Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: school funding

Feb.
17th

TAXES: Don’t discard school bond supermajority requirement

Re: “Majority enough for school bond elections?” (TNT, 2-15).

Washington voters have affirmed the two-thirds vote requirement for tax increases five times during the past 20 years. School bonds only require a 60 percent voter approval before the burden of new taxes is levied on the backs of property owners. This voter approval threshold is the only protection property owners have to restrain the temptation of new taxes by school districts.

Only 1 in 10 houses sold in Pierce County in 2013 was bought by individual homeowners. With the majority of the remaining homes being bought by major private investment firms to become

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Feb.
16th

SCHOOLS: Why allow minority to decide on funding?

Re: “Majority enough for school bond elections?” (TNT, 2-15).

The article describing how the Legislature is considering putting to a vote changing the state constitution to allow a simple majority vote to decide school bond proposals brings to mind some questions.

Since the state constitution states that “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders,” why are votes required to fund schools since it is directed as a responsibility of the Legislature? The Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature to do as the constitution requires.

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Jan.
16th

SCHOOLS: Court rightly holds lawmakers accountable

I disagree with Richard S. Davis regarding the recent ruling by the Washington Supreme Court on school funding (column, 1-11).

State and federal governments operate under a system of checks and balances. The supreme court carried out its valid role in issuing its opinion that the Legislature has failed to adequately fund public schools. I think the court’s action provides needed publicity and support for what Davis describes as “adequacy lawsuits.”

This “cottage industry” he refers to includes parents as well as educators, economists and attorneys. Parents and their children are the biggest losers when state lawmakers fail to

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Jan.
5th

SCHOOLS: Higher tax isn’t the funding answer

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that our state is not adequately funding basic education as outlined in the state constitution.

On the surface this sounds like a good thing, but our governor’s first response is to come right back by calling for an additional .5 cent sales tax to address this issue.

I propose we take another tack. The payroll of our education system is more than 50 percent non-teaching positions. Do we really need that many support and administrative positions? The education system has become bloated with mid-management and administrative positions, much like many corporations in our country.

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