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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Publicola and The Stranger say YES to Levies

From Publicola:

Cynical voters may see that as an opportunity to vote the local money down as a way to put the state on notice. Astute voters understand that the McCLeary decision highlighted a crisis that demands collective action. Putting the state on notice that Seattle's all in is the smart thing to do.
PubliCola picks "Yes" On Seattle Propositions 1 and 2. 

From The Stranger (keeping in mind, this is The Stranger talking):

But really... vote yes on both of them.

Slashing a quarter of our schools' funding would be absolutely unthinkable. So don't even think it.

Can you believe it's 2013 and our schools don't have Wi-Fi?

Remember: The children are our future. And if we don't properly educate them, who will take care of us when we're old and helpless? So approve the fuck out of these school levies.

Nothing like The Stranger taking the view of "what's in it for me?"  which is a great reasoning for people who don't want to vote yes.  An educated populace to pay your Social Security, that's what's in it for you.

Schools First video for the levies (with my favorite student leader, President of the Student Senate, Dexter Tang.)

3 comments:

Jon said...

I voted yes on the levies today, but I am worried about how many will vote no.

Did you see the rebuttals against in the voter's pamphlet? They are good and mostly correct, pointing out specific and very costly mistakes the district made recently.

A response might be that the level of incompetence is no higher than private companies like Boeing, or that it does no good and causes great harm to vote against this levy, but I still worry that too few will be convinced.

If only the district did a better job in recent years. The extremely costly closing schools fiasco, the corrupt sale of MLK, and the many other problems under Google-Johnson did a lot of damage. I hope this levy doesn't fail because of it.

Jon said...

Oops, typo, should be Goodloe-Johnson.

Anonymous said...

Interesting article regarding Charter Schools in D.C.

D.C. Council members fear schools near tipping point as students flee system

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/dc-council-members-fear-schools-near-tipping-point-as-students-flee-system/2013/01/23/a1e96dfc-659d-11e2-9e1b-07db1d2ccd5b_story.html



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