school funding http://kuow.org en Should Washington State Get Out Of The Prepaid Tuition Business? http://kuow.org/post/should-washington-state-get-out-prepaid-tuition-business <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Increases in tuition and investment shortfalls have left Washington state's Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program with a nearly 20 percent funding gap.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom says it's time for the state to get out of the prepaid tuition business. Tom&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">says that if everyone now enrolled in the program wanted their money right now, the program would be short $631 million. The State Actuary puts the chances of GET not being able to meet its obligations at about one percent.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should Washington state end the GET program?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We take a closer look.</span><br> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 6828 at http://kuow.org State Legislature Convenes In Olympia http://kuow.org/post/state-legislature-convenes-olympia <p></p><p><br>Today marks the start of the Washington State Legislature’s 2013 regular session. Lawmakers have their sights set on education as a top priority — they'll be looking at both funding and measuring student success. They’ll also be working with a new governor, Jay Inslee, and a new balance of power in the state Senate. <a href="http://publicola.com">Publicola</a>'s&nbsp;Josh Feit joins us with a preview. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 6447 at http://kuow.org State Legislature Convenes In Olympia What Does Adequate School Funding Look Like? http://kuow.org/post/what-does-adequate-school-funding-look <p>The Supreme Court of Washington ruled earlier this year that the state is not meeting its constitutional duty to fully fund public education. What does a well-funded school system look like? We talk with&nbsp;<a href="http://dianeravitch.com">Diane Ravitch</a>, research professor of education at New York University.</p><p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 3253 at http://kuow.org What Does Adequate School Funding Look Like?