I received an email from Judi Owens, president of the Public School Employees of Washington, that included this statement:
“As the legislative session begins next week, education funding reform – including school employee insurance reform – must be at the forefront of everything lawmakers do. We must see measurable improvement in school funding beginning in 2012.”
Does she really believe that the Washington Supreme Court’s decision on education funding (TNT, 1-6) was to include the out-of-pocket health-care costs of the staff as part of basic education?
We have buildings closing, kids with fewer educational opportunities, people losing their jobs and even more cuts to basic education, yet she felt it necessary to send out this rally cry to employees that insurance reform should be included in basic education funding reform.
This seems rather ill-timed, petty and selfish to me.