The geniuses over at the Washington Education Association (WEA) are, once again, proving they are in desperate need of a remedial civics lesson. The big labor group is not happy with state Attorney General Bob Ferguson asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its charter school ruling. So, the WEA drafted a petition in an attempt to stop him. An email from the WEA advertising the petition reads,
“The Washington Supreme Court was clear: The state’s controversial charter school law is unconstitutional. The court threw out the entire law earlier this month. Yet, Democratic Attorney General Bob Ferguson, at the request of private charter school operators, plans to petition the court to reverse its decision and to allow public taxpayer dollars to fund privately run charter schools.
“We have a better idea — let’s petition Attorney General Ferguson and urge him to drop his ill-conceived request for reconsideration. Email him and tell him to reconsider. Instead, as the state’s top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Ferguson should focus on getting the state to comply with another Washington Supreme Court case — the McCleary school funding decision.
“Send the AG a message: Reconsider, Bob.”
Contrary to the WEA’s claims, the Attorney General’s office is not asking the court to reconsider “at the request of private charter school operators.” The principle responsibility of the Attorney General is to represent the state. In this particular case, that means representing the voters’ who passed the charter school initiative in 2012 and defending charter schools.
Further, the WEA is urging supporters to ask the Attorney General to “focus on getting the state to comply with another Washington Supreme Court case — the McCleary school funding decision.” The statement, once again, proves that the WEA does not understand the Attorney General’s role. Because his responsibility is to the state, Ferguson represents the state Legislature in the McCleary case.
By its reaction, we can only assume that the WEA is rather upset over the fact that they cannot tell all Democrat elected officials what to do and when to do it—sometimes the elected Democrats are obligated by the state constitution to ignore the WEA.