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Tie any future tuition increases to the rate of inflation

Tuition rates are growing faster than families can keep up with. Federal and state financial aid is not making up the difference. The 7 and 14 percent increases over the last few years are arbitrary and not based on median income familes' ability to pay. Tie tuition rates to an indicator that has grounding in the real economy

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College on-line

Provide more on-line classes and make them slightly cheaper than classes in brick and mortar situations. My child is taking an online class with three instructors that she never met (even once) and yet still had to pay full tuition like she was taking up classroom space and electricity. I know not all classes can (or should) be offered online, but there are many that can be done this way, freeing up classroom space ...more »

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Save College Costs

Consolidate management of community colleges in any given county, so that there are not two or three of five separate HR departments. This will help save money that could be put into college education.

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Close UW

Close down the University of Washington and sell off its assets. Warn the other universities that they will be next if they don't get education costs under control.

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Suggestions

a. let people know where the dollars from the lottery are going, they say they are going for education but it does not appear that is true. b. legalize statewide gambling, if the tribes do not like it, tell them the state will not legalize it if they give 5% of their gross take to the state c: put the entire university system under state control, with the same salaries for all the staff and common tuitions, etc. Set ...more »

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No HSPE tests for profoundly disabled students

Stop requiring teachers of students with profound cognitive disabilites to write WASL portfolios (now HSPE). These students, who have functional levels of 6-12 months, don't even know they are taking a test. Teachers spend hours of time and districts hire substitute teachers so these portfolios can be written for students who have never done academics. Make an exemption for these students and don't punish the schools ...more »

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Tuition Reimbursement

I know employees are still get tuition reimbursement for college classes. I think if a state agency is going to pay for a college degree then the employee should have to sign a contract that makes them stay with the agency for a couple of years minimum. I have known several employees who have had the state pay for their degrees and then they go to the private sector for the higher salary. We need to stop this practice! ...more »

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Let's Re-Think How We Test Students

The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test is already used by hundreds of schools around the state. It's developed by a private company, the Northwest Evaluation Association. It's correlated to our standards. The results are immediate. Beyond that, though, the potential savings--given that it's computer based, we wouldn't need a staff member in every school and district to process the old WASL/MSP paperwork. Instead ...more »

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Stop cutting funding for Higher Education

In our effort to balance the state budget, Higher Education has landed on the chopping block. I believe this is a gross mistake. Washington needs to continue to attract and retain the best and the brightest if we expect to sustain our economy for the future. Lets not become so short sighted in a time of economic crises as to threaten our future.

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Education

The younger generation is the fundation of the World's future. Therefore, if we really wanted the best for ourselves, we would start by providing our children and younger generation with the best, practical, and most accesible education.

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