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April 2, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Education reform

Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times

Matthew Gillis of Sacajawea Middle School traveled with his mother and siblings to push for education reforms during the PTA Focus Day 2009. Hundreds of PTA activists joined with the League of Education Voters and politicians at a rally on the steps of the Legislative Building. Basic education funding, increased graduation requirements and teacher compensation were just a few of the topics stressed at the rally.

Push past teachers unions that block it

Editor, The Times:

Huge kudos go to Bill Gates and many others who are tackling education reform in this country [“The Bill Gates school-repair plan,” Times, Opinion, March 31]. If there is a single area outside of parental love that has the biggest impact on the future of our children, it is education.

Unfortunately, the current state of our education system is nowhere near what it could be. A large portion of schools, particularly in urban areas, are falling well short of preparing children to thrive in an increasingly competitive world.

Amazingly, teachers unions have been blocking reform whenever there is a hint of change, as The Washington Post commentary by Fred Hiatt points out multiple times. The time is now to start asserting ourselves against the backward and oppressive teachers unions and to actively push for choice and reform in public education.

— Chris Waldorf, Seattle

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