Economic Development

Fund and Support Worksource/WorkForce

Fully support the WorkForce Training Board, and the related WorkSource programs. Both of these are essential to ensuring our economic future by training people for the jobs in their community.

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Return Failing Running Start Students to High School

Force failing running start students to return to high school. Currently running start students can essentially register for classes and "drop out" as long as they register each quarter while the state picks up the tab for their tuition plus part of the support at the high school, these students are expensive and they're tying up limited seats at the community college.

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Graduate High School after 11th Grade

Cut Grade 12 in our public schools. With all of the AP classes offered in WA state, many students are ready for college. Grade 12 for most students is a year to have fun and enjoy being a teen. It is also something we should look at to save money.

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Economic Development

Four Day School Week

Millions, if not billions, of dollars could be saved by running schools on a four day system. The one day cut would be made up by extending the school day by one to one and a half hours. By the state forcing all school districts to cut one day a week out of their school schedules, huge savings would be seen by not running school buses one day a week for thirty six weeks. Other savings would be noted in the reduced cost ...more »

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eclectic laundry list from an average guy

Require honesty and full disclosure -- especially in court -- by the AG office and all state employees when they are opposing the citizens. Start with parenting/CPS proceedings. This would shorten the proceedings immensely by not having to fight off the lies and misrepresentations and omissions of the AG and DSHS. Ask the Colville prosecutors about this. Give the police all police powers. End CPS which doesn't know ...more »

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Tax Vouchers/Charter Scools

Put Competition in School System. Parents should have the Right to say which Schools get to have their Kids Tax Funding. Result would be Better Schools and Less Unions holding the States Education Hostage with Strikes. Current Attitude of Schools is "Yeah well, what are ya gonna do about it? Nothin cuz you have no choice".

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Start Highschool 1/2 to 1 hour later in the morning.

Move school starting time up a half hour to a hour. Studies have shown that teens at this time of human development have their internal clocks shift forward (naturally stay up later in the evening) but still need the same amount of sleep, so starting the classes even a half hour later would be of great help. This will improve attendance (lower rates of kids saying there sick when they are just actually tired) and higher ...more »

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Cut the Principal/Superintendent Intern Program

The budget has $530,000 to provide grants for school employees looking to become principals and superintendents. These are people who already have a job--this money should be going into workforce development, not giving time off for people who are already drawing a paycheck.

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No More Leadership Academy for Principals

The fact that we're allocating $900,000 to make principals better while cutting teachers and parapros who are closest to the kids is unreal. This program is the classic example of fat in the budget, and maintaining it while Rome burns is absolutely unacceptable.

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Eliminate the Navigation 101 Program

Navigation 101 is a nice enough program, but when we're talking about things as drastic as cutting levy equalization even nice programs need to go. Nav101 can come back later, when things get better. Right now, they ain't better. This would save $3.2 million dollars per year.

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Don't Appeal the School Funding Lawsuit

The McCleary lawsuit established that we're not funding education the way we should. The state is clearly violating the paramount duty clause of the constitution; appealing the decision is a fool's errand that will cost $950,000. Drop the appeal and work on actually making progress.

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Call a Time Out on Ed Reform

Implementing the most recent education reform bills (6696 and 2261) will cost billions that we don't have, but we're already spening millions on commissions, meetings (hi, Quality Education Council), and paperwork. Suspend all that activity until we have the money to actually do something about it.

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