Far-Left activist Darcy Burner has lowered her sights a bit and is running for political office at the state level. Burner declared her candidacy for State House in the 5th Legislative District.
Just to be clear, this is the same Burner who proudly declared her Bernie Sanders-esque views before it became so popular among the liberals in places like Seattle. Burner ran against Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, in 2006 and 2008, in the 8th Congressional District, and lost both times despite million-dollar-plus campaigns. She then tried her luck in the 1st Congressional District in 2012, only to lose in the Democratic primary against fellow big-spender Suzan DelBene.
Clearly, being a three-time loser has not stopped her.
Burner has decided to make education the center of her campaign. She stated:
“Our schools should be the best in the nation. Education is the paramount duty of state government, but the state legislature isn’t getting the job done…. I will work tirelessly to finally live up to our McCleary mandates and fully fund education. No issue is more important to our state’s future.”
Of course, Burner failed to mention anything about the future of public charter schools. If she did, she wouldn’t be able to count on the support of the Washington Education Association (WEA).
Yet, Democrats’ failure to support charter schools is the very position that so weakens arguments on education made by candidates like Burner.
Public charter schools continue to battle Democrats and special interests for survival. Supporters point to facts that demonstrate the schools’ success. For example, two public charter schools in Tacoma, which have used various strategies to stay open, are reporting positive gains for students reflected in test scores.
As long as Democrats like Burner continue to remain silent or outright oppose charter schools, they demonstrate that they do not truly care about the future of education in our state.