Effective Government

Allow parents to save the state money with educational alternatives

Allow parents to save the state money by encouraging the use of educational alternatives such as homeschooling, online learning, and private schooling. The primary cost in the state budget is for public education, and yet there are thousands of parents with children currently in the public school system who would gladly save the state money by utilizing educational alternatives if there were a small incentive. My wife ...more »

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Effective Government

Too Many Washington School Districts

Why does the State of Washington have 295 school districts! Why not use a model employed by other states - base school district boundaries on county boundaries for most counties and on student population for counties such as King County. It probably would not be prudent to combine Seattle School District with other districts, given its existing student population. As an example - Thurston County has 8 school districts ...more »

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Student Achievement

Continue to fund "virtual school" options for terrific education/cost savings

Continue to fund public home-based "virtual schools" such as the Washington Virtual Academy (WAVA).

WAVA families are assisted by state-certified school teachers and they get free access to top-notch curriculum (both textbooks and online). The state saves in building costs and there is no need for buses or school lunches.

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Economic Development

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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