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EDUCATION: Lawmakers must remember the kids

Letter by Pam Kruse, Olympia on Jan. 9, 2012 at 11:40 am with 4 Comments »
January 9, 2012 1:25 pm

Legislators are headed back to Olympia this week to somehow solve this budget mess. I hope that they remember the kids.

Remember the kids when they are proposing budgets that will eliminate crucial programs that are necessary for student success and increasing student achievement.

Remember the kids when they are proposing budget cuts that will lay off great teachers and dramatically increase class sizes.

Remember the kids when they propose even more unfunded mandates with less support and even higher class sizes because those budgets have already been cut.

It is the paramount duty of the state of Washington to fully fund public education. Remember the kids.

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  1. muckibr says:

    I would also say, also:

    Remember the kids when the issue of teacher tenure comes up. Tenure enables some teachers, who really aren’t as good at their jobs as others, to keep their jobs simply because of seniority and not based on the quality measurement of the teaching they provide.

    Most teachers are really really good at their jobs, don’t get me wrong. But, we all know of some who should probably find work in a different field, but since they have tenure they just can’t be let go.

  2. ReadNLearn says:

    Crucicial programs?

    How crucial are they? Neither I nor my sibling needed them to grow up and get jobs, and nor did my children. These so called ‘crucical’ programs are merely throwing money away…the more money spent on them, the worse the education.

  3. commoncents says:

    muck..there is no such thing as tenure in k-12 edcuation here in Washington. Yes, they have continuing contracts. But, they have evaluations, improvement plans, and most importantly they have terminations. They happen all the time…but you aren’t privy to them. Doesn’t mean they don’t happen. And, if they don’t happen to the teachers that you know should probably find work in a different field then it’s the fault of the adminstrator who is responsible for them…you know the same one that people want to give the power to set the salaries of the teachers to.

    and ReadNLearn?…evidently reading and spelling were not crucicial (sic) to your education.

  4. commoncents, is the non-tenure thing a recent change, because I worked as a non-certificated employee for two Washington school districts when they did have tenure. The reason I know is because in order to guarantee some teachers their tenure, but take them out of the classrooms for various reasons, they were assigned quasi-admin jobs and called TOSAs (Teachers On Special Assignment).

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