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Cut Education Spending

Cut education spending except that which directly provides a basic education for the children.

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Higher education reform

Flip the state’s higher education model for the 4-year universities from funding the schools to instead providing a credit hour-capped stipend to eligible students. An example of this is a reform enacted in 2004 in Colorado that created the Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF). Rather than fund the institutions, Colorado provides eligible students a credit hour stipend to apply toward tuition. The stipend is only available ...more »

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Education

Aim education dollars at student achievement programs. Reduce funding for non-teaching administrators to eliminate or consolidate many of these positions.

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Give universities tuition setting authority

Grant universities greater autonomy from the Legislature and state rules in exchange for reduced appropriations. University appropriations have already been cut by nearly 20% since 2007 while not receiving any freedom to set their own tuition rates or generate new sources of revenue. Grant UW and WSU tuition autonomy, but cut their appropriations to only fund essential staff and low-income education grants.

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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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