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ELECTION: Nathan Schlicher holds our best values at heart

In order for our state economy to thrive, and our nation to compete in the ever-evolving, increasingly complex global economy, education must be the top priority in our state budget. In 2012, the state Supreme Court voted to uphold the McCleary decision, sanctioning that the paramount duty of the state government is to fully fund public education.

State Sen. Nathan Schlicher makes education his top priority. This June, he voted in favor of House Bill 2075, which closed a tax loophole and put $160 million into funding public education. Having worked his way through the public school system in Bremerton,

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EDUCATION: Profit motive in school ‘reform’

Peter Callaghan (column, 2-17) laments that school reform proposals have become partisan. He is being willfully naive.

Yes, all school reform proposals have become politicized because almost no school “reform” bill comes from original ideas in the state where it is proposed. Any school reform bill needs scrutinizing to see if it is opening avenues for money to be extracted from our schools or setting the groundwork for later actions that will redistribute the wealth of the schools to private corporations.

Confiscation of our tax dollars under the guise of “reform” is the expertise of ALEC – the American

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EDUCATION: Funding must get on track

The Washington Supreme Court’s 2009 McCleary decision was a powerful ruling in favor of the citizens of Washington, specifically those affected by the underfunding of public education.

This decision made the state responsible for not meeting the unique mandate of our state constitution, which states that “It is the paramount duty of the State to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders” (Article IX, §1). This particular mandate values each citizen getting a fair K-12 education.

This year, the court found that the state was not in compliance with the decision, as there was

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