Investing in students is the way to help our economy

Seattle Times Letters to the Editor February 14, 2012

Kudos to Rep. Larry Seaquist for calling it like it is. In his guest opinion piece, he warns that although Washingtonians appear to be fairly educated, if you look below the surface you will see the true story, our educational status is an illusion because we import many educated people to fill coveted positions [“Education innovation: Washington’s ladder to long-term success,” Opinion, Feb. 10].

Seaquist says it well, that “investing in our colleges, universities, and most important, our students is our ticket out of this economic slump and the best medicine for our ailing economy.”

Washington is fortunate to have an excellent system of public and private, two-year and four-year colleges, creating a broad range of choices for our students. Choice creates a greater chance of completion and successful entry into the workforce. The state’s laudable investment in student financial aid must be maintained despite these difficult times. Many low-income students simply will not be able enroll or to finish college due to financial pressures without this critical financial aid. The Legislature should strengthen its commitment to students in the form of student financial aid.

Investing in students is, indeed, the “best medicine for an ailing economy.” — Deborah B. Cushing, Seattle