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As we enter into the study we see the need to obtain the facts and figures on the nature and extent of preschool education in the state of Washington, understand K-12 funding and programming in the state and in the district, evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of Lake Washington School District, and understand the funding and nature of post-secondary education in our area and the impact of college and post-secondary educated adults in our community.
A key question is: “What is the problem we are trying to address?” While we have not fully defined the problem we do note additional areas for study. Lake Washington School District is a good school district, one of the best in the State. In 2012 91.9% of our seniors graduated on time from high school, a great figure, but what can be done to help the 8% who do not graduate.
Another good statistic is that 79% of our 2011 graduates went on to post-secondary education, but that means 21% do not and they will permanently be lower income earners. How do we help those 21% of our students pursue post-secondary education? The affordability of college education is an issue for all, but especially the middle class. What can be done to reduce the costs of college without reducing the quality of the educated students we graduate from college?
The purpose of The Kirkland Promise Committee is to improve our educational system with the goal of increasing the number of children from Kirkland and from Lake Washington School District to experience success without being penalized by large student loan debts. In order succeed we need to focus on children from birth, through elementary, middle school, high school and onto college.