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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

May 10, 2014 at 4:03 PM

K-12 funding: Vitality of our state depends on an educated populace

“Leaving K-12 education up to the Legislature,” as The Times suggests, has already been done — for too many years [“State Supreme Court should accept McCleary report, leave K-12 to Legislature,” Opinion, May 5]. Despite voter approval, and lawsuits by parents, PTAs and school districts, the Legislature continues to shirk its “paramount” constitutional duty on school funding.

Worse, our children’s education is perceived as a political football in Olympia, rather than as the human crisis it is in our communities. Continued inaction to fully fund education is unconscionable, when the future vitality of our state — economically, socially, environmentally, and culturally — is dependent on having a well-educated populace.

Legislators should find the intestinal fortitude to step up to the plate and craft a state taxation system that solves the problem, or resign in shame. Our children’s education — and their futures — must not continue to be a casualty of their partisan political wars, as The Times so cavalierly endorses.

The state Supreme Court is right to demand that legislators ante up. I hope the court sticks to its guns and sues them for the contempt they so clearly hold the parents, students and teachers of our state in, and free up funding, as necessary.

Ann Morgan, Everett

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