Democrat State Senator Rosemary McAuliffe recently became the latest lawmaker to sign the “Paramount Duty Resolution,” a liberal excuse for gathering email addresses through a petition to fully fund K-12 education. To celebrate, the sponsoring group Washington’s Paramount Duty, posted the following on Facebook:
The group misses the irony of their post, which is the shocking hypocrisy of Sen. McAuliffe. As the longtime chair of the Senate’s education committee, McAuliffe was a major player in the underfunding of public education that led to the state Supreme Court’s 2012 McCleary Decision which declared the state was not funding our public schools to the degree required by the state constitution.
McAuliffe was first elected in 1992. Since then, McAuliffe has been part of the problem of Democrats putting special interests before schools in the state budget for a generation. Democrats have controlled at least one house of the Legislature in 28 of the last 30 years – and had complete control of the Legislature in 14 of those years. A Democrat governor has signed every state budget since 1985.
Showing her true stripes, McAuliffe was willing to vote against a bill she had sponsored – and was still extolling the virtues of it on her Senate web site after she voted against it – all to curry favor with the state teachers union. She chose to “just say no” to $40 million dollars in federal education aid to at-risk student programs rather than cross the WEA at a time it was helping retire debt left from McAuliffe’s 2012 campaign.
More, McAuliffe and other members of her party opposed the GOP’s College Affordability Program because it sought a more permanent solution to the problem of huge tuition increases for middle class families. Under Democrat “leadership” in the Legislature —including McAuliffe’s— students pursuing a higher education have faced an exponential growth in tuition rates.
If McAuliffe was more willing to take substantive steps to help improve education, rather than merely sign her name to a piece of paper, our public schools would be in a better place than they are now. A public shaming is certainly in order for Rosemary McAuliffe.
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