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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Roundtable sets priorities for 2014

December 17th, 2013

Focus on transportation investment, career & college readiness, closing the skills gap Our priorities for the upcoming legislative session are outlined in our newly released 2014 Policy Agenda.  Each year the Roundtable board puts forward a discrete list of policy priorities aimed at making Washington a top 10 state for innovation and quality of life while also ensuring a competitive environment for business.  Key among… Read more

America’s Edge: new skills gap report

December 16th, 2013

America’s Edge and the Association of Washington Business released a new report today, “Ensuring Washington State’s Global Success,” highlighting the skills gap and the struggle that employers have in finding qualified candidates in Washington state.  As you’ll read in our 2014 Policy Agenda and our report from Boston Consulting Group, “Great Jobs Within Our Reach,” closing the skills gap is essential to growing… Read more

NYT: Achievement gains with Common Core

November 20th, 2013

The New York Times today editorializes on gains in student achievement in areas where Common Core State Standards have been implemented.  This early data is encouraging for what’s to come as other states across the country move toward full implementation.  As the NYT reports: “Two examples are the District of Columbia and Tennessee, among the first to install more ambitious standards and teacher evaluations…. Read more

WA takes lead with NextGen science standards

October 7th, 2013

On Friday, Gov. Inslee and State Superintendent Randy Dorn announced that Washington will be the eighth state in the nation to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards. This is a solid move for Washington and a great step for our kids. It’s about setting expectations for what students should know by the end of every grade level in the major areas of science…. Read more

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