The Roundtable works to effect positive change on public policy issues that are most important to supporting state economic vitality and fostering opportunity for all Washingtonians. That work includes sharing news and analyzing policy developments affecting our state.

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Editorial Boards Across the State Criticize Anti-Charter Lawsuit

August 10th, 2016

In a move many expected, a lawsuit was filed last week to block the new public charter school law passed by the Legislature earlier this year. The lawsuit—filed by the Washington Education Association, school administrators, union groups, and others— alleges the new law contains the same constitutional flaws that caused the Supreme Court to strike down the original law passed by ballot initiative in… Read more


Around The Table: Safeco, Battelle, and Group Health

July 29th, 2016

In ‘Around The Table,’ we highlight member news and share information on industry trends. This week, we spotlight recent news from Safeco, Battelle, and Group Health. Safeco Announces ‘Make More Happen’ Award Recipients The Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award recognizes independent insurance agents across the country who demonstrate extraordinary volunteerism for a nonprofit organization. Safeco recently announced the remaining 34 agency award recipients… Read more

Charter School Students Make Impressive Gains in First Year

July 11th, 2016

Washington’s public charter schools saw encouraging student achievement gains in their first year of operation. The eight schools – located in Seattle, Kent, Tacoma and Spokane – have published results from mid-year and end-of-year assessments. Here are the highlights: At the Spokane International Academy, 58 percent of K-1 students were reading below grade level at the start of the year. In the spring,… Read more

Around The Table: Avista, Everett Clinic, Seattle Mariners

June 30th, 2016

In ‘Around The Table,’ we highlight member news and share information on industry trends. This week, we spotlight recent news from Avista, The Everett Clinic, and the Seattle Mariners. Avista Earns EEI’s “Emergency Recovery Award” for Restoration Efforts after 2015 Wind Storm  The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) presented Avista with the association’s “Emergency Recovery Award” for its outstanding power restoration efforts after a severe… Read more

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