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stop raising taxes on the back of education

stop raising taxes and saying it is for education. If our states children used all that money in extra taxes we would have the smartest children in the nation.

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School choice

Fund the student. Provide a voucher for all school children and let parents decide where to send their children. Reduce the influence of teachers unions. Ensure all kids are aware of, and have access to online public educations such as the Washington Virtual Academy. This will improve course availability, reduce negative social pressures, increase student graduation rates, and reduce overall costs. The Dept of Education ...more »

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Participate in U.S. DoE pilot program for Growth Mindset Learning Platform

A more skilled workforce can create new businesses increasing economic development. Washington State could participate in the study of the Growth Mindset Learning Platform (GMLP), funded by the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences by having some of the pilot schools in Washington State. Stanford psychologist Carol S. Dweck developed the program. http://dww.ed.gov/learn/?T_ID=18&P_ID=34 http://www.brainology.us/page/create-growth-mindset-culture-and-increase-student-achievement.aspx ...more »

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Enforce laws/taxes already on the books

I own a store in the Tri-Cities area and I know for a fact that I'm one of the only ones in this whole part of the state that charges tax on phone cards as we're supposed to (my customers complain that I'm the only one that charges, plus I've inquired w/ other owners). Part of the problem is I think that their are some that really don't even know (education), but many others use it as a marketing advantage as it makes ...more »

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Force the President of WSU to live in Pullman

The President of Washington State University lives in Western Washington, even though WSU and the State pays for his house in Pullman. Washington is currently paying for his two homes. Force him to live in Pullman!

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'Smart' year round use of our public school dollars

We really need to get 'smart' and implement year round accelerated public schools. What a tremendous waste of staff and facility resources having hundreds of closed buildings and thousands of employees idled for several months each summer all over the state. This type of year round accelerated school program would reduce our overall education costs while improving our children's education levels. States that have done ...more »

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Merge Evergreen State College with the U of W

Make Evergreen State College a branch of the U of W and eliminate redundant administrators. This college was meant as an experiment in creative education and has turned into a political indoctrination center. It would be better if the U of W was responsible for this institution.

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State Evaluation of Community Colleges

Have the U of W or WSU accredit the community colleges. The current system does not evaluate the quality of education at these facilities, but how well administrators can meet their own goals. This system would mean that the community college faculty could actually get real feedback on our instruction from those who are qualified to give it. It would also mean we could stop paying for these worthless evaluations.

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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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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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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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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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