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Education using immigration

A never-ending tax. Pay off a bond and start another. They never go away. We are told that there is a need for more school buildings because of overcrowding.

The fact is that the U.S. birth rate has been in decline for years. In 2017, it was the lowest on record. So where are all of these kids coming from? I would hypothesize that immigration and teacher/student rations may have an effect on overcrowding. Another reason to increase funding.

Immigration has run amok for years. Now it’s time to pay the piper for all of this kindness toward immigration. It seemed like a good idea, until it costs money. To improve the teacher/student rations, you have to reduce the class size. Now you may not understand “common core,” however, if you remove five kids from five classes, this would equal a need for new classrooms and schools. Truth be known, the Washington education budget for 2012 was $13.5 billion. Currently, the budget is $18.2 billion. Now we add another $7 billion to that. An 85 percent increase by the 2019-2021 budget.

Simple question: When was the last time you ever received an 85 percent increase on anything?

This is just one reason that immigration is so important to the education association. They have to fill up all these new schools with students.

When you vote, and I encourage you to vote, just be informed on what you’re voting for.

Barbara Phillips

Spokane Valley


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