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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

September 8, 2014 at 11:34 AM

No Child Left Behind is punitive

Our public schools educate an incredibly diverse population of students, and provide services far beyond education, despite a continuous decrease in funding [“Failing-school letters to go out, but not without districts’ retort,” Local News, Aug. 13]. The punitive nature of No Child Left Behind has given education neo-reformers the opportunity to get richer with…

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September 8, 2014 at 6:47 AM

Early education: City measure would produce better outcomes

As a mom with a preschooler, I am happy to see Seattle’s preschool measure on the ballot for November ["Seattle mayor seeks a new city Education Department," Local News, Sept. 2]. The measure crafted by the mayor and City Council is the only one with actual funding to make preschool affordable to families throughout…

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Comments | Topics: Early Childhood Education, education

September 8, 2014 at 6:13 AM

Teacher evaluations: Washington ahead of rest of country

There is zero evidence that requiring the use of state test scores in teacher evaluations helps either teachers or their students [“How to set up evaluations that help teachers improve,” Education Lab, Sept. 3]. Seattle schools and others already have rigorous new teacher evaluations systems. State law allows districts like Seattle to determine how…

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Comments | Topics: education, standardized, Teacher evaluations

September 6, 2014 at 7:21 AM

McCleary case: Should the Supreme Court hold voters in contempt?

The problem is that the state Supreme Court found that the Legislature was not fulfilling its constitutional duty to fund education, even with its latest $1 billion increase. [“Former governors on why Supreme Court should tread carefully in McCleary education case,” Opinion, Sept. 1]. The Legislature has a duty to represent the people, who recently…

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Comments | Topics: education, McCleary decision, washington state legislature

September 3, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Supreme Court: Justices overstepping on McCleary

The nine state Supreme Court justices are overstepping the boundaries of our democratic form of government, when they usurp the powers of the Legislature, under the pretense of enforcing the McCleary decision [“State Supreme Court should be cautious in McCleary school-funding case,” Opinion, Aug. 30]. The 147 elected legislative members answer directly to the electorate…

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Comments | Topics: education, washington state legislature, Washington state Supreme Court

September 2, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Failing school letters: Citizens also failing students

Educational policy rather than legislators can certainly be held responsible for failing-school letters. [“No Child Left Behind and failing schools,” Northwest Voices, Aug. 30]. However, so can the Washington state citizens who continue to hide from the reality of the need for a reliable source of revenue to provide what we expect from our government. Closing…

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Comments | Topics: education, No Child Left Behind, washington state legislature

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