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May 10, 2014 at 4:03 PM

K-12 funding: Vitality of our state depends on an educated populace

“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…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Ann Morgan, education, K-12

April 14, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Unfortunate it takes the McCleary decision to get legislators to act

Although Washington state lawmakers may be “gearing up for a thoughtful debate,” some voters hoped they might have at least begun that during the session just finished ["Initiative 1351 aims to corner Legislature on K-12," Opinion, April 12]. The McCleary decision calls for increased funding for the purpose of dealing with problems such as excessively large class sizes and excessive caseloads for…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Initiative 1351, Legislature, Mary Wallon

March 14, 2014 at 12:11 PM

State needs to continue adequately funding education

After hearing about the state’s budget proposal’s, I was ecstatic to know at least some legislators are putting education first [“Time for Olympia to do the hard work on the state budget,” Opinion, March 2]. Coming from Seattle’s Franklin High School, I know additional funds would definitely provide students with more resources to succeed….

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Comments | More in Education, State budget | Topics: Big Oil, education, Franklin High School

March 14, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Supported living: Pay caregivers adequate wages

This is in response to The Seattle Times’ editorial “Senate should protect people with disabilities” [Opinion, March 9]. No one disputes the importance of the state investigating abuse and neglect complaints for individuals with developmental disabilities. It is, however, only one piece of the equation. The other piece is to pay caregivers adequate wages. The…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Department of Social and Health Services, developmental disabilities, Janet Michaelsen

March 13, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Teacher evaluations: Learning is cumulative

I’m disappointed in the misinformed editorial on federal education funding [“WEA misleading Legislature on California education waiver,” Opinion, March 12]. Bills being pushed through the Legislature are being rushed through with little thought about their effects on teachers and students. A student score on one state test does not show the growth of that…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, federal education funding, Legislature

February 25, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Integrating mental health: Important to treat whole patient

The Seattle Times’ editorial urging the Legislature to address behavioral health integration this session is spot on [“Integrate mental health with primary care,” Opinion, Feb. 19]. Every day in our community health center and in clinics across the state, we see patients whose physical health is threatened by substance use or mental-health issues. When…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Legislature, Linda McVeigh, mental health

February 5, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Wash. residents make heavier use of the I-5 bridge

When the Washington state Legislature chose not to fund Washington’s share of the I-5 bridge deal with Oregon, it threw the full responsibility and funding of a replacement bridge right back to Oregon [“Oregon governor, legislators don’t agree on future of I-5 bridge,” Politics, Jan. 31]. But the interesting fact is that the daily…

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: I-5 bridge, Legislature, Portland

January 7, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Wash. state legislative priorities: Education — teacher evaluations and STEM

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.

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: early learning, K-12, Legislature

September 20, 2013 at 6:29 AM

State lawmakers load up on earmarks

Good story, bad leadership Congratulations to Andrew Garber for your article on state earmarks. [“Olympia earmarks make comeback,” page one, Sept. 8.] It was disappointing to learn of the reappearance of spending in our state that skirts the regular capital budgeting process, regardless of whether legislators believe them to be “worthy causes.” A word of advice for…

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Comments | More in Politics, Washington Legislature | Topics: earmarks, lawmakers, Legislature

September 12, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Plastic-bag issue in Washington

Plastic is better than alternatives So now The Seattle Times falls for the cause-du-jour, the brave fight against plastic grocery bags. [“Editorial: Plastic bags should be on Legislature’s agenda,” Opinion, Sept. 11.] Alas, there is no evidence that Seattle’s plastic bags are winding up in the ocean. But there is evidence presented by a study by…

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Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: bag ban, environment, Legislature

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