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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New study blasts WA’s transportation system

March 12th, 2014

Driving on deficient roads costs Seattle-area drivers an average $1,845 per year and Spokane-area drivers an average $1,423 per year, says a new report.  Roads and bridges that are deficient, congested or lack desirable safety features cost Washington motorists a total of $6.5 billion statewide due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic accidents and congestion-related delays according to a study released this week… Read more

Strong support for 24-credit diploma

February 26th, 2014

With just two weeks left in the legislative session, it’s encouraging to see continued progress this week on education policy.  The House Education Committee moved the 24-credit diploma bill. We’re also anticipating a new bill will drop to make a necessary change in the state’s teacher and principal evaluation system.  These are high priorities for the last weeks of the session.  More from… Read more

Seattle Times: What does our diploma mean?

February 5th, 2014

From The Seattle Times: There is little argument about the facts: Fewer than half of all graduating high school seniors in Washington meet basic requirements for admission to public universities, and hundreds of employers say our high school graduates do not have adequate skills in reading, writing or math — even for low-level jobs. It’s time for a diploma that prepares every student… Read more

Support for 24-credit diploma – sign the petition!

January 28th, 2014

We’ve long been supporters of a high school diploma that ensures every graduate is ready for college and work. Washington is getting closer. The Senate Early Learning & K-12 Committee yesterday heard testimony on SB 6092, a bill that will implement the State Board of Education’s recommended 24-credit high school diploma. The House Education Committee heard testimony on their version of the bill,… Read more

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