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SCHOOLS: Where have all the leaders gone?

Letter by Carrie Riplinger, Seabeck on Jan. 31, 2012 at 10:44 am with 9 Comments »
January 31, 2012 10:44 am

Children of Washington state take a back seat in the Legislature again. Plastic bags, driving in the rain with headlights and gay marriage are much more important in Olympia.

Kids can’t vote, so year after year the arrogant, self-centered elected “leaders” of our state ignore our schools. House Speaker Frank Chop has an iron grip on every Democrat in the House. Nothing sees the light of day without his blessing. The Senate is the same.

The governor gives lip service. She called a special session of the Legislature, paid lawmakers  for doing nothing and still has no budget solution. While bloated bureaucracies mushroom and gorge on tax dollars, children in our schools receive less and less. But teachers and principals are held accountable when their schools cannot meet all the mandates the state imposes.

The Washington Supreme Court ruled the state is not meeting its constitutional responsibility; Chopp says they’ll “try” to fix that by 2018. So, what happens to our children between now and then? It will take a decade to rebuild the programs, libraries, teaching staff, etc. In the meantime, more kids are robbed of the one thing that most parents can’t provide without public schools.

This illegal and senseless tragedy has occurred over several terms, but Gov. Chris Gregoire has presided over the latest, most egregious attacks on our schools. Her legacy and that of her legislative body of friends will be the disintegration of Washington’s public schools.

Thanks, Queen Chris. You’ll be remembered.

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  1. ManuelMartini says:

    Aside from a hit piece at Democrats, what legislation are you proposing, Carrie?

    Do you expect the Chief executive of this state to control the attacks on schools by the Republican minority?

  2. ” what happens to our children between now and then?”

    Tacoma school district should be doing just fine. We passed several expensive school levies and bonds.

    So if you live in a distict that has supported their schools, I don’t see any real benefit outside of having the money comming from the state instead of local property taxes.

    “Children of Washington state take a back seat in the Legislature again. Plastic bags, driving in the rain with headlights and gay marriage are much more important in Olympia.”

    Work is divided into groups of legislators. So one group works on education, one on the budget, and so on.

    I can’t tell if you live in the 35th district, but if you do, Kathy Haigh is on the education committee. I would pick up the phone and see if you can make an appointment to talk to her. If you are really fired up about this issue, run for office or file an iniative.

    Blame the Queen all you want, but from what I’ve seen, she increased social services and then tried to protect social services as best she could.

    Also note that over the last ten years, the school funding at the state level, including federal and other money, has increased at a rate greater then the population growth and inflation rate. Only since the start of the great recession, last 3 to 4 years. has spending at the state level gone below the population growth and inflation rate. This doesn’t inlude the boat load of money being spend on local levies and bond issues.

  3. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    School Boards have cozyed up to democrats for a time now. Schools have gone from 50% to 40% of the general fund under the reign of the queen. McKenna says he will restore these cuts without raising taxes. This means he will cut the crap.

    I hope that all school districts that send big bucks to the likes of Seaquist and Kilmer remember their votes that cut millions from schools so Frank Chopp could have his social programs that provide services to illegals.

    Hey MM, pants on fire again. You said “Do you expect the Chief executive of this state to control the attacks on schools by the Republican minority?”

    Truth is the general fund vote in 2010 that slashed school budgets didn’t get one GOP vote and the Dem Gov. signed the budget. All the minority can do is not be a part of the 2/3 vote requirements that starve dems of their lifeblood,,,,,,,taxpayer money.

  4. commoncents says:

    So the boards have cozyed up to the dems while their budgets have gone from 50% to 40% of the general fund? Are you sure you don’t have this backwards? Seems to me, if I’m currying favor I’m doing it in order to get a bigger piece of the pie – especially if I’m having it to supplement it with tax dollars that come solely out of my district’s (electorate) pocketbook rather than sharing the pain statewide. Either that or someone’s not really all that good at cozying…

  5. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    Go to the PDC for you local (D) legislator or senator. Get a list of the school board members and your school supt and do a name search at the PDC site and you will find them listed and how much maoney they donated. Mostly between $200 and $500. Always follow the money.

    School boards are so blind to any warm bodied empty suit that has a (D) next to their name they can’t imagine getting stabbed in the back. Well look at the donations the Boards made and look at how the D’s voted on school budget cuts. This was a partsin vote by the D’s.

  6. ReadNLearn says:

    You’re not going to get people with integrity in that realm. This is WEA dominated.

  7. ManuelMartini says:

    Gee, taxedenough, normally you folks are blaming the Gov for being in bed with the WEA. Now that you’ve got a misdirected complaint, you jump the other way. How Republican of you.

    I would have loved to have seen your comments if Gov would have dumped a bunch of money into education as she headed for retirement.

    Everyone in their right mind knows that Republicans want to trash public education and a budget cut for one biennium by a Democrat is indicative of the state of finances, not a policy.

  8. ManuelMartini says:

    Here, taxedenough – a new reading source for you “Soundpolitics”.

    One of their regulars echoes a normal conservative sentiment for public schools:

    “Stop stealing my property taxes for socialist homo schools, Christina Gregoire!!!!!!!!”

  9. taxednotenough says “……School Boards have cozyed up to democrats for a time now. Schools have gone from 50% to 40% of the general fund under the reign of the queen. McKenna says he will restore these cuts without raising taxes. This means he will cut the crap.”
    I look forward to that because the only crap around here comes right after your moniker.

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