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Candidate Dorn endorsed eliminating schools chief job that incumbent Dorn now opposes

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Jan. 5, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
January 6, 2011 10:27 am

It was during a debate before the Association of Washington Business in September, 2008. Challenger Randy Dorn said he would support eliminating the very job he was running for – the state Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Here’s what I wrote from Semiahmoo after the debate (I was one of the questioners, along with C.R. Douglas).

One interesting revelation from Thursday’s debate between Randy Dorn and Terry Bergeson is that Dorn, the challenger, said he would support a constitutional amendment to eliminate the school superintendent as an elected office.

Dorn said the top schools job should be appointed, perhaps by the governor.

Bergeson, the 12-year-incumbent, said she thinks it should continue to be elected by the voters.

The Washington Policy Center picked up on Dorn’s campaign position in a 2008 blog post on a legislative proposal to get rid of the office.

It quoted Sen. Rodney Tom‘s explanation for his bill.

“The governor doesn’t have control over how education policy is implemented and it’s 41 percent of our state’s budget,” Tom said. “Education is our paramount duty, yet our governor doesn’t have oversight authority over the agency.”

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