Gregoire gives students a pep talk

first_imgStudent leaders from Clark County high schools and beyond hoped to ask Gov. Chris Gregoire questions about the loss of education funding during her visit to the Washington State University Vancouver campus on Thursday.Instead, what they mainly got from the governor was a pep talk on the importance of getting the best education they possibly can, budget cuts or no budget cuts.Reduced state spending for education was an unfortunate result of the need to bridge a $5 billion budget deficit in the just-concluded legislative session, Gregoire said, “but let it not be an excuse for saying we cannot do better.”Gregoire had clearly been inspired by her visit the previous day to tiny Bridgeport in rural north-central Washington, where she spoke to a high school graduating class of 37. Most families in the town are farmworkers, most are poor, and many parents don’t speak English.Yet Bridgeport High placed in the top three nationally this spring in a competition to land President Barack Obama as the school’s commencement speaker. Instead of the President, the students got Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, who, like most of the students, is of Hispanic background.last_img