Campaign: Effective Government

Decrease pay for higher ed and K-12 teachers and staff.

Decrease pay for higher ed and K-12 teachers and staff. General government employees should not have to carry all the burden of pay cuts alone.

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Eliminate School Buses

I suggest that school districts in Washington terminate their contracts with school bus companies. These companies are privately owned and cost tax payers millions. I work in the Seattle School District and I have learned that if we terminated our contract with "Student First" we would solve our entire budget deficit and have plenty of money left over to facilitate all kinds of new programs for students. The students ...more »

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Allow parents to save the state money with educational alternatives

Allow parents to save the state money by encouraging the use of educational alternatives such as homeschooling, online learning, and private schooling. The primary cost in the state budget is for public education, and yet there are thousands of parents with children currently in the public school system who would gladly save the state money by utilizing educational alternatives if there were a small incentive. My wife ...more »

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Pubic Schools self-sustainable

Make the public school systems food service industry self-sustainable. Schools would grown their own vegetables and livestock, double win for extra curriculum and sustainablity.

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Campaign: Economic Development

Choice in Education/Save

Allow parents who are unhappy with their current public school to send their kids to a non-public school with a voucher worth 50% of what the state is currently paying to the public school. Gives parents options and saves the state money.

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Campaign: Student Achievement

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, Prisons, Budget

Increase state spending to spur economic growth. Then raise taxes on the top income earners. Release all drug offenders from state prisons, and hire more teachers and mentors. Disband the current National Guard and create a smaller disaster relief force. Make Washington State the Nation’s first “free college tuition state”. Privatize all institutions, excluding the prisons. Finally go to a single payer health care system. ...more »

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Too Many Washington School Districts

Why does the State of Washington have 295 school districts! Why not use a model employed by other states - base school district boundaries on county boundaries for most counties and on student population for counties such as King County. It probably would not be prudent to combine Seattle School District with other districts, given its existing student population. As an example - Thurston County has 8 school districts ...more »

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Campaign: Economic Development

Student loan as benefit of unemployment insurance

Part of unemployment insurance should be to qualify for a student loan to improve skills to reduce the chances of becoming unemployed again in the future.

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Semi-Privatize Education

Education makes up over 38% and $27 billion of the State's current budget. A quality education is also a common characteristic of high income earners and business leaders - those targeted for a potential state income tax in the fall. Utilize high-school and university students seeking internships (we're approaching fall semester) to solicit WA state individuals who fall into the proposed State income tax thresholds, ...more »

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Utilize cost-effective, community-based organizations

Focus state funds to priviate, community-based, non-profits, like the WA St. Child Care Resource & Referral Network, who can administer locally relevant and critical services without heavy bureaucratic costs. These agencies are able to use business-like practices to meet unique needs for their community and leverage local resources, yet they rely on government funding for the capacity to do the work.

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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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