March 22, 2014
School districts have huge amount of money

Many people were shocked when Senator R. McAuliffe opposed the bill she sponsored. Seattle Times SB 5246 would have modified state teacher evaluation to be in line to get a waiver from President Obama's No Child Left Behind Act and qualify Washington for $38 million in federal funds. Why would the senior senator vote against her bill, so it was defeated?

The WEA. The leaders and lobbyists of the state teachers' union opposed any connection of the evaluation of teachers with the results of their students' learning. It would have included a component of student test scores. 

But why throw money back to President Obama? The Washington State Supreme Court says the state is not providing enough...? Because the school districts have a huge amount of money. Huh? In the Olympian newspaper:

"When you look at OSPI documents as to the huge amount of money that is rolled over by school districts every year in Title I, they will be able to still provide the services that their students need," WEA lobbyist Lucinda Young told a Senate budget panel March 3.

So they have plenty of money. No, she didn't say "plenty," she said "huge amount." A few dozen millions of dollars? Didn't notice it.

We won't forget this when reforms are rejected because the education establishment just needs more money.

Via Liv Finne at Washington Policy Center.

Posted by Ron Hebron at March 22, 2014 08:30 AM | Email This
Comments
1. It is too bad that most voters do not know the power the WEA has over the Democrat party. If they knew their representatives are totally owned by a union, they might put a little more effort into deciding who to vote for than blinding checking anyone with a D behind their name.

Posted by: RJK on March 22, 2014 09:12 AM
2. 38 million seems like a lot, if your really bad at math.

You have to divide by 295 districts in the state.

38,000,000 / 295 = $128,813

128k per District seems like just a subsidy to pay for materials, class time, and resources to administer a federal test that people say have very little value since it warps all instruction around it.

Seattle public schools has 47,000 students. so thats *around* 3 dollars a student.

Its pretty hilarious when a critique of how schools spend money fails because of basic math.

Whats the editorial message of this post? we should blindly jump on the federal teat because dollars..?

Posted by: meanie on March 22, 2014 09:37 AM
3. "Whats the editorial message of this post?"

To continue milking The Rodney Tom Occupation's humiliation of Sen. McAuliffe, a liberal supporter of education who, unlike The Rodney Tom Occupation, was actually entrusted with majority power by us voters.

Although staggeringly and obviously incompetent in composing and passing legislation which would improve the lives of Washingtonians, The Rodney Tom Occupation excels in political back-stabbing, knife-twisting, promise-breaking, hostage-taking, and general malfeasance. This site loves to celebrate such "leadership," hence yet another post flogging this matter; Adam Faber hacked away at it as well, awhile back.

Posted by: tensor on March 22, 2014 05:02 PM
4. Meanie@2, to be fair, the $38 million would presumably be divided roughly in proportion to district size, so Seattle would get more than 1/295th of it. It averages to around $38 per student. I don't know whether that's worth the cost or benefit, but $38 is a more reasonable figure than $3.

Posted by: Bruce on March 22, 2014 05:52 PM
5. This travesty can be laid at the foot of the WSSC. They are legislating from the bench, which is abuse of the State Constitution and a slap in the face to taxpayers. The WSSC is currying favor with the WEA. Corruption at high levels is what is causing the schools to have a huge amount of money.

Any alternative funding schemes were rejected by the legislature, who seeked to expand their power base by catering to the WEA, which will continue to indoctrinate students and they don't care one whit. Until the dynamics change, the WEA/NEA will continue to dumb down kids and make us look more ignorant and stupid with every passing year in the eyes of the rest of the world. Reminds me of a George Orwell work, namely Animal House.

Posted by: KDS on March 22, 2014 07:28 PM
6. @1 - Spot on - However the only way for that truth to be known is to have the loyal opposition spread it around and communicate this at town hall meetings and other campaign stops. The other part of the battle is for voters to wake up and be less apathetic and ignorant about how this government is NOT working for them; it works for the WEA lobby - which loves to spend other peoples' money.

Posted by: KDS on March 22, 2014 07:33 PM
7. Common Core, and its raping of US history, total confusion of math and basic sciences, and destruction of morals, is the goal of the Communist WEA.

Posted by: Independent Voter on March 22, 2014 08:13 PM
8. Common Core is just an evolution of the Outcome based math - math taught by pathetic brainwashed dummies of the WEA/NEA/State masquerading as teachers .

May their ideology rot in hell, where a number of lemming Democrat voters will keep company with them in the afterlife :(

Posted by: KDS on March 22, 2014 09:01 PM
9. @2: Whats the editorial message of this post? we should blindly jump on the federal teat because dollars..?

Not even for dollars per se, as total funding isn't going to be reduced. Ron is lying when he says that the state is going to "qualify for money", and the sources he quotes specifically say this:

If Washington loses its waiver, it would mean any school district receiving federal Title I funding would have to set aside 20 percent of that money to pay for private tutoring efforts, rather than other Title I programs such as all-day kindergarten, counseling services or preschool for struggling low-income students.

Posted by: demo kid on March 23, 2014 06:33 AM
10. @5: Until the dynamics change, the WEA/NEA will continue to dumb down kids and make us look more ignorant and stupid with every passing year in the eyes of the rest of the world. Reminds me of a George Orwell work, namely Animal House.

That famous George Orwell book that was made into a John Landis movie starring John Belushi? Had a young Kevin Bacon?

Yes, ignorant and stupid indeed.

Posted by: demo kid on March 23, 2014 06:39 AM
11. .
What?
No post at (un)SP with prophecy of catastrophe or predictions of repeal on this, the 4th anniversary of ObamaCare?

It looks like you've self skewed.

Posted by: MikeBoyScout on March 23, 2014 07:42 AM
12. Ron Hebron "But why throw money back to President Obama?"

Tell that to Georgia Gov. Deal (R), who refuses to expand Medicaid even as he tries to limit access to emergency rooms for the poor. Send that money back too! In other words, you Republicans would let the poor die for lack of health care because it's really, really important for you to "throw money back to President Obama".

The last two posts had Adam slamming Democrats for not spending millions for TVW cameras which one of his own right-wing commenters insisted could be purchased for only $100,000, and now Ron Hebron calling for more slop from the federal trough. Why send it back, Ron asks, even as Republican governors in many red states even now are "sending it back to President Obama" by refusing Medicaid expansion. In other words, when it comes to "sending it back to President Obama", poor people dying is more motivation to send it back than the testing which you would use to hate on teachers, unions and public schools.

Situational with your "send it back" ethics much? Obviously.

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on March 23, 2014 12:59 PM
13. "That famous George Orwell book that was made into a John Landis movie starring John Belushi? Had a young Kevin Bacon?

Yes, ignorant and stupid indeed."

That movie apparently went nowhere - although Belushi was always good. There was a cartoon movie of Animal Farm that was made in the 1950's that was more popular. So, you admit this states' education system is f'd up. I give you credit for being self-deprecating toward your own political party. Other than that, you have zero rebuttal.

Posted by: KDS on March 23, 2014 06:04 PM
14. "Its pretty hilarious when a critique of how schools spend money fails because of basic math."

As MikeBoyScout noted, awhile ago, there's little which is more amusing than watching the (u)SP brain trust grapple with the topic of education.

Posted by: tensor on March 23, 2014 06:40 PM
15. tensor, I thought it was odd to read your comments about Rodney Tom and his "occupation," which you intimate is unfair or illegitimate. Just so you know, we directly elect our senators, but the people do not directly elect the majority leader. That is done by the senators themselves once they get to Olympia. Most of the senators elected in the last election chose Sen. Tom to lead the chamber. That's totally legitimate. And if it makes you pouty and grumpy, then you guys will have a chance to replace Sen. Tom with someone else. Best of luck. :)

Also, I normally wouldn't mention it, but you say other people commenting are stupid so I want to help you out in case you ever face the same charge -- there's a difference between "a while" and "awhile."

Posted by: bill on March 23, 2014 07:39 PM