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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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'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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Stop Paying SSI to children

Stop paying families with "special needs" children out of Social Security funds. There should be an office for this population that should have a separate state pool of funds. These funds should only be used for the child's needs for learning and living. Stop giving it to parents who use it for booze and drugs.

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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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