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April 15, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Initiative 1351: Sign the class-size petition

In 2009, editorial boards gushed over an education-reform bill to be fully funded by 2018. This future liability was unfunded, a concern for many legislators, including myself. As I asked then, how could we expect future Legislatures to possess the courage of our convictions if we didn’t possess that courage ourselves? The Washington Supreme Court has…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: Brendan Williams, Class size, education

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…


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

December 24, 2013 at 6:00 PM

We haven’t done enough to help public school students

Lynne K. Varner puts a positive spin on Washington’s efforts to improve our public schools [“Buoyed by changes in public education,” Opinion, Dec. 23]. But facts don’t support her. Struggling students may no longer be “relegated to low-level academic tracks,” but we have not supplied the resources they need to succeed in truly rigorous programs.

A Sunday New York Times article “Subtract Teachers, Add Students” shows Washington as having dropped from 13.7 to 13.2 employees per students between 2008 and 2013. Only two states have fewer school employees per student to give struggling students extra help.


Comments | More in Education | Topics: Lynne Varner, McCleary, No Child Left Behind