Notwwithstanding the hype contained in the intro to this bill, "running start" programs have come under much criticism by noted educators. There is a very real question about what is the best division of educational responsibilities between high school and college, community colleges included. However, in this specific case our legislative body examines the current situation in which about 400 students--that's all!--are using running start in Washington. Beyond those students and their parents, the taxpayers are not involved. The cost to the students is somewhere in the range of $1500/year, although the bill is not clear on this and the OFM comes comes up with a much larger figure. My point is that our legislature should be focused on the BIG management items, not some nickel-and-dime stuff that impacts a minute fraction of us.