Surprisingly enough, now that he is freed from trying to pander for liberal votes since he is retiring, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn did something right for once. This week, he filed a lawsuit against seven school districts that — as the Freedom Foundation puts it — “have been complicit, lazy or bullied into letting the union contract negotiations take money away from student needs.”
Teachers union bosses have — for quite some time – negotiated to pull funding from educational programs in order to use for pay raises and expensive benefits for their members. According to the Freedom Foundation, teachers unions “use of strikes, bullying or outright buying of school board seats is one of the primary reasons that increases in funding have not resulted in commensurate increases in services, materials or facilities.”
Dorn insists that he filed lawsuit “not to blame school districts but to put pressure on lawmakers to fully fund public education.” But, for whatever reason Dorn did it and, if his lawsuit is successful, the shady practice of pulling funding from kids will have to end — and, ultimately, that’s what’s important.