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Click on this video to learn about my plan to restore common sense and local control to our public schools.


As a parent and teacher,  I believe every child deserves a quality education. Having a Master's Degree in Child Development, I understand how crucial it is that every child has an experienced teacher and a safe school environment. But I also think it was wrong for the current Superintendent to shut down every school in our state regardless of the circumstances in the school district.  I am therefore running to restore common sense and local control to our schools.

Here is an example of what I mean by common sense and local control. It makes no sense to shutdown schools for months at a time when there is not even a single case of any child anywhere in our state transmitting the corona virus to any adult. It makes even less sense when the risk of a child getting the corona virus is less than the risk of a child getting the common flu. The scientific research, which includes 78 studies from around the world has been consistent and clear on this point: thanks to their remarkable immune systems, children are not a risk to adults – and adults are not a risk to children! Here is a link to a very important study:  https://dontforgetthebubbles.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/COVID-data-top-10.pdf

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Despite this fact, on March 15, 2020, the Superindendent stated that “2 million people in the US could die from the corona virus.” Why did he say this? The answer is he fell for a Fake Science report by a guy named Neil Ferguson claiming that 2 million people in the US would be killed by the corona virus unless people were all locked in their homes. Neil’s college was paid more than $100 million dollars by Bill Gates.

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Based on this grossly mistaken belief, on March 20, the Superintendent agreed with our Governor to shut down every public school in Washington state – schools which were then closed for three months – severely harming the education of over one million students for no good reason.

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Even during the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918, the State Superintendent back then did not shut down a single school - despite the fact that the 1918 flu had a fatality rate 30 times worse than the corona virus. . Instead, the Superintendent placed the decision where it belonged – in the hands of the people who knew the local risk the best – the local school board.

Only a few school districts closed their schools – and even then – they were only closed for an average of 3 to 4 weeks – not 3 to 4 months. For more than 120 years, Washington has been a local control state. We need to return to being a local control state - and trust that local school boards know what is best for the students in their district.

However, shutting down all of the schools was not the worst crime committed against our students. A far more devastating impact is what needlessly shutting down hundreds of thousands of local small businesses will do to school funding in coming years.

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The budget shortfall for the coming biennium is now estimated to be more than $7 billion. Each billion dollars means firing the equivalent of 10,000 teachers, administrators and/or support staff – further worsing the crime against our kids and our schools. These additional cuts will come at a time when school districts are already laying off teachers – and at a time when our students are already subjected to among the highest class sizes in the nation.

This forced lockdown will also cost hundreds of thousands of parents their job – and will dramatically increase homelessness in our state. For every person killed by the corona virus, at least 10 will be killed by the economic lockdown. This destruction of families and local businesses is why the shutdown is a terrible abuse of power on the part of Olympia Bureaucrats and must end for any of us to have any chance at a better future.

What is most tragic is that there never was any need to shutdown our schools or our economy to begin with. As the following chart, shows, severe corona virus infections peaked on March 4, 2020. Corona virus hospital admissions in the US peaked on March 14, 2020 at 90,000 cases. By the time the shutdown and school closure order was issued on March 20, 2020, thanks to our remarkable immune system, severe corona virus infections had already fallen from 90,000 cases to 60,000 cases – a drop of more than 50 percent before the first shutdown orders were issued. Here is a chart based on this CDC data:

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This data makes it clear that the current reduction in hospital admissions and fatalities is due entirely to the human immune system - which for nearly all of us is very capable of handling the corona virus.

Another problem with the lockdown is that social isolation harms our immune system - both from lack of exercise and the extreme stress of listening to the mass hysteria media. Thus, misguided government lockdown orders are actually prolonging infections and fatalities. Locking people in their homes made the risk greater – not less.Social distancing is a perfect example of an extremely bad, top-down, one-size-fits-no-one policy that has no scientific basis and simply represents a failure to understand how well the human immune system actually works.

As one of many examples why forcing people to hide in their houses actually increases risks, studies from New York have now shown that the vast majority of corona virus hospital admissions consist of people who followed the social distancing mandates and rarely – if ever – left their homes. A survey of 1000 new patients at 100 New York hospitals confirmed that 66% of corona virus admissions were people who were following government guidelines to not leave their homes. An additional 18% were locked down in nursing homes and also never went outside. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/06/ny-gov-cuomo-says-its-shocking-most-new-coronavirus-hospitalizations-are-people-staying-home.html

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Very few of these people were taking public transportation. The majority of these people were elderly, and even had someone else do their shopping for them. Very few of them were working. Most were either retired or unemployed. Almost none of these patients were “front-line workers.” This is why locking people up never should have happened in the first place. Locking people in their homes depresses their immune system and makes the risk greater.

On April 11, 2020, real scientists published a real study confirming that actual corona virus cases were 50 times greater than confirmed cases… meaning that many more people have the corona virus than is currently being reported – but they do not know they have the virus because their immune system did such a good job of handling the virus that they did not even have any symptoms. This study has since been confirmed by several studies in several states including CA and NY.

But it also means that nearly one million people in Washington state already have the virus. This is why massive testing and contact tracing will not work. The tests are not accurate and there are now simply too many people in our state with the virus to try to track down all one million of them.

I was so concerned about this needless economic and educational disaster that I wrote an entire 400 page book about it. You can read this book for free at the website common sense book dot org. The book includes a summary of more than 200 studies and quotes from more than 50 doctors.

Needlessly locking people up and greatly increasing the number of fatalities from hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs is only one of the crimes being committed by misguided Olympia Bureaucrats. In the coming months, nearly every family in Washington state will have to deal with the ever increasing consequences of the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs. Parents will not be able to provide food or shelter for their families. Young adults will not be able to find a job no matter how hard they try.

The coming Mega Depression will be much worse than even the Great Depression – and all because hapless bureaucrats in Olympia believed some fake studies - paid for by billionaires - claiming that 2 million people were going to die unless everyone was forced to hide inside their home.

This insanity has to stop. And that is why I am running for State Superintendent - to end the insanity – and restore common sense to Olympia and local control to our public schools. I hope you will join me in ending the reign of error in Olympia. Together, we can and will restore sanity and common sense to our schools and our state government.

Sincerely,

David Spring M. Ed.

springforschools at gmail dot com.

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