There are only 147 legislators that make the laws that all 7 million people in this state will live by.

We must choose carefully!

We have to look past their sparkling speeches and advertisements of what nice and caring people they are and take a closer look at their voting record to see what they are doing for us…..or to us………

We have been led to believe that State Representative Pat Sullivan is a champion for our schools and is supported by the Teachers Union. Here are some facts:

Washington State was the first state in the country to lose its waiver from the “NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT” because Pat Sullivan wouldn’t allow Teacher Evaluation. This cost our school districts approximately 40 million dollars in federal money for education.

Why would anyone be opposed to Teacher evaluations? That’s how we should determine which teachers are good and which ones are bad. Citizens are not opposed to evaluating teachers, unions are.

 One of our biggest problems is that we can’t get rid of poor performing teachers. They are protected by the unions. The WEA union was opposed to teacher evaluations.

Washington State has a High School non graduation rate of approximately 25 percent.

Pat Sullivan has opposed Charter Schools at every opportunity right up until the end of this session when he finally voted in favor of funding Charter Schools in the final hours. Looking at his legislative record - this is most likely a ploy because he is up for re-election this year.

The voters approved the initiative to create the Charter Schools. We do not need a representative that refuses to comply with what the voters in his district tell him they want.

I believe in more choices for parents. The more the better. If you are not satisfied with the public education you should have the right to send your child to a Charter School and have your tax education dollars follow, just as the majority of the people in the 47th district voted.

Pat repeatedly dangles the teacher shortage in front of the voters. He can’t find the money to hire more teachers but he has no problem passing the “Washington State Real Hope Act” which gifts our tax dollars to the children of illegal aliens for their college tuition. What about “REAL HOPE” for the rest of our tax paying citicens children?

The truth is our schools are a disaster! The Democrats have had control of the Governor seat for over 30 consecutive years and been in control of both the house and senate over 90 percent of that time. With that kind of control of Government how can you fail that miserably in giving the people what they ask for, and what our state constitution requires when it comes to our children’s education?

I am Barry Knowles and I am running for State Representative 47th district and I think it’s time we have new fresh ideas when it comes to education.


I would like to see more local control of the schools. Let the Principals hire and fire teachers. Let the teachers have more say in the curriculum. Teachers should be evaluated on a regular basis. Tenure should not be allowed.

Teachers Unions are not always looking into parents best interest, otherwise they would favor more choices for parents and students.

Instead they seem more interested in making sure every teacher is paying membership dues to the union.

Every certain number of student in the public system requires a certain number of teachers. Each teacher pays 1,000 dollars a year to the union in mandatory dues. For example, If 1,200 children left the public school system to attend charter schools, this could equate to 92 fewer public school teachers. That would reduce the amount of the union’s annual income by nearly 100,000 dollars a year under this scenario. That’s a big hit to the unions who use this money to fund political agendas.

The Unions will spend 10s of thousands of dollars on Pat Sullivan’s re-election campaign this year because they own him and he will vote the way they tell him to. If politicians had to wear a race car drivers uniform with sponsors logos, WEA would be the largest emblem on Sullivan’s uniform.

This kind of public betrayal is what happens when public officials stay in politics too long. They become slaves to the unions and other lobbyists that fund their campaigns and pay less attention to what the public wants.

I will not have those expensive colorful brochures sent to your home because I am not owned by any lobby or special interest group that will be funding me. Instead you will occasionally get a factual article, from me personally.



Barry Knowles

Posted on 07 Apr 2016, 16:24 - Category: EDUCATION

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