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 by TRIP, a national transportation research group. The report concludes that increased investment in transportation improvements at the local, state and federal levels is needed to help relieve congestion, improve road and bridge conditions, boost safety, and support long-term economic growth. When asked by KOMO News, the state Department of Transportation agreed that more money was needed. But that money doesn't appear to be coming from the legislature any time soon. Despite more than a year of work and discussion, lawmakers are likely to adjourn the 2014 legislative session this week without a new statewide transportation investment package. Given this new data and the clearly demonstrated need for new investment, the lack of progress in Olympia this year is a huge missed opportunity. The costs of doing nothing are far too high.
- March 12, 2014
With just two weeks left in the legislaitve 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 Roundtable members on why the 24-credit bill in particular matters so much:
- Feb. 26, 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 for college and career. Sign the petition to support the 24-credit diploma.
- Feb. 5, 2014
You know we like tracking progress and benchmarks. This news out of Partnership for Learning this week... Education Week's annual Quality Counts report gave Washington an average grade (good for 23rd in the nation) for its state education policy and achievement. You can also access an interactive map with the report's measurables. The annual report gave Washington average grades of C in five of six categories (K-12 achievement; school finance; transitions and alignment; standards, assessments and accountability; and teaching profession). The report did give Washington a grade of B- in "chance for success" using the indicators of early foundations, school years and adult outcomes. It’s the 18th year Education Week has compiled the report.
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- Jan. 15, 2014