Education is the road to opportunity and prosperity. As both a mother and the daughter of a public school teacher, I know first-hand how critical it is that our schools have high standards and help every child achieve their full potential. I support expanding access to high quality early childhood education, smaller class sizes, better pay for teachers, and more support for college or vocational training.
We need to fully fund education in Washington. The fact that the state legislature is now in contempt for its failure to do so is shameful.
My husband and I send our two boys to school in the Snoqualmie Valley School District. Both boys are dyslexic, and we have worked with the district to ensure that they can get the help they need to learn. Like other parents we know, we've spent thousands of hours at home helping them understand their homework, reviewing reading with them, and doing everything we can to help them be successful. So many of their teachers have been genuinely wonderful it's hard to adequately express our gratitude.
It's frustrating, then, when our legislators in Olympia flagrantly refuse to fund the schools to the level required by the state constitution. If any of us failed so badly to do our jobs, we'd be fired.
Let's put children first and fully fund our schools.