Teachers Unions in Washington State continue to be reticent to return to full-time in person classes for Public School Students.  

According to Burbio’s K-12 School Opening Tracker Washington’s Public School system continues to lag way behind other states in the country as the allocation per student from the state stays at over $15,000 (In Seattle, the largest district in the state, the cost is over $19,000 per student). In addition this year, districts have had over a 4% reduction in student counts in most cases because parents, who can, are finding alternatives to public education.

Meanwhile most private schools have been back full time since fall without any outbreaks of note.

Health officials, the Governor, the President, and many other leaders have noted its time to go back to full-time student learning.  See the story from Late November here.

Other education professionals continue to say that those children who are most vulnerable in the state seem to be the lowest priority in getting back to in person learning.  It looks to contradict claims by Washington State Teacher’s Unions that their number one priority is and always has been “the children”.

Yet in Washington our students get farther and farther behind in learning and cannot have access to daily in-person safe teaching.

Liv Finne Washington Policy Center Education Director

Here is the source from the following Spreadsheet.  See what Liv Finne from the Washington Policy Center has to say about Unions, the legislature, and Washington rating 47th out of 50 in returning students to in person learning in this state.

Rank State % of  Students In Person
1 Iowa 100.00%
2 Montana 100.00%
3 Wyoming 100.00%
4 Florida 99.90%
5 Arkansas 96.80%
6 Nebraska 94.00%
7 North Dakota 92.40%
8 Texas 90.80%
9 Utah 90.20%
10 South Carolina 87.60%
11 South Dakota 85.20%
12 Indiana 84.70%
13 Georgia 84.60%
14 Louisiana 84.40%
15 Mississippi 81.20%
16 Alabama 79.40%
17 Vermont 79.20%
18 Kansas 78.50%
19 West Virginia 78.20%
20 Colorado 77.10%
21 Missouri 75.50%
22 Tennessee 72.50%
23 Idaho 70.60%
24 Arizona 68.60%
25 Oklahoma 67.50%
26 Alaska 64.20%
27 Rhode Island 61.70%
28 Connecticut 59.60%
29 Delaware 59.50%
30 Michigan 57.80%
31 New Hampshire 57.30%
32 Minnesota 56.80%
33 Ohio 55.70%
34 North Carolina 52.60%
35 Maine 50.00%
36 Pennsylvania 49.40%
37 New York 49.00%
38 Wisconsin 48.40%
39 Kentucky 47.70%
40 Illinois 37.60%
41 New Jersey 33.30%
42 Massachusetts 31.40%
43 Virginia 28.40%
44 Nevada 23.40%
45 Hawaii 23.10%
46 New Mexico 21.30%
47 Washington 19.20%
48 Oregon 12.80%
49 California 11.10%
50 Maryland 9.80%

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