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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Education
April 15, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Initiative 1351: Pay the bills, and sign class-size petition

In 2009, editorial boards gushed over an education-reform bill to be fully funded by 2018. This future liability was unfunded, a concern for many legislators, including myself. As I asked then, how could we expect future Legislatures to possess the courage of our convictions if we didn’t possess that courage ourselves? The Washington Supreme Court has…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: Brendan Williams, Class size, education

April 14, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Unfortunate it takes the McCleary decision to get legislators to act

Although Washington state lawmakers may be “gearing up for a thoughtful debate,” some voters hoped they might have at least begun that during the session just finished ["Initiative 1351 aims to corner Legislature on K-12," Opinion, April 12]. The McCleary decision calls for increased funding for the purpose of dealing with problems such as excessively large class sizes and excessive caseloads for…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: Initiative 1351, Legislature, Mary Wallon

March 31, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Education in Afghanistan: Congress should do more to help children worldwide

Thank you for Lance Dickie’s excellent column about education in Afghanistan [“An educator’s optimism for Afghanistan,” Opinion, March 27]. I saw impressive figures from the BBC in the last month. It reports that there are currently 10.5 million kids in Afghan schools now, 42 percent of them girls. Where there were just 400 teachers…

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0 Comments | More in Afghanistan, Education | Topics: Afghanistan, Bob Dickerson, children

March 14, 2014 at 12:11 PM

State needs to continue adequately funding education

After hearing about the state’s budget proposal’s, I was ecstatic to know at least some legislators are putting education first [“Time for Olympia to do the hard work on the state budget,” Opinion, March 2]. Coming from Seattle’s Franklin High School, I know additional funds would definitely provide students with more resources to succeed….

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0 Comments | More in Education, State budget | Topics: Big Oil, education, Franklin High School

March 13, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Teacher evaluations: Learning is cumulative

I’m disappointed in the misinformed editorial on federal education funding [“WEA misleading Legislature on California education waiver,” Opinion, March 12]. Bills being pushed through the Legislature are being rushed through with little thought about their effects on teachers and students. A student score on one state test does not show the growth of that…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, federal education funding, Legislature

March 12, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Teacher evaluations: Legislature’s reluctance a step in the right direction

Multiple choice: Many parents and teachers believe that states should not be forced to use student test scores in evaluating teachers because: A. Complaints that tests promote a narrowed curriculum; B. Evidence that students in more affluent districts score higher (stable residences and sufficient food could be factors); C. Concern that students and teachers would be judged by…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: Common Core, education, Mary Wallon

March 11, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Teacher evaluations: Our education system isn’t failing

I take exception with two things in The Seattle Times’ endorsement of Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed legislation to protect $40 million in federal education funding [“Olympia must act to keep federal education funds,” Opinion, March 11]. First, The Times describes a “menacing” teachers union. However, Washington state teachers receive 5.7 percent less than the average American…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: Common Core, David Locke, education

March 6, 2014 at 5:57 AM

Northwest Center Kids program: Leadership needed from José Banda

Seattle Public Schools’ Superintendent José Banda made a poorly thought-out decision to evict (on very short notice) an excellent nonprofit program for infants and toddlers with disabilities, The Northwest Center Kids program [“Northwest Center Kids deserves more time to find new home,” Opinion, Feb. 13]. He did this in order to house another very…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: Cascade Parent Partnership, Kevin Cole, Northwest Center Kids

March 2, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Boycott testing tied to Common Core

Over the years, I’ve tried to talk to many teachers about the state of education reform. What I’ve come up against time and time again is fear — long-standing, well-established fear of retribution from administrators. It is a thing, and it’s an obstacle to high-quality public education. But times they are a changing, and teachers across…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: Breann Treffry, Common Core, education reform

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