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

'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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Student Achievement

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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Enforce laws/taxes already on the books

I own a store in the Tri-Cities area and I know for a fact that I'm one of the only ones in this whole part of the state that charges tax on phone cards as we're supposed to (my customers complain that I'm the only one that charges, plus I've inquired w/ other owners). Part of the problem is I think that their are some that really don't even know (education), but many others use it as a marketing advantage as it makes ...more »

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Student Achievement

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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Tax Vouchers/Charter Scools

Put Competition in School System. Parents should have the Right to say which Schools get to have their Kids Tax Funding. Result would be Better Schools and Less Unions holding the States Education Hostage with Strikes. Current Attitude of Schools is "Yeah well, what are ya gonna do about it? Nothin cuz you have no choice".

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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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State Evaluation of Community Colleges

Have the U of W or WSU accredit the community colleges. The current system does not evaluate the quality of education at these facilities, but how well administrators can meet their own goals. This system would mean that the community college faculty could actually get real feedback on our instruction from those who are qualified to give it. It would also mean we could stop paying for these worthless evaluations.

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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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eclectic laundry list from an average guy

Require honesty and full disclosure -- especially in court -- by the AG office and all state employees when they are opposing the citizens. Start with parenting/CPS proceedings. This would shorten the proceedings immensely by not having to fight off the lies and misrepresentations and omissions of the AG and DSHS. Ask the Colville prosecutors about this. Give the police all police powers. End CPS which doesn't know ...more »

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Utilize cost-effective, community-based organizations

Focus state funds to priviate, community-based, non-profits, like the WA St. Child Care Resource & Referral Network, who can administer locally relevant and critical services without heavy bureaucratic costs. These agencies are able to use business-like practices to meet unique needs for their community and leverage local resources, yet they rely on government funding for the capacity to do the work.

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Semi-Privatize Education

Education makes up over 38% and $27 billion of the State's current budget. A quality education is also a common characteristic of high income earners and business leaders - those targeted for a potential state income tax in the fall. Utilize high-school and university students seeking internships (we're approaching fall semester) to solicit WA state individuals who fall into the proposed State income tax thresholds, ...more »

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Student Achievement

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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