The recent Seattle Times editorial “Early education’s promise needs funding” [Opinion, Jan. 12] extolled the undisputed benefits of investing in early learning. In recent years this call for investments has grown and enjoyed widespread support. Advocating for policies that fund early learning has always been relevant to promoting school success, closing the achievement gap,…More
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Although Don Nielsen’s guest column ends with “It’s not about the money,” our Supreme Court in the McCleary decision says that yes, it is about the money [“Halt turnover in school administration to improve education,” Opinion, Oct. 21]. When I began teaching here in the mid-’70s, just over 50 percent of the state budget was for…More
Guest columnist Jami Lund castigates the school employees union for bargaining levy funds to increase Seattle teacher pay [“How the union trumped voters in the Seattle Schools budget,” Opinion, Jan 24]. He recommends that legislators prohibit local districts from using levy funds for salaries. At present, a first-year teacher in Seattle on the state…More
“Leaving K-12 education up to the Legislature,” as The Times suggests, has already been done — for too many years [“State Supreme Court should accept McCleary report, leave K-12 to Legislature,” Opinion, May 5]. Despite voter approval, and lawsuits by parents, PTAs and school districts, the Legislature continues to shirk its “paramount” constitutional…More
It is astonishing to read The Seattle Times’ editorial on school finance and find at its conclusion the statement that “lawmakers have nothing to be ashamed of” and that the courts should “back off” and let legislators continue “doing their job” [“State Supreme Court should accept McCleary report, leave K-12 to Legislature,” Opinion,…More
On Sunday, The Seattle Times editorial board published its education priorities for the 2014 Washington state Legislature. “The Legislature, which convenes Jan. 13, should continue its work on the kinds of reforms, investments and outcomes that support a first-class education system, from ages 3 to 23.” The editorials focused on three key areas for the Legislature to tackle: early learning, K-12 and STEM education.
Readers weigh in on what’s arguably priority No. 1 this year in Olympia:
Teacher evaluations don’t capture nuances in teaching
Teachers are not afraid of evaluations; they are actually eager to learn how to be better teachers [“Targeting education, Opinion, Jan. 5”]. The problem is that the people designing teacher evaluations don’t appreciate how nuanced teaching and learning is. Their solutions punish rather than inform teachers.