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October 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM

I-1351: Costs of reducing class size would be too high

The most important thing we can do to improve public K-12 education in America is to create a system where every student in every classroom is served by a competent, well-trained, supported and compensated teacher ["Initiative 1351 is the wrong tool to reduce class sizes," Opinion, Oct. 6]. Accomplishing this would require considerable increases…

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

October 16, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Education voices: Readers’ opinions, concerns on expanded pre-K

Donna Grethen / Op Art

Donna Grethen / Op Art

As part of a three-part series on early learning, the Education Lab blog recently asked readers to share their thoughts on the idea of expanded pre-kindergarten and whether a city-sponsored program would meet the needs of their families.

The blog received dozens of thoughtful responses to the call out. Below is a selection of reader answers. Head over to the Education Lab blog for additional reader responses, and an additional question asking whether readers would send a child to such a pre-K program.

Also, The Seattle Times recently published its endorsement on the two competing pre-K ballot measures on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Times supports Proposition 1B over 1A, writing that it’s the one measure that “actually creates, and funds, this promising idea.”

Q: Do you agree preschool should be a universal offering, available to all families regardless of income? Why or why not?

Yes, as long as it is actually universal. I do not believe in the middle class subsidizing the poor while still having to pay full or marginally reduced price for my own children. I have 3-year-old twins, and this is of great interest and importance to me. I will most likely vote against the subsidized pre-K initiative.

 Scott Jeffries, Seattle

No. I think we should spend our taxpayer money on boosting the quality of our elementary through high-school education instead. We need smaller classrooms and more individual help for students who need it  too many are falling through the cracks. We should still keep Head Start for the under-privileged.

 Lisa Stultz, Anacortes

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Kevin Bergsrud, Lisa Stultz

October 8, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Smaller class sizes allow teachers for all grade levels to give specialized attention to students

I question the League of Education Voters claim that there is little evidence that small classes make a difference during the later years of a student’s education ["Initiative 1351 is the wrong tool to reduce class sizes," Opinion, Oct. 6]. If there is such evidence, I would suggest that perhaps this might be…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Bernice Kastner, class sizes, 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 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

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