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April 2, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Teachers union apologizes to Democratic senator after doorbelling at his house

OLYMPIA — The Washington Education Association has apologized to state Sen. Steve Hobbs after the teacher of one of Hobbs’ sons left a negative flier at the senator’s house.

The flier accused Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, of “ignoring his duty to reduce our kids’ crowded classrooms” and urged residents to contact him.

A group of teachers knocked on more than 1,000 doors in Hobbs’ district, talking to residents and distributing the flier, said union spokesman Rich Wood. Those doors included Hobbs’, and the teacher of his son knew the senator lived there, Wood said.

The union has been targeting Hobbs in recent weeks because he voted with a mostly-Republican coalition for a set of bills that would introduce more accountability and reliance on test scores into schools. The union believes lawmakers should be focusing on responding to a state Supreme Court order to lower class sizes and increase school funding.

But in a voicemail left for Hobbs, the union apologized.

Hobbs then sent out a recording of the voicemail to reporters.

“I accept their apology in the hope that this is the start of a new era of cooperation between us,” Hobbs said in an accompanying statement. “We don’t see eye to eye on every aspect of education, but our fundamental goal is the same –- we both believe we must fully fund education in our state.”

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