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SCHOOLS: Higher tax isn’t the funding answer

Letter by Larry Vevig, Lakewood on Jan. 5, 2012 at 11:31 am | 12 Comments »
January 5, 2012 3:01 pm

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that our state is not adequately funding basic education as outlined in the state constitution.

On the surface this sounds like a good thing, but our governor’s first response is to come right back by calling for an additional .5 cent sales tax to address this issue.

I propose we take another tack. The payroll of our education system is more than 50 percent non-teaching positions. Do we really need that many support and administrative positions? The education system has become bloated with mid-management and administrative positions, much like many corporations in our country.

I realize that talking about removing any of these positions means some are going to lose their jobs, but hard decisions must be made. Over the last 20 or more years we have seen school spending grow with little to show for it. We are turning out high school graduates who cannot even make change without using a calculator.

The schools need to learn the same lesson that needs to be learned in all areas of government: Stop spending money you don’t have! We as individuals must live within our means. So must our government.

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