Rapid Response

June 29, 2010

By Contributor

In light of current economic conditions faced by school districts, how do you think Washington state should raise the money to provide a globally competitive education to students?

Use the money they have to start teaching kids the basics, so they will be successful in school first, and the global marketplace second.

Bryan Weinstein, Issaquah

The education system needs more competitive incentive and less nanny-state funding. Good schools and teachers are rewarded — bad schools and teachers are not. Washington state education should be far less controlled by unions and bureaucrats. Removing layers of bureaucracy, providing community equivalent standards in educator benefits, improve classroom to nonclassroom hours ratios. Consider privatization of public education with a year-round option.

Mark Bowers, Issaquah

Put educational funds in a separate legal place where politicians can’t get their hands on it. It should never be a part of the general fund.

Fred Nystrom, Issaquah

Drop a number of the school bus runs and make the kids walk to school. This will also give them some exercise.

Paul Stewart, Issaquah

Does more money spent always mean a globally competitive education? In the decline in funding, focus on creating a culture of globally relevant outcomes: Rather than training students to be consumers, train them to be creators!

Don Burnett, Issaquah

Don’t need more money. Just cut a lot of the unnecessary staff that do not contribute to the classroom teaching of the students.

Ken Sessler, Issaquah

Budget like education is really our “paramount” responsibility in the state of Washington. Every other priority will naturally follow.

Hank Thomas, Issaquah

Much as I hate the thought, but a state income tax may be the answer. For incomes over $40,000/year from all sources.

Jim Harris, Issaquah

Who says we don’t already? I attended Washington public schools from kindergarten through graduate school, and I think I got a globally competitive education.

Mel Morgan, Issaquah

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