After Reuven Carlyle's pro-charter blog post over at his blog, Charlie posted to it, asking why Reuven wasn't engaging since it was he who opened the conversation and from his thread, a lively conversation ensued.
Here was his answer:
Charlie: I’ve been reflecting on the issues and ideas. I’d like to
ask you and everyone for genuine and sincere suggestions: What
legislation would you like to see introduced and supported in Olympia?
Seriously, if you could introduce a real piece of legislation–in
addition to all of the McClearly work we have going–what would it be
that would unite folks? I value your insight, judgement(sic) and counsel.
So there you have it. What would you like to see the Legislature do? I'll throw out some ideas (not necessarily mine nor do they have my endorsement):
1) income tax just for K-12 education (iron-clad) to fund at least to the level of the national average
2) legislation to support counselors/career specialists in all high schools
3) legislation to support the kind of direct inventions that are happening in Everett and Tukwila where their graduation rates are going up and up
4) K-3 support for smaller class sizes for at-risk populations
5) grants to help districts provide more in-class help for teachers (rather than more administrators at headquarters)
While I am now wary of Rep. Carlyle (given his flip on charters), I have always said I believe he tries hard to engage than most legislators and he has provided an option forum for discourse.
What would you like to see?