Two things about this column really trouble me.
First, almost every word of it is fluff. The whole thing could be boiled down to this one paragraph:
The only way to maintain progress — to pursue our vision of a world-class education for all students, boost our competitiveness and reinvigorate our flagging economy — is to invest strategically and substantially in our education system.
And that's not really news, is it? Terry Bergeson wants the legislature to allocate more money to education. Wow. Stop the presses.
Second, although she says that we have a Vision for education in Washington State, she doesn't really describe it. I have to say that I'm not aware of any such Vision. Honestly, I don't think she has one. Lack of Vision should automatically disqualify her from this - or any - leadership position. More than that, if she expects people to rally round this Vision and open their checkbooks for it, I think she needs to put it out there over and over again.
This column would have been much better if she spent most of her words describing the Vision and promoting the Vision and then, at the end, asked for the money. As it was written, I read it through to the end and didn't remember a word of it. That hardly inspires spending.