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Why are we judging our school district based on their ability to save every penny? Lake Washington School District provides one of the best educations in our state. Families and businesses move here due, in part, to our schools and stunning graduates. These are not empty words. Compare district graduation rates, MSP/HSPE, SAT, awards — you name it. (http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/) Our district is in the top five in our state and they are focused on being the best. We should be celebrating how lucky we are to have such amazing schools and students! Woo-hoo!
Community Events, April 2014
It’s been quite interesting and amusing to read recent letters from parents and advocacy groups complaining about “old schools” and “class overcrowding.” It’s as if only brand new schools and spacious classrooms are conducive to student learning and their future success. On top of this, there was an initial $755 million bond measure to “address our urgent growth crisis.”
You have to love the way everything gets turned around when politics and emotions get involved.
After reading the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Bond Levy Report found on their website, I find it puzzling as to why a tax rate increase is necessary to fund the construction bond. Growth in school enrollment generally corresponds with the growth in population and results in growth in the real estate tax base. That has indeed been the case in LWSD based on statistics, even in LWSD’s own reports.
Members of the LWSD community share their thoughts on the district's bond measure.