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New York has “bold vision” for start-up talent; what about Washington?

July 22nd, 2013

From the WashACE blog today… Seattle Times columnists Briar Dudley has a fascinating look at the full-court press New York City is employing to attract entrepreneurial talent and nurture a robust start-up culture.  The centerpiece is a new $2 billion university – Cornell NYC Tech – whose outreach reportedly will be closely intertwined with expertise from heavy hitter employers for which any city… Read more

New COST study: Washington ranks 9th highest for business taxes

July 18th, 2013

The Council on State Taxation (COST) recently released its annual report on state and local business taxes and, again, Washington’s business tax structure isn’t stacking up all that well.  As reported on the Washington Research Council blog, taxes paid by businesses were 53.9 of percent total state and local taxes in Washington for FY 2012. Washington ranked 9th highest among the states in… Read more

ReadyWA “Real Learning for Real Life” campaign launches

June 20th, 2013

Check out the “Real Learning for Real Life” campaign that launched today. It’s aim is to help parents and the public better understand the Common Core State Standards. These K-12 learning standards in math and English language arts will be fully implemented in Washington public schools at every grade level during the next school year.  They are key to ensuring every child has access… Read more

Nearly a quarter of nation’s kids still not graduating

June 6th, 2013

Ripped from the headlines of Education Week: Nation’s Graduation Rate Nears a Milestone “At the beginning of the last decade, before concerns about the nation’s graduation rate ascended to prominence on the policy agenda, only about two-thirds of U.S. public school students were finishing high school with a regular diploma. A new analysis from the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center finds that… Read more

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