Student Achievement

Student Achievement

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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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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'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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Return Failing Running Start Students to High School

Force failing running start students to return to high school. Currently running start students can essentially register for classes and "drop out" as long as they register each quarter while the state picks up the tab for their tuition plus part of the support at the high school, these students are expensive and they're tying up limited seats at the community college.

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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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Healthy children, better students

Eliminate over processed foods from schools, find how to feed organic, natural food to students. This has been shown in Appleton, Wisconsin to reduce behavioral problems to near zero. It must be good for learning. We had apple machines in my Junior High school. We must get rid of bottled water, or share 50/50 in the profits until we do. Most of our tap water is better regulated than any bottled water.

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Stop cutting funding for Higher Education

In our effort to balance the state budget, Higher Education has landed on the chopping block. I believe this is a gross mistake. Washington needs to continue to attract and retain the best and the brightest if we expect to sustain our economy for the future. Lets not become so short sighted in a time of economic crises as to threaten our future.

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No HSPE tests for profoundly disabled students

Stop requiring teachers of students with profound cognitive disabilites to write WASL portfolios (now HSPE). These students, who have functional levels of 6-12 months, don't even know they are taking a test. Teachers spend hours of time and districts hire substitute teachers so these portfolios can be written for students who have never done academics. Make an exemption for these students and don't punish the schools ...more »

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Encourage and expand vocational Education.

Not all students are ready for a college track while in high school. Offering quality vocational education is a wonderful alternative to our kids wasting away and bored to death in high school. This training gives them the skills to join the work force and become responsible citizens. This can also delay going straight to college after high school. Many of our youth are not ready to go to college but feel the must ...more »

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Higher education reform

Flip the state‚Äôs 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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Tuition Reimbursement

I know employees are still get tuition reimbursement for college classes. I think if a state agency is going to pay for a college degree then the employee should have to sign a contract that makes them stay with the agency for a couple of years minimum. I have known several employees who have had the state pay for their degrees and then they go to the private sector for the higher salary. We need to stop this practice! ...more »

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Colors of Money in Public Ed

School districts across Washington are apportioned funding via a many different mandated "pots" that then roll up into our "apportionment". The different 'colors of money' create constraints that inhibit best practices and effective use of funding received. Often, the amount of money in individually mandated pots only affords the district the opportunity to run mediocre individual programs instead of being able to ...more »

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