Today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer gives us equal time for our op-ed against the Families and Education Levy: "Vote no on inadequate proposal", by Stefan Sharkansky and Andy MacDonald. The P-I was also kind enough to include a link to Sound Politics! Our op-ed appears opposite a pro-levy op-ed by Mayor Greg Nickels: "Yes vote puts kids on the right path" Read the Mayor's piece first, and then read ours to understand why the Mayor's optimistic claims fall short of the mark.
Today's P-I also includes another relevant op-ed by Ted Van Dyk: "People want value for their taxes". It doesn't address the Families and Education Levy explicitly, but it makes similar points to the ones we make.
In education, some sense of accountability must take hold. Yes, more resources can and probably should be channeled to public education. But taxpayers footing the bill should have reason to believe that, as a result, students' performances will improve ...Bravo, but I'll wait for more accountability before I give a green light to channeling more resources.
I still wish the P-I news department would get on the case and do some real reporting about how much value the taxpayers actually got out of the $138 million from the earlier levies.
Our repository of information about the Families and Education Levy is here.Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at September 02, 2004 07:00 AM | Email This