Friday Roundup: Universal basic income, UW honored, school siting, school administrator comp, proposed Seattle income tax

There are always a few items we’ve read during the week that deserve more attention but don’t make it into our regular posts. So we bundle them for the Friday roundup.

Here’s this week’s bundle:

New Geography: Universal Basic Income: A “Social Vaccine” for Technological Displacement?

Technology leaders understand that their work contributes to displacement and inequality. In “The Disruptors: Silicon Valley Elites’ Vision of the Future,” Greg Ferenstein reports on a survey of tech leaders. He found that most agreed with Paul Graham, the highly influential web leader, that it is the “job of tech to create inequality…You can’t prevent great variations in wealth without preventing people from getting rich, and you can’t do that without preventing them from starting startups.”

…At the same time, working people have become increasingly resistant to the uncritical acceptance of workplace technology, and this contributes to the populist backlash we’re seeing in the U.S. and across Europe. 

Puget Sound Business Journal: University of Washington ranks among the 10 best public colleges

UW, which has more than 28,000 full-time undergraduate students, ranked No 7 with nearly 87 points.

The University of Michigan ranked No. 1. UW was also outranked by universities in Georgia, California, Virginia and North Carolina.

“We are pleased that the results suggest we are doing exceptionally well (at educating our students and launching them on to the next phase of their lives),” UW President Ana Mari Cauce said in a statement. “Being No. 7 puts us in great company.”

Seattle Times: Local university team is top scorer in math competition on self-driving cars

A team of math whizzes at the University of Puget Sound provided a top-rated answer in a mathematics-modeling competition that required them to examine how self-driving cars might affect traffic patterns in Greater Seattle.

Their answer? If their model is correct, self-driving cars could help lessen traffic jams.

Washington Research Council: School-siting bill clears state House, heads to governor’s desk

Legislation long sought by overcrowded school districts to grant flexibility for building new schools cleared its final legislative hurdle this week. The state House Tuesday approved changes made by the Senate last week to House Bill (or as it’s now known as, Engrossed Substitute House Bill) 1017, which allows school districts – in some circumstances – to build schools outside of the state Growth Management Act’s (GMA) mandated “urban growth areas.” 

Seattle Times: As part of McCleary fix, lawmakers may end disparities in pay for school administrators

Amid all the bickering over how to finally resolve the landmark McCleary school-funding case, there appears to be bipartisan agreement to stop giving some districts more per teacher and per administrator than others…

Lawmakers have also come up with several proposed changes for administrative pay,

Democrats in control of the House want to set a flat, statewide rate, with some extra money given to districts where it’s more expensive to hire people. Meanwhile, the GOP-led Senate has proposed dismantling the entire salary system, favoring a per-pupil funding model that allows districts more flexibility in setting pay rates. But Republicans also want to cap all school-district salaries at 80 percent of a district’s total budget.

Seattle Times: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray proposes income tax for city’s ‘high-end’ households

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will propose a city income tax on “high-end” households, he said Thursday night during a forum for mayoral candidates.

On stage with six challengers in a Lake City church, Murray said he would send a proposal in the “next few weeks” for a City Council vote. He didn’t offer many details.