Re: “Education: Expect lighter pocketbooks” (letter, 8-5).
The writer frets that education in our state might cost him more money as an individual, but he ignores the terrible social cost of ignorance. Instead of polling children, he might consider that for the common good all of us need to work together to prepare our young people to enter the emerging high-tech workforce (a key to higher employment rates).
This priority is underscored by our state constitution’s mandate: Universal education is state government’s “paramount duty.”
As governor, Jay Inslee would implement his core vision for education, a vision that reaches far beyond simply more money and more educator training (which his opponent focuses on). Inslee’s vision would engage all sectors of local communities – educators, families, businesses and neighbors – to work together to educate the young.
With Inslee’s communitarian vision, education could be so much more than a greater burden for the taxpayer; education is the foundation for future success and prosperity for us all, including concerned citizens like the letter writer.