In 2012, my main campaign point was that the Legislature would do well to tackle McCleary (school funding) sooner rather than later. The Legislature has now frittered away the time and is facing the state Supreme Court deadline.
Terry Nealey claims to respect teachers, but then chastises them for standing up for their students. The inaction of the Legislature is the issue, not teachers’ rolling walk-outs. Why is the Legislature in special session during the last year of the Supreme Court’s timeline to adequately fund schools? Legislators have had decades to fix this. Why has movement toward a mandated solution been so dismal that most of the ground needs to be made up at the last minute? Why has the Legislature failed to implement voter-approved class-sized reductions?
Rep. Nealey, teachers are sick and tired of “writing letters, sending emails, making calls, attending town meetings, participating in telephone town halls, and commenting on bills online” when all that effort simply results in another year of frozen pay, large classes, and the reliance on a forced regime of flawed standardized tests that causes more damage to students than any teacher walk-out ever will.
Teachers are working for students. Every. Day. Legislators should, too.