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EDUCATION: No more funding shell games

Letter by Pam Kruse, Olympia on Feb. 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm with 8 Comments »
February 16, 2012 3:40 pm

It is time for lawmakers to stop playing shell games with education funding.

For the past several weeks, Washington lawmakers have been spending lots of time and energy on worn-out distractions and false solutions to our state’s education needs.

First we were told charter schools would be the magic bullet, but across the country a ridiculous number of charter schools are either failing or are bogged down in controversy. Then lawmakers chose to focus on punitive teacher evaluations, a distraction from the real issues facing our public schools. And then came their money-losing health care scheme, which would punish educators for their efficient, money-saving health care pool and actually cost state taxpayers $45 million more.

And all these distractions come on the heels of a landmark state supreme court ruling indicating the state has not met its constitutional obligation to fully fund Washington’s schools.

If lawmakers will not stand up and do the right thing on their own, then it is up to us to make our voices heard. That is why educators, parents and education supporters across the state are standing strong and standing together, insisting lawmakers end their shell games, quit being distracted and begin work on meeting their constitutional duty on public education funding.

Join us by calling or emailing your legislators to tell them to get to work on real solutions. Urge them to respect Washington’s long-standing commitment to public education.

No more shell games. Our kids deserve a quality education.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. sandblower says:

    Go get’em Pam. Every lawmaker who votes against proper education funding needs to be replaced. And that includes firing those who oppose raising the necessary revenue to do the job.

  2. itwasntmethistime says:

    So, Pam, how much money do you think it would take to get every student to show up for school every day, ready with homework in hand, ready to learn? If you come up with an actual dollar figure and a feasible plan to rid children of all the negative factors they bring from home you will have solved all our problems.

    cc — Back on the retard thing, huh? Yes, it’s all an evil plot to hide people with disabilities in institutions. Shhhhhh!

  3. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    you dummies just voted for new levies. You did the job for the legislature. They are winning because you idiots vote in levies that take the pressure off them to fund schools. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

  4. ctdrules says:

    Another non-article, thanks for nothing.

  5. commoncents says:

    taxed – it did no such thing. Voting for these levies ensured only that our schools will be funded in the interim while the state tries to figure out what the SC decision means. It maintains the status quo in regards to current funding which the SC has already deemed inadequate.

  6. blakeshouse says:

    The politburo and their masters in the teachers union know that the idiot sheeple in this state will tax themselves out of house and home to throw more good money after bad in this states socialist indoctrination camps that pass themselves off as schools. After all most went thru the indoctrination themselves and know no other way and refuse to even consider any other way.

  7. BigSwingingRichard says:

    If you want your kids to get a quality education, I have two words for you: Private School.

  8. SwordofPerseus says:

    If that’s the case Rich, I have three words for you; End of Empire.

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