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Letter: Candidate McCravey Well Prepared to Deal With Education Issues

Letter writer backs Republican Dawn McCravey in her race against incumbent Democratic State Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe.

Editor's Note: Republican Dawn McCravey of Bothell is running against incumbent Democrat Rosemary McAuliffe of Bothell for the State Senate in the 1st Legislative District. The person in the seat represents Woodinville.

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Dear Editor,

The Education Issue

Education in this State, as in so many other states across this nation, is suffering from a plethora of problems. Among them are lack of appropriate and effectively focused funding, together with the unwillingness to objectively address the many operational issues hamstringing efforts to improve the delivery of first class education to our students.

As Dawn McCravey has pointed out, the present incumbent, Senator McAuliffe, has been either unable or unwilling to address these issues. Good intentions are not enough and it is time for a change in leadership. The status quo simply will not produce the needed improvements. Dawn McCravey is well placed to bring about the changes needed to improve our education system. Her record as an experienced school board member and involvement in all aspects of the school/community relationship is outstanding, her dedication unquestioned.

She is a clear thinker, passionate about education, well aware of what is at stake and willing to make the hard choices. She is clearly someone who can be trusted to dedicate her total effort in making the improvements in education we so desperately need.

-Michael P. Challenger, Bothell

Kelly Clark September 28, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Being a parent of 2 students here, I am desperate for a change. I'm completely confidant that Dawn McCravey is the person who will make that change.
Joel Johnston October 01, 2012 at 04:40 PM
We are already receiving an education from Rosemary - an education on how not to run Government. Past three years, we have seen special sessions in Olympia by her party. The other party is sent home while they debate and eventually pass their budget. You can only blame her party for our issues in this State - as they have majority, and make all the budget decisions. If Schools are underfunded - the buck stops there. Additionally, for 13 years, a shared parentlng bill has been held up by Rosemary and Jim Hargrove. Including both parents in a child's life has proven to improve test scores, reduce high school dropout rates, lower tean pregnancy, and generally produce better outcomes for children. We need a family friendly Senator for the 1st District. Please - vote for Dawn McCready!
Joel Johnston October 01, 2012 at 04:47 PM
We need a candidate with integrity as well. KOMO news did an article about Snohomish County losing $18 Million in tax revenue each year from Snohomish Business owners dumping their solid waste outside the County - a violation of Washington State Law. One of Rosemary's sons was interviewed for that story, because the McAuliffe family business's consist of one of the largest abuses of this State Law. His answer for why he does it - he doesn't believe in the law, so he doesn't follow it. Wow, what laws are ignored by our Senator from the 1st District, because she doesn't believe in them? If he doesn't believe in the laws, he has a mother in the Senate that can push for changes in the law! Do we really need this level of ethics in Olympia?
Lisa Baumann October 01, 2012 at 05:01 PM
As we get closer to elections, If you have letters to the editor, just email them to me at lisa.baumann@patch.com or post them directly in our blog section - http://woodinville.patch.com/blog/apply Thanks!
Berta Phillips October 11, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Ken, You mention the WASL, as if it were EVER a reliable assessment tool. As an educator, you should know better. You should be well aware of the changes to the scoring system in the later years of the WASL. Changes which lowered the scores required to pass the test so that more children were suddenly "passing" this subjective test. That is not "significant improvement" you saw. It was a merely a trompe l'oeil brought to you by Bergeson's OSPI. Bergeson was well known for the games she played to create the illusion of WASL success. Just look at how many students there were in the class of 2008 when they entered 9th grade: 89,970. Yet, Bergeson creatively reclassified so many of those students, that by 2008 she only bothered to count the WASL scores of 67,099 of those students. Of that creatively altered number, only a mere 61,327 met standard.

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