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League of Education Voters: What are they asking for?

Post by Joe Turner on July 17, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
July 17, 2008 4:51 pm

Sometimes I get e-mails, read them in a hurry and then delete them. But sometimes I actually open them. And read them slowly. And sometimes, I even click on the links and read them.


I do so hoping to learn more.


But when I clicked on the ON LINE PETITION that the League of Education Voters wanted me to sign, I couldn’t tell what they were advocating.


We want the Washington State Board of Education to vote to update our state’s high school diploma at their July 23-24 meeting in Vancouver, WA.


I’m probably not opposed to updating our high school graduation requirements. But it would be nice to know exactly what changes the League wants before it asks me to sign a petition it plans to turn in to the Board of Education.


For all I know, updating graduation requirements might mean paying teachers $90,000 a year. The 81,000-member teachers union says all the time that our school system would get better if we just paid teachers more money. Maybe the update says “All high school students must be taught by a teacher who is paid at least $90,000 a year.”


Well, maybe.


To: Washington State Board of Education



We’re parents, educators, business leaders, kids and others in the community working together to do all we can to improve education in our state.



We believe that a Washington State high school diploma should mean students graduate ready for college, job training and the workforce.


Washington’s high school graduation requirements are outdated and our kids are paying the price:


- Only 41% of high school graduates meet college entrance requirements in Washington.

– More than half of firms surveyed reported difficulty finding qualified job applicants in Washington.

– Our students compete with students from thirty-seven states that have stronger graduation requirements than Washington.


We want the Washington State Board of Education to vote to update our state’s high school diploma at their July 23-24 meeting in Vancouver, WA.


The time is now. Our future depends on all of us.


Sincerely,


The Undersigned


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