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ELECTION: Inslee off-base on education ‘gimmick’

Letter by Richard K. Knuth, Tacoma on Oct. 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm with No Comments »
October 19, 2012 1:13 pm

Peter Callaghan’s column (TNT, 10-18) highlights Jay Inslee’s refusal to respond in any meaningful way to a central element of this year’s state Supreme Court ruling in McCleary v. State – the requirement to address inequities in the current local levy system for funding public schools.

Inslee characterizes the bipartisan effort to address these inequities as a “gimmick.” Either he does not understand the impact of grossly inequitable levy rates on thousands of our state’s students or he doesn’t care. Does Inslee lack the courage to confront the unjust system because it might cost him votes in property-rich districts with low rates?

It is unconscionable that the amount of funding for a child’s education in the state of Washington is dependent on where that child is born and resides – such as Snohomish County vs. Yakima County or King County vs. Pierce County.

I am a lifelong Democrat who will vote for Rob McKenna as a direct result of Inslee’s cynical campaign tactics and ill-informed stance on this important issue.

(Knuth is an associate professor of education at the University of Washington Tacoma.)

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