Investing in Our Future: Public Education
We must continue working to reduce class sizes in Washington schools which is proven to improve learning especially for children living in poverty. It is essential to increase vital school staff, support and care for our students, increasing their ability to succeed. Many students face barriers when entering the education system that could disproportionately affect their ability to succeed. More counselors, para-professional workers, nurses, and librarians ensure that our schools are equipped with the personnel necessary to provide education that is accessible to all students.
All students deserve safe and welcoming environments to learn in. Our State’s ability to provide all Washington students with a quality education is premised on students being honored and respected for who they are. For this reason, we need a more diverse and equitable education system to reflect our communities and provide children with leaders who understand their backgrounds, the barriers they may face, and diverse socio-economic backgrounds. Finally, in order to fully support students, we need a tax structure that not only enables us to invest in our public education system, but also a robust social safety net, and foundational public health services.