Letters to the Editor

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Tag: basic education

Jan.
6th

EDUCATION: Funding could promote tutoring

Gov. Chris Gregoire’s response to the Washington Supreme Court ruling that that our state is not adequately funding education is a temporary increase to the sales tax. Although most people are not particularly fond of increased taxes, I believe this funding is a necessity for our state’s public school system.

Our schools can use this funding to initiate peer tutor systems and/or after-school tutoring sessions. This offers students the opportunity to ask the questions they did not get to ask during class and gives them a space to study without distraction. Having been a tutor during high school, I know

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Jan.
6th

EDUCATION: Union’s funding priorities askew

I received an email from Judi Owens, president of the Public School Employees of Washington, that included this statement:

“As the legislative session begins next week, education funding reform – including school employee insurance reform – must be at the forefront of everything lawmakers do. We must see measurable improvement in school funding beginning in 2012.”

Does she really believe that the Washington Supreme Court’s decision on education funding (TNT, 1-6) was to include the out-of-pocket health-care costs of the staff as part of basic education?

We have buildings closing, kids with fewer educational opportunities, people losing their jobs

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Jan.
5th

EDUCATION: Court needs to be more specific

Although the Washington Supreme Court has ruled that the state is not fully funding basic education, it left the interpretation of what “basic education” is to others to figure out.

RCW 28A.150.210 defines what basic education is, but does not clarify at what level the basic education ends. It defines basic education as understanding of core subject concepts in reading, writing, math, geography, history, civics, government, science, health and fitness, and fine arts. It does not define what level students must achieve at. It does not include services of special education or other extra services schools typically include as basic

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