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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 29, 2014 at 7:04 AM

NCLB waiver: Teachers union is just making an obtuse point

Paul Tong / Op Art

It’s inconceivable to many Washington parents that the majority of our state’s K-12 teachers would accept losing around $40 million in federal dollars — targeting preschool, summer-school, after-school and other critical enhancement efforts. earmarked for our state’s most at-risk kids [“State leaders should save $40 million federal education waiver,” Opinion, April 26].

It’s embarrassing to see the WEA pulling financial strings of its Democratic puppets, and see these legislators very irresponsibly jeopardize these essential services targeting low-income and otherwise disadvantaged kids.

Other state unions and legislatures appear to have had the good sense to pick their battles, as they too continue to lobby and critique the U.S. Department of Education’s emerging federal education policies addressing teacher evaluations.

Other states apparently aren’t willing to throw their disadvantaged kids under the bus because they fear reference in teacher-evaluation protocols to student academic progress as measured by state standardized tests.

Let’s hope our state’s K-12 teachers take collective note of this travesty and take measures within their union to avoid having kids experience program losses in the future, just so the WEA can make an obtuse point about teacher accountability.

Al “Butch” Smith, Seattle

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