In December 2012, the Community Forums Network conducted a survey of 3,264 Washington residents. One of the key questions asked was: "Do you think school districts should reduce their administrative spending so that more money is spent at the classroom level?"
More than 77 percent of the respondents said yes.
Yet, just three months later, during a Legislative Town Hall meeting in Kennewick, state Rep. Larry Haler and Rep. Brad Klippert danced away from responding to a question from the audience about whether or not they supported an independent audit of the 47 percent of the education budget that is allocated to administrative spending.
If we are ever to get a handle on education costs in our state, we must have full and sincere cooperation from our elected representatives.
I urge the teachers to join with the legislators in demanding an independent audit of all administrative costs in the state education budget, with full disclosure to the taxpayers of the audit findings before any increases in spending are proposed.
KEN MYERS, Kennewick