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Letter: Yes for Dawn McCravey!

I believe we currently spend more per student and get worse results than most first world countries. This, to me, shows that McAuliffe is either unable or unwilling to make the necessary changes that are required to properly educate our students.

In my opinion, our current Senator, 20 year incumbent Rosemary McAuliffe (1st District), has blocked education reform and stands for the Washington Education Association (WEA)--NOT our children. It is my understanding that under McAuliffe the achievement gap has grown and is continuing to grow. She has had her chance for the last 30 years and has failed. 

She talks a lot of political talk, but we need action to open up the high tech career paths for thousands of open jobs in our Seattle area; businesses like Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, and Boeing. To do this, we need change in Olympia. 

Why does the WEA choke when our local high tech leaders tell us that our education system in Washington is just not cutting it? We are fortunate for these leaders support in things such as education reform. They want to see their businesses succeed – for that to happen they need a top quality, educated workforce. 

Unfortunately, I believe we currently spend more per student and get worse results than most first world countries. This, to me, shows that McAuliffe is either unable or unwilling to make the necessary changes that are required to properly educate our students. McAuliffe, as a tool of the WEA, has blocked real reform from even being heard before her committee. Both major area newspapers, the Seattle Times and Everett Herald, conducted in-depth interviews of both candidates, and have chosen to endorse Dawn McCravey over the incumbent, Rosemary McAuliffe.  

I know where I am voting:  Yes for change, Yes for Dawn McCravey! No to Roadblock Rosemary!

Tolli Lowell-Forker, Bothell
Father of 3 kids in Northshore Schools

Ken Mortland October 20, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Mr. Lowell-Forker conveniently ignores the achievements of the last three decades. so, let me remind readers that currently graduations are at their all time high. Should we be trying to do better? Of course. Since the creation of the Essential Learnings (ELRS), student achievement in reading and writing is up 50%. Growth in student achievement in math & science, while not as good, has also been significant. We are two years into an endeavor, sponsored by WEA among other, to revise & improve teacher/principal evaluation systems. and many education association / school district partnerships had their new systems on line before the 2010 legislation was passed. Stand for Children & Dawn McCravey claim this legislation was blocked, but that's simply not true. The 2010 legislation was not their version of the legislation, so they claim nothing was done and throw a temper tantrum. Our comparison with results from other "first world countries" is a statistical reflection of two things. 1) We admit all student & we test all students. We do not push lower performing student out of common schools into vocational tracks, like others. 2) We have a higher rate of child poverty than any other "first world country". Children living in poverty as less likely to learn what they could learn in better economic circumstances. Dawn McCravey deserves no credit for the achievements of the past and offers no solutions for today.
Ken Mortland October 20, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I have spoken with Northshore teachers and past members of the Northshore School Board. The picture I get is one of self-agrandising, power politics. From attempting to intimidate teachers votes to preventing issues she doesn't support from getting on the school board agenda to participating in an effort to ban a book that had been properly vetted for use in Northshore Schools to vehemently disrespecting a Northshore teacher who came to the board to represent that book, McCravey has been more of a disruptive influence than a constructive one.
Berta Phillips October 23, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Seriously Ken, you need to get out more and talk to more people.
Ken Mortland October 24, 2012 at 01:04 AM
LOL.. You think so?

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