The News Tribune explains why WEA backed Initiative 1351 is great unions, bad for education. From TNT,
“If adopted, the measure would require hiring 12,000 new teachers plus a legion of administrators, librarians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, custodians, “parent involvement coordinators” and, well, you get the idea.
It’s a lot of money, a lot of new positions, and – not incidentally – a lot of new union members. It’s also a lot of statutory rigidity. For a group that rails about the prescriptive nature of standardized testing and rigid accountability standards, the union would happily impose a fiscal straitjacket on local school districts, micromanaging staffing and compensation policies.”