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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Education
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…

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

September 28, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Public education: A more accurate view of the system

Finally, there is something in the newspaper that is candid toward public education [“The myth about public schools,” Opinion, Sept. 21]. For the last 15 years or so, private companies and citizens have tried to dismantle and modify education using skewed statistics backed by financial agendas. It’s about time the truth is told,…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Catherine Rampell, education, public schools

September 22, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Editorial endorsements: Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos is an independent voice

It’s not unusual for The Times to criticize legislators who differ with its views on education. To wit, Times’ editorials (July 31, September 7, 2014) repeatedly paint Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos as an obstructionist or tool of the state teachers’ union. Far from it. Tomiko Santos remains an independent, strong-willed and hard-working member of the Legislature….

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, Ricardo Sanchez

September 19, 2014 at 6:04 AM

McCleary decision: Blame Tim Eyman for our funding woes

Legislators, both Republican and Democrat, have struggled to balance the needs of the state with the available resources. And now they are held in contempt by the court because there are not enough resources ["Supreme Court finds Legislature in contempt on education funding," Politics Northwest, Sept. 11]. The people of Washington should direct their…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Edward Roe, Legislature, McCleary decision

September 16, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Funding education: Responsibility rests solely with the Legislature

I would like to respond to the column by Jon Talton “Eyes turn to superrich to fill university gap” [Business/Technology, Sept. 13]. I agree that there is a critical need to support higher education in this state. However, relying on the generosity of the superrich, who have already given generously to most of the…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: college funding, education, Jon Talton

September 16, 2014 at 7:05 AM

College: Requiring liberal arts education is counterproductive for some students

Whether the aim of higher education is to provide vocational skills or to enrich lives through exposure to the arts has been a matter of controversy for decades. A recent letter to the editor proposed incorporating liberal arts into the curriculum of every discipline in an effort to instill in graduates “a full appreciation of…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Bonnie Baffaro, college, education

September 13, 2014 at 9:04 AM

College education: Expand studies and minds

Columnist David Brooks has been writing on what constitutes a college education, or perhaps more importantly what is the aim of a college education [“How to become a real person through college,” Opinion, Sept. 9]. It seems to me that in earlier days before and immediately after World War II, the aim was…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: college, David Wigglesworth, education

September 12, 2014 at 3:45 PM

McCleary decision: Supreme Court made wrong decision in contempt ruling

I don’t agree that the Washington State Supreme Court made the right contempt ruling in the school funding case, or for that matter, that it has such power in any case ["State Supreme Court’s contempt ruling makes point on education, not obstacles," Opinion, Sept. 11]. It seems to me a violation of the fundamental…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Ken Warren, Legislature

August 27, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Let students sleep in for better education results

More sleep leads to better education The new school year once again revives the controversy over school start times [“Pediatricians’ Rx for school: Later start lets kids sleep,” News, Aug. 25]. Recent articles in The Wall Street Journal and Seattle Times refer to data showing start times earlier than 8:30 a.m. have numerous negative effects…

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Comments | More in Education, Health | Topics: education, health

August 27, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Blame laws like No Child Left Behind for failing schools

Education policy has failed, not legislators. The editorial yesterday “blaming” legislators for “failing school” letters is itself a failure [“Thank lawmakers for ‘failing school’ letters,” Opinion, Aug. 24]. The blame should go to the Bush/Kennedy concoction called No Child Left Behind (NCLB). NCLB and its successor Race to the Top were and are bankrupt pieces…

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Comments | More in Education, Education reform | Topics: education, No Child Left Behind

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