Key education reforms die leaving Washington's school children little to celebrate
Washington's school children had little to celebrate as lawmakers added $1.5 billion in new spending to an inefficient, unreformed K-12 public education system. The new money will do little to bring about real change. Currently only 59 cents of every education dollar reaches the classroom and mandatory teacher assignment rules prevent principals from getting the best teachers into the classroom.
One proposal would have ended the notorious "Dance of the Lemons," by which poor-quality teachers protected by seniority are endlessly shuffled from one classroom to another. This important reform bill passed the Senate but was attacked as "ideological" by the governor and died before reaching his desk. The same executive-level opposition killed a bill to give public schools A-F rankings so parents could be informed about the quality of their local school.