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September 29, 2014 at 6:05 AM

I-1351: Opponents are not offering ideas to improve education

Washington’s class sizes rank 47th out of 50 in the nation and, as a parent, I know we can do better for our students [“Questions to ask candidates before the November 2014 election,” Opinion, Sept. 20].

I find it aggravating and infuriating that elected officials and others are attacking Initiative 1351, which would reduce class sizes to between 17 and 24 students, depending on the grade they are in.  These complainers are the same people who have neglected our schools for years, and by doing so have put our kids in overcrowded classrooms. If small classes don’t matter, why is it that every private school’s opening pitch is about the small class sizes that afford their students the kind of attention they need to learn?

Opponents throw out a bunch of sound bites meant only to stir controversy, but they offer no ideas on how to improve education for our kids today. They are protecting themselves and the outmoded tax structure of this state, which gives billions to corporations and are ignoring the long-term consequences of short-changing our kids’ education.

I’m tired of waiting for others to do something. We can take the issue into our own hands. Vote yes for smaller classes with I-1351.

Kathleen Royer, Seattle

Comments | More in Education | Topics: class sizes, education, Initiative 1351

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