Over the last decade test scores for Washington students have not improved. Now consider this: over that same time period education spending has doubled from $13 Billion to more than $27 Billion in 2020. So, lets dispel the myth right here and now…Washington schools are NOT underfunded. Washington schools are mismanaged, and our kids are suffering. What’s worse, for the better part of 25 years educators have phased out and completely ignored the value of Career and Technical Education Programs for high school aged students to learn the trades and agricultural skillsets. That has resulted in young adults never learning a blue-collar skillset that provides a good wage and stability. It has also affected our economy by causing an enormous shortage of trade works and agricultural skillsets.
Schools and colleges are being overtaken by educators motivated by social and political agendas and are rapidly losing sight of core education needs. A significant shortage of skills exists in all the trades, and too much emphasis is being put on college degrees which have steadily declining value in business and society.
My campaign is the only one talking about this problem and we have many solutions. But here are three:
Job skills. Re-introduce CTE training in high schools across Washington and encourage high school students to learn the trades and agricultural skillsets—especially in our farming and ranching communities.
Parental choice. Parents should have a choice where to spend their educational tax dollars for their children. Children shouldn’t be forced into a poorly performing school because of their zip code. We need to give families the power to send their children to whatever school they desire—whether public or private. School choice creates healthy competition between schools and research shows clearly that this competition benefits our children.
Back to Basics. We need to bring the focus back to the basic-essentials of education based on proven-science, math, and English skills. Open vocational and technical (CTE) programs to address the expanding demands of trade related skills and allow students to participate in running start programs to enter the work force. We must create a two-track system to open career paths for students either seeking vocational studies or college degrees.