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November 26, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Initiative 1351: A funding plan for smaller class sizes

The editorial “Homeless students hurt by funding competition” [Opinion, Nov. 22] implies that those who voted in favor of Initiative 1351 are blind or stupid because we “bought into the initiative’s promise of smaller classes” without having a funding plan.

It’s not us “yes” voters who are pitting homeless children against small classes — The Times editorial has done that. “Yes” voters believe we need to address both issues and that the Legislature’s responsibility is to find the funds for both.

We see several possible revenue sources, including an income tax coupled with reduced sales taxes, closing tax loopholes, rescinding subsidies. We hear the loud rebuttal: Washingtonians would not vote for an income tax or would resist taking away subsidies. No doubt, most citizens would resist such changes until those changes are introduced into the Legislature, appear on ballot, and are adequately covered in the media.

We are not blind or stupid. We are just voting for a more just and effective system of governance.

Loretta Jancoski, Issaquah

Comments | More in Education | Topics: class sizes, education, homelessness

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