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December 21, 2012

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Why would you expect to find reasonable debate about education in online news reports? Most of the people who read the news don't even check up on their kids when they come home with schoolwork. After all, isn't it the teacher's job to do everything?

Things are changing. People are not as concerned about their children's education as they were in the past. When things go wrong with funding, etc, they harass teachers, instead of taking their concerns where they can really make an impact- at the governmental level.

Rob, those are my worries exactly. At least if people keep talking about it, it won't be forgotten. What can the court do? Not much, and there is some mention of this in the dissenting opinion at the end of the court order I've linked to.

I do wonder what will happen if the legislature does not do what the court wants by 2018? Will the ruling prove toothless?

This is a mess. The supreme court can't dictate to the legislature how to balance the budget or whether to raise taxes. If the legislature fails to meet these ambiguous benchmarks what could the supreme court do? They could fine the legislature or hold them in contempt. But who do they punnish? Every member of the senate or the house? Only those who were reelected?

I agree - I think the news coming out of Olympia has been reassuring.

There is no way around this issue - we have to find new revenue and we have to raise taxes. I'm disappointed that we still need 51% to cut taxes but 75% to raise them. Shouldn't a vote be a vote? Why does raising revenue need a vote plus another .25 vote?

We have been limping along without adequate resources for almost my whole career. An entire generation of students have graduated, split by those whose parents could supplement adequately and those whose parents couldn't. And we wonder why our numbers are what they are.

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