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.
We need to make sure in some way, that our public schools spend their money wisely, and effectively. For Example, If there is a school that plans on building a "Retainment Pond" (a simple 16 foot pond) ends up paying $400,000 for said pond, when it could have cost $80,000. The School should be fined.
So, Ultimately, more responsibility of schools with their government funding.
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.
We could secure jobs and investment if we spent more money luring production companies to Washington State. Reduce the bureaucracy and simplify the permitting process. Film making could bring millions in economic development to the state. Currently, that business goes elsewhere because we do not invest in Washington.