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Education

Instead of giving parents such a large tax credit, parents should pay a state tax for each child that is school age. Isn't education most important.

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College budgets

Reduce the amount of money going to college administration.

Every time their budget gets cut, colleges cut teaching staff.

The ratio of administration dollars to teacher dollars is way out of balance.

We end up cutting the education of our future work force.

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Define K-12 Basic Education for state funding purposes

Define what portion of the a local school district K-12 budget is required by state law: read/math/science/foreign languages/history - fund only what is BASIC. Do not fund PE/sports/Arts/Music as many cities have taxing districts for parks and recreation which other liberal arts curriculum subjects. Cities and communities can tax themselves extra for the things above Basic funding that the state pays for. I support ...more »

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Schooling

There needs to be a better agreement with the educational unions to ensure education will be the number one priority. If a school is not making the standard they should be at, there should be no hesitation to get rid of the management team and bring in another team to make a difference. If the government is scared to compete on an educational level, then the government representative which allows this to take place ...more »

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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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Merging public libraries with school libraries

Think about how much money could we save if WA required combined public libraries with libraries in public or private schools, colleges, and universities, especially in rural / neighborhood areas. It would both increase public access to libraries, provide much better selections of books for students, and help WA decrease costs, saving millions in staff, maintenance, utilities, real estate and redundant book purchases. ...more »

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Put parents in the classrooms

Require the parents of the children attending public schools to volunteer 1 week in their child's classroom. This would allow for larger class sizes and increased discipline of the kids which would reduce costs by limiting teachers and other staff positions.

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Teachers write cirriculum for schools

Why not have local teachers write cirriculum? They already are paid for the summer and to get Masters and Doctorates. If 50% of school cirriculum from Elementary, Secondary, and College was written by local teachers, we would be using local talent and saving money by using an untapped resource.

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Enforce the Becca Bill

Make sure students stay in school!

 

By keeping students in school you will reduce welfare costs!

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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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Rewarding our top political science students

Our political system can seem abysmal sometimes. This isn't so much a budget fixing measure as it is a, "Let's try to improve our government" measure. I propose taking the most qualified graduate from Washington state's fine academic institutions (college level) and offering them a spot somewhere within the government for one year, paid. It doesn't have to be great pay. It should be a semi-substantial position though ...more »

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