From school funding to class sizes, we field your questions about education in Washington state.
And the winning question for this round of Education Lab IQ is: “The current testing-oriented education environment seems to assume that every student should go to college. Is this a realistic assumption, or should we be focusing also on educating students who are not “college material?”
Thanks to Christopher Hodgkin, who submitted it, and all of you who voted.
Reporter Claudia Rowe will handle this one, exploring where local districts stand on this question, which has been debated over many years, especially as vocational education classes (the name for courses that aren’t college prep) have declined. Remember wood shop? Not sure there are many wood shop classes left at area high schools.
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Look for what Rowe finds in the next few weeks.
Thanks to everyone who submitted questions for the latest round of Education Lab IQ. You have a lot on your minds about testing, gifted programs, school funding, social promotion — and did we mention funding?
The five finalists are listed below, and include a couple that came close to winning in past rounds. The question that receives the most votes will be assigned to an Education Lab reporter to investigate.
A reminder about how this works: We launched Education Lab IQ (short for Interesting Questions) to find out what you are curious about when it comes to education in Washington state. So far, we’ve answered three questions: 1. “What does it mean to fully fund education?” 2. “What can charters do that other public schools can’t?” and 3. “Court fines total $36M in McCleary school funding case. But will they ever be paid?”
This is round 4.
And if reading the questions below inspires you to ask one, remember that you can always submit more questions here.