Letter: Reprioritize school funding

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Despite heavy contributions from taxpayers on K-12 education, kids are getting a class 'D' education. Dropout rates are unacceptable. On average, only about 60 percent of the state education budget goes into the classroom. There are almost 300 school districts in the state represented by outdated, nonteaching, overpaid superintendents with huge staffs, offices and full retirement. Superintendents with perks receive salaries as high as $270,000 a year.

We can no longer afford this failed system. If every school has a principal with staff, we need only one state superintendent. We have wasted billions. Let's put the dollars in higher pay for qualified teachers and better schools. Kids deserve the education to compete with the highly-educated foreign students. Do it now.

Glenn L. Liner

Vancouver