April 11, 2016
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Global 'trust barometer' shows businesses in a unique position of strength

There is good news for business and innovators in the 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer. The annual survey shows the informed public is regaining trust in the government, business, non-government organizations and the media to do what is right.

It’s a different story for those with less news and educational engagement. Edelman president and CEO Richard Edelman says a "deeply disturbing trust gap" remains between elite and mass populations and that trust levels for 85 percent of the population haven’t really budged since the Great Recession.

The general population sees business as the institution best able to keep pace with rapid change, ranking it well above government and NGOs.

A decisive 80 percent of the general public expects that business can both increase profits and improve the economic and social conditions of the communities and countries in which they operate, according to the report.

The full Edelman Trust Barometer is online here. AWB’s blog, Olympia Business Watch, takes a deeper dive here.

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It's time to move forward on charter schools

By Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education and an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington Bothell

Charter schools aren't some magic solution. But they are proving themselves a valued component of 21st-century public schooling by demonstrating what's possible when schools are freed from certain rules and regulations in exchange for being held accountable for student outcomes. Far from a distraction, charter schools are here to stay. Far from damaging public education, when ably implemented, charter schools enrich and strengthen the fabric of public education.

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