Thursday, September 27, 2012

Support for Effective Public Education

Today, the Chamber Board voted for more choices for public K-12 education. The Board voted to support Initiative 1240, which would allow a creation of a public charter school system.
The Chamber supports efforts to improve and secure investments for K-12 and higher education in Washington State. Board members believe there is compelling evidence that I-1240 will provide parents and students with a proven alternative for education that has been implemented in 41 other states.
“Providing communities with K-12 education alternatives is a sound investment, paying dividends in a competitive workforce and stronger businesses,” said Tom Pierson, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber President & CEO.
The Chamber’s Board of Directors also adopted the following resolutions:
  • Support: Pierce County Charter Amendment 40 (Councilmanic Supermajority) – Requiring a two-thirds vote of the council to levy or increase a new councilmanic tax.
  • Support: SJR 8221 (Managing State Debt) – Gradually reducing the state debt limit
  • Support: SJR 8223 (UW/WSU Investment Authority) – Grants UW/WSU authority under oversight of State Investment Board to invest enterprise funds in private sector opportunities

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