From September 14 through October 28th Community Forums Network (CFN) plans to ask tough questions about education funding as part of a two-part series on public education. Titled; “K-12 Education in Washington Part 1: Funding” we plan to explore what we currently spend, the vital question of “how much” should we spend, and what are some of the solutions to what education leaders and policymakers are defining as a gap in education funding and priorities.
We have a stellar lineup of education leaders and advocates that have been interviewed for the CFN topic video and survey.
- Glenn Anderson: State Representative (R), Ranking Minority member of House Education committee
- Mary Lindquist: President, Washington Education Association
- Brian Sonntag: State Auditor
- Gerry Alexander: Former Chief Justice, Washington Supreme Court
- Ross Hunter: State Representative (D), Chairman of House Finance committee
- Maria Chavez Wilcox: President, Childhaven
These leaders want to hear from you on the vital questions surrounding the state’s priorities to fund K-12 public education. Here are some samples of their questions to you…
“The legislature has lost the urgency and the conviction of the people that educating their kids is their first priority as well: it’s not just the constitution it’s theirs. And so the proposal I had was “Fund Education First,” which would require a dedicated K12 budget that would be funded before any and all other state spending.”
Should we fund education first?
“How important is it to you to make sure your students are in classrooms where they can get the individual attention that they need in order for the teacher to know them, and for them to be successful?”
“Do you agree with the Court’s conclusion that it’s the responsibility of the Court to make sure the legislature meets its paramount duty, or should the Court stay out of it?”