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September 6, 2014 at 7:21 AM

McCleary case: Should the Supreme Court hold voters in contempt?

The problem is that the state Supreme Court found that the Legislature was not fulfilling its constitutional duty to fund education, even with its latest $1 billion increase. [“Former governors on why Supreme Court should tread carefully in McCleary education case,” Opinion, Sept. 1].

The Legislature has a duty to represent the people, who recently voted against new taxes. Does the court intend to find the voters in contempt? Did the state ever seriously consider an appeal of this decision to the U.S. Supreme Court? Did the Legislature consider a state constitutional amendment to put funding where it should be with the people and their representatives?

To reduce the cost of teacher pensions, a very large potential educational liability to the state, we should institute defined-benefit retirement programs along the lines previously recommended by The Times’ editorial board. Such a plan would have the added benefit of putting teachers in a state of mind more attuned to economic growth, as opposed to their current knee-jerk anti-business attitudes.

Jesse B. Jolibois, Lakewood

Comments | Topics: education, McCleary decision, washington state legislature

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