Letter: Running Start's flaws hurting schools, students
Running Start was approved by the Washington Legislature in 1990 and in recent years has taken over Washington's community colleges. Although the program was implemented to benefit high school students, its many flaws are now damaging high schools, colleges and the quality of our society.
First, for each running start student, 93 percent of state funds that would have been provided to the individual's high school is being handed over to community colleges. As a result, Washington high schools are now suffering. With so many students taking classes away from their high school campuses, many teaching and other staff positions are being eliminated.
Also, programs preparing teenagers to enter adult life, such as DECA, are being cut from school budgets. Opportunities to participate in clubs, organizations and school internships are being lost. In addition, Running Start college courses count twice: once toward high school fulfillment and again for college credit. Therefore, Running Start college graduates are entering the career world with two years less schooling. American society already struggles as a result of lowered educational standards. I, for one, am not excited about the lack of education in our next generation of leaders.
MARISSA INZERILLO, Kennewick