The last platform's education area is quite different from 2012's platform. There is no mention of ELL students, class size, full inclusion of all students, counselors/nurses/librarians, career training, music and fine arts, foreign language, civics, parent engagement, or a stable funding source for public schools.
In fact, the Education section is one of the shorter sections in the platform.
Omitted is past opposition to:
- public funding for charters and vouchers
- commercial exploitation of students
- linking military recruitment to educational funding
- organized prayer in schools
- No Child Left Behind
- basing teacher pay solely on student test scores
- all "so-called reforms that are not based upon sound and objective information, that are disguised attempts to blame teachers for the problems in public education, to weaken teachers unions, or to privatize our public education system for profit
- escalation of tuition at institutions of higher education
- that the WA state Legislature fully fund education
- McCleary and I-732
- some very nice but vague wording on "public education"
- gifted and Special Education to be fully funded
- keep control of education at state and district levels
- moving towards universal preschool
- support for teachers in Washington State
- reducing the interest on student loans
- encouraging locally grown food in schools
I have a call in to ask why some things - a lot of things - have been dropped/omitted.