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Seattle Times Ed Lab tackles skills gap

June 3rd, 2014

The Seattle Times hits the nail on the head with coverage of our skills gap report in today’s Ed Lab blog post. From reporter Claudia Rowe… Complaints about the dearth of students graduating from high school with adequate math and science skills have been voiced so loudly, and for so long, that they threaten to fade into background noise. But the need is… Read more

Celebrating 20 years of Partnership for Learning

May 21st, 2014

Partnership for Learning, the Roundtable’s education foundation, turns 20 this year! The staff has spent two decades working to support key education reforms that will better prepare each and every student for college and work in the 21st century economy.  Check out the Partnership’s 20th anniversary web site to get a retrospective of how far we’ve come as a state in the last… Read more

WA ranks 33rd in Chief Exec Magazine rankings

May 20th, 2014

The Washington Research Council has all the news you can use on Washington’s recent #33 ranking by Chief Executive magazine.  This annual look at the “best and worst states for business” has Washington well entrenched in the bottom of half of all states, though the state has moved from 36th to 33rd in the last year.  As the Research Council points out on… Read more

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


Washington Roundtable @waroundtable1 day agoLegislators should prioritize improving the transportation infrastructure of our state, including the U.S Highway 12 expansion, to help boost WA's growing economy, according to the @ubnews editorial board. Learn more:
Washington Roundtable @waroundtable1 day agoThank you to @amazon and @VirginiaMason for partnering to open a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Sunday in Seattle. The goal of the event is to vaccinate 2,000 eligible people on Virginia Mason's waitlist. Learn more:
Washington Roundtable @waroundtable2 days agoRT @StarbucksNews: Earlier this week, Starbucks joined @GovInslee, the WA Dept. Of Health and others to bring expertise to accelerate COVID…
Washington Roundtable @waroundtable2 days agoThe Roundtable urges WA’s 2021 Legislature to support policies that promote economic development & job growth. Check out the full list of our priorities in our 2021 Policy Agenda: #WAleg #WAedu
Washington Roundtable @waroundtable3 days agoFind out how WA businesses are creating or preserving affordable housing and advancing racial equity in our new blog: #WAbiz @amazonnews @StarbucksNews