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4 year college course cost cutting

Cut the average state funding cost per credit hour by at least 10% thru increased average class size and average faculty teaching load with at least 1/3rd of the savings at each institution coming from the latter.

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Cut central administration of Department of Early Learning

Reduce staff expense of central agency administration of Department of Early Learning by at least 10%.

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Superintendant Pay

Decrease school district superintenant pay by 6%. Even with their pay freezes, its not doing enough for the schools and the hundreds of teachers losing their jobs.

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IMPROVE TEACHER PERFORMANCE

PLACE WEBCAMS IN K-12 CLASSROOMS

We need to insure quaility education as well as class safety. Improving the education of our youth will improve our youths chances for greater income thus providing more taxable income because are youth will be the future leaders of this state.

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Encourage and expand vocational Education.

Not all students are ready for a college track while in high school. Offering quality vocational education is a wonderful alternative to our kids wasting away and bored to death in high school. This training gives them the skills to join the work force and become responsible citizens. This can also delay going straight to college after high school. Many of our youth are not ready to go to college but feel the must ...more »

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Colors of Money in Public Ed

School districts across Washington are apportioned funding via a many different mandated "pots" that then roll up into our "apportionment". The different 'colors of money' create constraints that inhibit best practices and effective use of funding received. Often, the amount of money in individually mandated pots only affords the district the opportunity to run mediocre individual programs instead of being able to ...more »

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Higher education: Energize alumni to provide scholarships

From the information distributed at the Governor's public hearing, there are 100,000 students receiving $435 million in state financial aid. The various universities and colleges that these students attend should ask their alumni to step up and "adopt-a-scholar" instead of draining state funds. I don't know what the situation in Washington is, but the University of Illinois estimates that it has 600,000 living alumni. ...more »

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Stop divesting from our Public Universities!

Here's the transcript of the testimony delivered by the President of the Associated Students of the University of Washington at the Everett Public Hearing: Good evening, and thank you for the opportunity to offer testimony tonight. My name is Madeleine McKenna, and I serve as the President of the Associated Students of the University of Washington. Tonight I am proud to speak on behalf of the 42,000 students I represent. ...more »

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Stick to basics for now

Stick to basics during this economic crisis especially. Keep a simple academic program for the schools, this may also contribute to improvement in education.

The frills such as athletics, clubs etc should be the responsibility of interested parents or other community members on a volunteer basis

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Computers for Students, Textbooks for Recycling

Drop textbooks completely from K thru college. Give every child their own laptop, like the laptops from One Laptop Per Child (http://laptop.org) and use cloud computing & the internet. They could be Ipads, laptops, netbooks - anything that they can access the internest with. Set up a partnership with ereader companies (eg Amazon, B&N etc) so that any textbooks needed can be accessed in e-format. Every 3 years, the ...more »

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Healthy children, better students

Eliminate over processed foods from schools, find how to feed organic, natural food to students. This has been shown in Appleton, Wisconsin to reduce behavioral problems to near zero. It must be good for learning. We had apple machines in my Junior High school. We must get rid of bottled water, or share 50/50 in the profits until we do. Most of our tap water is better regulated than any bottled water.

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Differential tuition at community and technical colleges

Nursing and Dental Hygiene students at community and technical colleges pay the same rate of tuition as students taking any other courses. These students are highly employable upon graduation and receive high levels of compensation (often higher than the rate paid to their faculty). Instruction of these students is much more expensive than instruction of students in other programs of study. For example nursing ratios ...more »

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