Local State Lawmakers Talk Education
RICHLAND, WASH. -- The Washington State P.T.A. is gearing up for the upcoming legislative session, and Thursday night, hosted a roundtable meeting with local lawmakers in Richland. State Senator Jerome Delvin and Representative Larry Haler were on hand to answer questions on a number of education topics that are included in the state P.T.A.'s legislative platform for the 2007 session. The P.T.A. is pushing for more education funding, a simple majority for levies and bonds, reduced class sizes, required regular recess periods, better education funding and stronger math and science programs. "And we're no longer teaching fundamentals, we're expecting the children, I guess, from what I can see, to come in ready to learn at the college level in 1st grade and that's just not going to be the case. Obviously we need to follow through in the home, we need follow through from teachers. This is a team effort," said Rep. Larry Haler of the 8 th District. Another hot topic of discussion at the meeting was the WASL test, which Haler says either needs to be replaced or completely reworked.