I see that Gov. Chris Gregoire is urging her successor to find new funding to support the schools (TNT, 5-3). I would beg to differ and suggest that her successor search for economies instead.
I say this from the viewpoint of my 87-year-old memory banks and several years of volunteering in the local elementary schools.
• Textbooks: When I was a child, parents were expected to purchase the students’ books each year. The book store would then buy them back at the end of the year. Depending on the condition, the turn-in value could be almost as much as the purchase value. This also has the advantage of teaching the student responsibility. Texts were used for several years before a new or revised edition replaced it.
Today, texts are replaced almost on an annual basis. Take math as an example. When a new theory on teaching math is put forth, new books are ordered. A year or so later it happens again. Result: The poor students become so confused that they never do grasp the essentials of math.
• Administration: There is little doubt that empires have been built. We had a superintendent for the entire county, no assistants.
• Sports: The overemphasis just was not there back then. But I will not get into that because of the emotional issues.
Just a few thoughts from an old geezer.