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Education

Our Values
Education is a cornerstone of a healthy democracy, and a thriving, competitive economy.  A vibrant public education system ensures our nation's bright future.

We must ensure access to educational opportunities for all students and foster respect for the diverse cultural communities of Whatcom County.

Standardized testing shouldn’t be the primary assessor of teacher evaluation or school funding

We believe schools should be a safe place for all students, faculty and staff. Personal and online bullying will not be tolerated.

The work of public educators is vital and their salaries and benefits should be comparable with other professionals with similar experience and educational requirements.

We oppose public funding of charter schools and school vouchers.

Public Higher Education must be affordable.

We support funding for pre-kindergarten, vocational education, basic skills education, life skills education and smaller class sizes.

2014 Policy Priorities
Washington State Legislature: Honor the State Constitution mandate to fully fund K-12 education as stated by the Washington Supreme Court McCleary decision.

Washington State and local school boards: Increase and maintain support for the creative and performing arts, vocational education, and physical education.

Washington State: Establish a commission to study the feasibility of implementing an income-based repayment plan for public higher education.

Federal Government: Loan money to students at the same rate offered to large banks through the Federal Reserve discount window.

Washington State Legislature: Lower the threshold for passing a local school bond from 60% to simple majority, the same as a levy.

Washington State Legislature: Remove the freeze on teacher Cost of Living Adjustments.