In a meeting with the press today, Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray and Sens. Andy Billig and David Frockt discussed their concerns about a package of bills being touted in Olympia as education reforms, but were borrowed from think tanks recently found to be backing legislation that benefits their corporate donors.
“The three bills we heard in the Early Learning and K12 Committee this week, none of them make sense for Washington. And no wonder. They’re cookie-cutter proposals copied from Florida and Louisiana. Not one of these bills moves us one step closer to fulfilling our constitutional obligation to fund basic education,” said Billig.
He noted that the Washington Supreme Court found in its McCleary decision that the education reforms already approved the Legislature are sufficient to meet the state’s obligation to provide an adequate education – but those reforms have not been funded.
“The issue is the overall program is a complete abandonment of the reforms that we’ve already done, that we’ve already worked on, that we’ve already put all of the focus on, and not funded,” said Billig. “And to say we’re going to do something else -- to me it’s just a distraction from our real obligation, which is to fund basic education.”
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