DISRUPT STUDENT SERVICES TO WIELD POWER OVER PRIORITIES
The Washington Education Association decided last year that they would be unhappy about the Legislature, so they planned on staging one-day strikes this spring.
Since 2009, the state provision for education has increased 15 percent
on a per-student basis. The priorities lawmakers have established
respond to research, the court and the citizens they represent.
Lawmakers of both parties have agreed to fund materials for students,
full-day kindergarten and smaller class sizes in the grades where it
makes a measureable difference.
Washington Education Association is unhappy about these priorities, and frustrated by attempts to secure accountability.
These strikes are not about money, but about control. Read more here.
The Freedom Foundation is working to get media coverage to the ways the
union officials put employee interests ahead of students interests
and how wrong it is for them to be abandoning their jobs.
If students are truant, they are taken before a judge. If families
refuse to pay their property tax levy, they risk losing their homes.
Even the Legislature itself has been found in contempt by the Supreme
Court for not doing its part for education.
How can teachers who have signed a contract to work 180 days
refuse to perform the paramount duty of the state of Washington without
DOES YOUR SCHOOL BOARD PUT STUDENTS BEFORE UNIONS?
The Freedom Foundation has just completed an analysis of teacher union contracts to document their impact on services -- Grading the Teachers Union Contracts
For the top 45 school districts, representing two thirds of the students in Washington, we analyzed seven key values: Levy Spending Priorities, Financial Responsibility, Student-Focused Calendar, Class Size, Wage Fairness, Employee Choice and Reliable Service (teacher strikes).
What grade did your school district's union contracts get? See here
SPECIAL SESSION TO PAY OFF INSLEE'S UNION DONORS
Government unions exist to increase the cost of services, lower the
service levels and reduce accountability for government employees.
Employees interests are important, but should not be mistaken for
the public interest.
Gov. Jay Inslee negotiated increases to government employees base wage over and above the other kinds of increases already received by 86 percent of state employees. The current salary arrangement is not producing shortages of government employees.
But Inslee needs to produce results sought by the public sector unions
who provided $4.7 million in contributions to put him at the negotiating
After funding education and other needs from the $3 billion of new
revenue, the governor needs a tax increase of at least $1 billion to
afford raises. The governor's demand for higher taxes means the
Legislature will not end on time (April 26).
The Freedom Foundation bought newspaper advertisements to expose this cronyism. See here
SECRET ITEM FOR THOSE WHO READ THIS FAR
The Washington Education Association is running a radio advertisement to blast the Senate budget.
"State Senate Republicans just voted to actually increase class sizes" First, the Senate Republicans are changing the WEA's initiative 1351
to return to the existing staffing ratios for higher grades before they
are implemented. This is not the same as increasing class sizes.
Second, the House Democrats are also budgeting on the basis of
maintaining existing staffing ratios for higher grades. What? No radio
Third, without an on-site survey, nobody knows what actual class size
is. The best we know is the ratio of staff to students, and currently
schools have one teacher for every 18.2 students. For every teacher
holding up a sign saying their class size is in the 30s, there must be
some teacher somewhere else with a very different number. School boards
have the responsibility for how staff are deployed.