Another Stand member published in The Seattle Times!

February 20, 2009 at 12:08 am Leave a comment

Refresh the antiquated-funding formula

School boards in three of the biggest districts in King County — Issaquah, Seattle and Bellevue — all recently endorsed House Bill 1410 and Senate Bill 5444, upon the recommendations of the Basic Education Task Force. Their leadership on these bills show they truly understand we cannot afford to wait to make these long, overdue reforms to our education system.

After one and a half years of study by the Basic Education Task Force and two years of study by the Washington Learns Committee, these bills finally put a strong foundation in place to bring the Washington state definition of “basic education” up to the 21st century and clean up the antiquated-funding formula we currently have in place.

New high-school-graduation requirements will assure our kids will graduate ready to enter a four-year college, technical field or workplace without remediation. In a region with some of the most innovative technology in the world, we need to be preparing our graduates to enter the workforce in our own backyard.

I urge you, and I urge our legislators to fully support these bills and bring the Washington state education system up from 42nd in the nation.

Do what’s best for our kids.

— Deborah Parsons, Issaquah

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