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Category: Education
November 19, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I-1351: Voters need to make wiser decisions

I have always believed that voters are not informed enough to make a common-sense decision about a particular initiative — this proves it [“How to fund I-1351?” Opinion, Nov. 13]. One really has to wonder why half the voting public passed Initiative 1351 without regard as to how to pay for it. I wonder how…

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

November 18, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Substitute teachers: Improve absenteeism to fix problem

The recent article on the shortage of substitute teachers suggested that schools are finding it difficult to find qualified substitutes to fill all the need [“Daily problem for schools: There aren’t enough substitutes,” Local News, Nov. 13]. As a former member of the Seattle School Board, I remember that also being an issue…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: absenteeism, Don Nielsen, education

October 31, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Class sizes: What counts in education

Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” The endless search for research proving what best supports children’s learning will never result in proof enough to justify the cost [“Does class size matter? Research reveals surprises,” Local News, Oct. 28]. Sadly,…

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Comments | More in Education, Election | Topics: Class size, education, Initiative 1351

October 31, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Class sizes: Additional research shows the value of small classes

The article on Initiative 1351 [“Does class size matter? Research reveals surprises,” Local News, Oct. 28], which would reduce class sizes, was well-done and we have local research to support the findings at the high-school level. In 2005-2006 I conducted an evaluation of an effort at Shorecrest High School that (without any funding)…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Bill Leon, class sizes, education

October 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Downtown school: School Board hasn’t put in the necessary effort

As I suspected, the Seattle School Board and the schools administration is closing in on a decision to not open a school downtown and to let slip away a rare opportunity presented by the availability of the old Federal Reserve building [“Board unsure it can afford ‘free’ site for downtown school,” Local News,…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Federal Reserve, Paul Gutowski

October 27, 2014 at 8:08 PM

UW innovation: Don’t lose sight of academic goals by building new buildings

I applaud UW President Michael Young’s vision for the role of the University of Washington in a shining technological future [“How the University of Washington plans to lead Puget Sound innovation,” Opinion, Oct. 16]. However, the liability to which we are all subject, gazing consistently upward as we do, is that we tend to lose track…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: academics, education, Michael Young

October 25, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Seattle pre-K measures: Need more than a pilot program

When we know what works and can be implemented for the greatest good, why not do that instead of embarking on yet another “pilot” program that would most likely show what we have known for a long time: Teachers, who are well-prepared in early childhood education, paid as professionals and supported as they implement best…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Early Childhood Care and Education, prekindergarten, preschool

October 24, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Education: It is all about the money

Although Don Nielsen’s guest column ends with “It’s not about the money,” our Supreme Court in the McCleary decision says that yes, it is about the money [“Halt turnover in school administration to improve education,” Opinion, Oct. 21]. When I began teaching here in the mid-’70s, just over 50 percent of the state budget was for…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, K-12, Mary Wallon

October 23, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Proposition 1A: A ‘bait and switch’ by its backers

The backers of Proposition 1A cannot see the contradictions in their own advertising [“Seattle Prop 1B’s design get city’s youngest citizens off to best start,” Opinion, Oct. 20]. The top of a recent flyer reads: “Research shows retaining experienced teachers is critical to early childhood brain development.” Below is this sentence: “But Proposition…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Michael W. Shurgot, preschool

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