I believe strongly about educating our children and preparing them properly for the futures they choose. I am astounded by the lack of will and commitment to get the schools funded correctly in our state. In addition to the outdated funding rates, our school districts have been ordered by state and federal agencies to pay for hundreds of unfunded mandates. This needs to be corrected right away. Washington state is unique as our constitution requires the state to provide funding and education for K-12. Why then has our Legislature not made this a priority? They keep citing budget problems, but I am for the first dollars going to vital services including education.