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Topic: Initiative 1351

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November 26, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Initiative 1351: A funding plan for smaller class sizes

The editorial “Homeless students hurt by funding competition” [Opinion, Nov. 22] implies that those who voted in favor of Initiative 1351 are blind or stupid because we “bought into the initiative’s promise of smaller classes” without having a funding plan. It’s not us “yes” voters who are pitting homeless children against small classes —…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: class sizes, education, homelessness

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 3, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Class size: My personal experience of the benefit of smaller classes

I am a student at a small college in the greater Seattle area. My whole life I attended large public schools, sitting through huge classes where teachers barely recognized my face outside of the classroom. But when it was my time to choose a college, I chose to attend a small university where teachers would…

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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 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 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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August 21, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Education: Class-size reduction necessary to McCleary compliance

In its editorial “One budget-buster down: pension lawsuits; another around the corner: Initiative 1351,” [Opinion, Aug. 15] The Seattle Times suggests that Initiative 1351’s class-size improvements go beyond what is required by the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision ordering the Legislature to fully fund K-12 public education. This is simply wrong. In fact, the…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: ESHB 2261, Gary Plano, Initiative 1351

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