Washington's Office of Public Instruction reports that 10 of Pasco's 19 schools score in the bottom 10 percent on statewide exams. When compared only to schools sharing Pasco's socioeconomic challenges (low income, non-English speaking, migratory) we still are in the bottom half. Roughly 60 percent of districts with our same challenges perform better than we do.
Faced with this less-than-desirable situation, I believe it is time to get some new people on the Pasco School Board. The incumbent members of the board are fine people, but it is time to sincerely thank them for their service and put some fresh minds on these pressing problems.
Our community is blessed with an abundance of talented people and we should make better use of that talent. The three candidates running for Pasco School Board (Christensen, Phillips, Ruiz) are not a referendum on the present school board members as much as they are about fresh perspectives on lingering, long-term problems that plague the district. Please vote for Steve Christensen, Amy Phillips and Javier Ruiz.
JOHN HUGHLETT, Pasco