Letters to the Editor

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Tag: k-12


EDUCATION: TNT on target in supporting higher ed

Re: “2015 action agenda” (editorial, 1-4).

We deeply appreciate The News Tribune’s editorial urging the Legislature to protect funding for two- and four-year colleges and universities. As the editorial stated so well, the education goal line can’t stop at K-12. Washingtonians need access to higher education for well-paying jobs and a prosperous economy.

Investments in higher education flow through the students and into our economy and communities, elevating the quality of life throughout our entire state.

(Brown is executive director of  the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.)


EDUCATION: Invest early in our children

I echo the excellent advice of retired Rear Admiral Alan Steinman (Viewpoint, 1-13) to the Legislature to invest more in early learning.

The fact that 75 percent of 17- to 24-year-olds are ineligible to serve in the military is a statistic that every American should find deeply troubling. The good news is that, as Steinman writes, early education can solve a “host of problems” that lead to so many young people being ineligible to serve their country.

In addition to the positive outcomes of high-quality preschool cited by Steinman, the Perry Preschool study found that at age 27, kids

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EDUCATION: Care providers can offer insights

Re: “For kindergartners, a big day” (TNT, 9-6).

Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WAKIDS) is a great transition-to-school program for new kindergartners across Washington state. One thing the program is still missing, however, is the unique perspective child-care providers can contribute.

Many children come to elementary school on the first day already having had “early childhood education” with Head Start, Early Head Start, ECEAP (Washington’s Head Start equivalent), or child care in a licensed family home or child-care center.

According to our data, approximately 175,000 children are in child care on any given day in Washington. The providers

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