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EDUCATION: No more funding shell games

Letter by Pam Kruse, Olympia on Feb. 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm | 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.

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