There was a time not too long ago when the WEA actually said that losing federal funds due to a failure to comply with federal standards was okay, because school districts would still have huge amount of money to provide children the services they need. Apparently, no one over at the powerful teachers’ union has ever heard of the state Supreme Court’s McClearly decision.
From the Washington Policy Center,
“Union representative Lucinda Young said lawmakers should not worry about the possible loss of control over $38 million because school districts have a “huge amount of money.” At a March 3rd hearing she told a senate panel on that:
“When you look at OSPI documents as to the huge amount of money that is rolled over by school districts every year in Title I, they will be able to still provide the services that their students need.”
Question for the WEA:
Do you still think it’s ok that Washington State lost control of nearly $40 million in federal education funds directed toward low-income children at a time when the state Supreme Court ordered the Legislature to allocate more money to education?
According to the Washington Policy Center, this isn’t the first time the WEA campaigned against education funds for its own benefit.
“The WEA union has argued against education funding before. Some years ago the union fought a $13.2 million grant for teachers who improved student learning in math and science. Union executives said teachers should never receive pay based on how well students are learning.”
The WEA, an on-going study in self-centered behavior.