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Gov debate: Education

Will you ask for a new tax for schools?

Inslee: No. I'm proposing job creation (to increase revenue) and close some of the corporate tax loopholes. We are 5th in high tech jobs, but 46th in the production of students to fullfill those jobs...We have to have changes that can't wait for additional funding. Not allow substandard teachers in the classroom, expand science technology and math education.

McKenna: We can't put more money into an unreformed system. Look for more money on all day kindergarten, close tax loopholes, squeeze the budget, repurpose existing spending on things like administration.

Inslee: This is not a time to take away money (for charter schools)

Followup: Take a new fund source off the table?

Inslee: Yes. Finance our schools through growth.

McKenna: We have a dedicated source, it's called the general fund. That's what paramount duty says.

Inslee: We can't wait for the billion dollars to make the reform.

McKenna: We can find the money in the state budget.

Followup: Do you support a ballot measure for charter schools?

McKenna: This is a too we ought to have in our state. All states with major metropolitan areas have them. They should be part of the mix. There are other models for innovation too. I'll be voting yes.

Inslee: Great innovation going on around the state. I'm going to put $1 billion more into the budget, don't want to have some of it going out for charter schools. Only 1 in 5 succeed. I'll be voting no.

McKenna: These charter schools are public schools

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