August 23, 2004
Judith Billings

State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Judith Billings has been endorsed by the teachers' union: WEA-PAC backs Billings over Bergeson --
Current state schools superintendent fails to win school employees' confidence
. The union bosses are upset that incumbent Terry Bergeson crossed their red lines by supporting accountability and parental choice. In case anybody is confused about who Billings would report to, this page on her campaign website should clear up any doubts:

"We know we can count on Judith Billings to fight for us."

Randy Dorn,
Executive Director
of Public School Employees of Washington

The Public School Employees of Washington is the union representing the non-teacher school employees, such as lunchroom cooks and bus drivers. If you think the state superintendent's priority should be fighting for the officials of the teachers' and bus drivers' unions, then you should vote for Judith Billings. On the other hand, if you think the superintendent should be fighting to get the best education for our state's children, you should probably vote for somebody else.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at August 23, 2004 01:01 PM | Email This
1. But be careful--the other two candidates are the incumbent, Terry Bergeson, an establishment type who has only recently fallen out of favor with the Unions, and Juanita Doyon, and anti-testing zealot with no public service experience who wants to pull out of federal funding to avoid NCLB. None of these candidates are perfect or conservative, but Bergeson is probably the lesser of three evils.

Posted by: Timothy on August 23, 2004 03:27 PM
2. Did you mean to say "Billings is probably the lessor..."?

Is this a nonpartisan position? (Where all we ever will get is a D, an S, and a G to choose from?)

Posted by: Al on August 23, 2004 03:41 PM
3. Agreed. Bergeson is the lesser of the evils.

Posted by: Stefan Sharkansky on August 23, 2004 04:01 PM
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