Most readers here know I have a fair amount of disdain for both candidates. But is anyone surprised by this?
The Truth Needle The Seattle Times has launched a new feature to help voters discern fact from fiction between now and the November election. The Truth Needle will examine the claims of candidates and campaigns in the top races and decide whether they are true or false.
These guys are lying? Damn. Whoda thunk it?Truth Needle False: Murray's statement about teachers' jobs
Sen. Patty Murray said earlier this month that 3,000 teaching
jobs in Washington state were at risk in the fall without new federal aid that
she helped pushed through Congress.Related
The claim: Sen. Patty Murray said this month that 3,000 teaching jobs in Washington state were at risk in the fall without new federal aid that she helped pushed through Congress.
What we found: That's not the case. In fact, state officials say school budgets largely are set by now. Any teachers subject to layoffs are likely already gone, and those with new contracts can't be laid off this school year, according to the governor's budget office.
School districts do want the money. There's some hope it can be used to help offset across-the-board cuts that Gov. Chris Gregoire expects to announce this fall. And many school districts want to bank the bulk of any federal money received until next school year, when even bigger budget cuts are expected.
But Murray painted a different picture on the Senate floor this month when she pushed for lawmakers to approve $26 billion in federal aid to the states, including $10 billion in additional funding for public schools. Washington state is expected to receive about $205 million to distribute to school systems.
"In my home state, nearly 3,000 jobs are at risk," said Murray, who's running for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate. "That means 3,000 teachers in Washington state who are right now in limbo. Who are spending this summer not knowing if they'll return to a classroom or a pink slip in the fall."