The Washington Education Association (WEA) rolled out its endorsements – and possibilities of big chunks of campaign cash – over the weekend. Democrat State Representative Chris Reykdal won the sole endorsement of the WEA in his race for Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI).
The endorsement comes as no real surprise. Reykdal has been pandering to the WEA since he announced his candidacy. Among other pro-special interests stances, Reykdal voted against the bill to save voter-approved public charter schools.
But, Reykdal didn’t stop with mere opposition to the bill.
As Shift reported, in an effort to disrupt efforts to pass the bill, Reykdal went as far as to sponsor an amendment to eliminate the requirement that parents be informed of charter school options in their district. Effectively, he pushed parental ignorance when it comes to the education of their children as a policy – all for the WEA.
Well, the WEA rewarded Reykdal for all his pandering. We expect a rather large check, courtesy of the forced-dues-paying union members, to head Reykdal’s way soon.
The rather obvious exchange of services rendered exposes the fraudulent nature of the WEA. You see, the WEA’s source of power does not come from the noble job of its members to teach and inspire the next generation. Rather, the WEA’s source of power comes from taking dues from its members in order to give to politicians (like Reykdal) who support its special interests agenda.
And you don’t have to take Shift’s word for it – just look at this post announcing Reykdal’s endorsement:
Erin Jones (a former teacher who is also running for SPI) got a taste of how far her former union would go to ensure that its give-and-take relationship with politicians lasts. According to Jones, the WEA sought to disparage her candidacy. Here’s what she posted on Facebook:
For the WEA and Reykdal, it’s not about furthering the education of the next generation. Their opposition to public charter schools proved that. Rather, it’s about gaining more obtaining more power [and money] at the expense of members and Washingtonians.