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May 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Education funding

The root of district/union problems

Linda Shaw’s story on the Seattle School District and the letter cutting one training day [“School chief’s letter vexes union,” page one, May 9] is a prime example of what is wrong with education in this city.

The real story here is buried within it and consists of less than a full sentence: “… because state legislators cut funding to pay for it.”

In today’s parlance, this story is a distraction from the real story: funding for education. Improving education was a primary campaign plank in Gov. Chris Gregoire’s re-election campaign. Somehow, some way, the teachers will get their training day. The teachers union will see to that. The kids will just have to do with one less day of in-class education. How is that an improvement to our kids’ education?

Funding for public schools should be the very last item on the chopping block, given the deplorable state of Washington state schools today.

— Jeannie Stratton, Seattle

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