluati....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — David Gamberg is the superintendent of two neighboring districts on the North Fork of Long Island, Southold and Greenport. He shows here how bizarre it ....
  • Teacher: Common Core Is Turning First Gr....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Peter Rawitsch is a first-grade teacher in New York. He is a National Board Certified Teacher. He has been trying to teach his class the Common Core sta....
  • I.S. 318 Wins New York State Chess Champ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — If you saw the wonderful 2012 documentary “Brooklyn Castle,” you know about I.S. 318 (if you haven’t seen it, find a copy, it is a ter....
  • A Stunning Graphic on the Failure of Tes....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford University posted this graphic on Twitter. It shows the flat lines and declines of U.S. scores on the international PI....
  • NPR: Where Have All the Teachers Gone?
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — NPR broadcast a story that identified a genuine problem—the startling decline of people entering the teaching profession– but offered incohe....

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