LETTER: An Open Letter to the Highline Community

Over the past several weeks, “Yes for Schools” signs have been disappearing. Our signs have been removed from major intersections and thoroughfares, especially those posted near “Vote No” signs.

Now someone has removed the “Yes” sign right from my front yard!

Highline Citizens for Schools has not removed or tampered with any bond opponents’ signs. Not only is it unethical, it is a criminal act, punishable by up to 90 days in jail. If you have any information about removal of our signs, we urge you to report it to your local police and/or highlinecfs@gmail.com.

Not only have bond opponents trespassed on private property to remove signs, their flyers and mass emails are filled with half-truths, distortions, and inaccuracies.

These tactics are a reflection of bond opponents’ values. They play fast and loose with the facts. They have failed to register their campaign with the state, as required by law, though they are posting signs, distributing leaflets, and soliciting campaign contributions. They call themselves “SSOS”, but they are skirting the law and hiding their identities, and thus their agenda.

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LETTER: Repair or rebuild?

Dear Editor:
This may seem counter intuitive, but it is often cheaper to construct a new building than to continue pouring money into repairs of an old deteriorating structure.

That is certainly the case with nearly 100-year-old schools like Highline High in Burien and Des Moines Elementary, which will be replaced if voters approve Highline Public Schools construction bond measure in November.

As you can imagine, schools built in the 1920s were not built to current fire or earthquake codes. Heating, ventilation and plumbing are also seriously out of date. They also lack the critical electrical capacity to support technology our students need to be prepared for the workplace of today and tomorrow.

Given the limits of the old construction in buildings that have lasted way past their intended lifespans, it might be impossible to make needed repairs at any cost. Continually repairing deteriorating buildings is costly and money now spent on repairs can be invested back into the classroom.

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LETTER: Washington Voters: Vote NO On I-1351

I-1351 is a deceptive and misleading bill that funds staff to rubber stamp

institutionalizing youth in fraudulent and abusive residential programs
while claiming to "reduce class size". The reduction in class size does
not come from hiring more teachers and building more classrooms. It
comes from taking poor and minority students out of their homes and
communities and placing them in private detention centers.

While the arguments for and explanatory statement mislead voters, the
bill itself is quite clear on this point, it says:

"Except as required for class size reduction funding provided under
subsection (4)(f) of this section and as may be required under chapter
28A.155, 28A.165, 28A.180, or 28A.185 RCW, or federal laws and
regulations, nothing in this section requires school districts to use basic
education instructional funds to implement a particular instructional approach
or service. Nothing in this section requires school districts to maintain a
particular classroom teacher-to-student ratio or other staff-to-student ratio or
to use allocated funds to pay for particular types or classifications of
staff." Source:

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