Gregoire - new state income tax only for education
McKenna - more effective spending and slower growth on other state government spending
Inslee - improve the economy with a jobs plan and more efficient management/changes to state health-care system to save money to use for education.
Both Inslee and McKenna spoke to the WSPTA convention. From the Times' article:
I guess McKenna got his daily talking points fax because it's the same words we've all heard hundreds of times:
"Charter schools are not a panacea, they are not a silver bullet," he
said. "I just think they should be one tool in the toolbox."
Inslee, who recently resigned his congressional seat to campaign
full-time, supports something similar to charter schools that he calls
"innovative schools" — grant-funded alternative schools overseen by
local school boards.
"We've seen the power of innovation that is in place in many places
around the state," he said. But he believes charter schools too often
dodge public accountability he sees as vital.
Crosscut's article on Gregoire's idea is a good one but the comments point out the main problem; every time the Legislature says money is dedicated to one thing, they end up using it in other areas (see the lottery).