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EDUCATION: Expect lighter pocketbooks

Letter by Dave C. Dahlke, Port Orchard on Aug. 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm with 6 Comments »
August 2, 2012 1:32 pm

Re: “McKenna wants $1.7 billion for education” (TNT, 8-1).

All the talk and court action concerning the constitutional requirement for Washington state to pay for basic education is just a way to increase funding for education.

Every election cycle we have to hear politicians state that one of their top priorities is to increase funding for schools. After all, education has a large voting bloc that must be stroked. I have yet to hear one child state that he/she didn’t have the opportunity for an education, and yet the cry goes out for more funding.

Now that the Washington Supreme Court is involved, we can expect that funding for schools will be dependent on its vision of the public education system. We can expect to hear numerous arguments about what basic education is before this is all over.

This debate has been going on for years, and no one yet has arrived at an answer. Turning this over to the court to decide is truly an act of desperation by those who demand an increase in public education funding.

No matter what decisions the court arrives at we should all expect our pocketbooks to get lighter. It’s the way the game is played. If they can’t get the Legislature to do what they believe should be done, take it to court, where more often than not, the court rules in favor of those who present the saddest story.


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  1. truthbusterguy says:

    I am willing to give McKenna a chance here. There are millions wasted in the schools of fluff and union BS. When McKenna says he can send more to education without an increase in taxes I believe him. All you have to do is shut down the socialist programs the democrats have funded in the last 10 years and you will have plenty to go around.

    It’s been said that the government doesn’t have a revenue problem it has a spending problem. That is so true for WA State. The democrats have caused this spending problem and it’s past due time to turn things over to the republicans to fix their mess.

  2. SandHills says:

    A basic rule of American government is that Judges can not legislate from the bench – they can’t force the legislature to raise taxes above that allowed by the voters. So what happens if the legislature gives the finger to the Court – they are put in jail for contempt? Which might be better than what we’ve got now…

  3. TBG,

    To spend more in one area, without increasing taxes, means to cut in aother area.

    So where would ol Macky be cutting?

  4. Fibonacci says:

    He already told you–“those socialist programs the democrats have funded pin the last 10 years”. Truthie only has two posts—–1. the evil public unions are the cause of every problem in the modern world, and 2. we have socialism in Washington state.

    The problem is ignorance. He has no clue as to what public unions do and no idea of what socialism is, he just loves to rant.

  5. mahinaokeiki says:

    There is not a single bit of money wasted in education. If the future and our children’s future is a priority, then you need to spend money on it. For 30 years, the state has underfunded education. Year after year, school districts have had to do more with less to work with. There’s NO WASTING going on. And if your argument is that there is because you simply won’t believe me, then you simply have to look at every industry and business to see that waste happens everywhere. Cutting programs and services our neediest community members needs does what to help them? How will that improve neighborhoods, decrease crime and strengthen families? How do we give our neediest families help to help themselves? By shutting off services and medical assistance and health care? When you hurt others, you also hurt yourself in the process.

  6. LeePHill says:

    Fibonacci – thanks for that interpretation. I never get past the “socialist union blah blah blah” before I blow coffee out of my nose from laughing.

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