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.