Even after all these years, no one anywhere has explained to me where the State Constitution gives the Supreme Court the power/authority to require/order the Legislature to do anything.
That ability simply does not exist, any more than the Legislature can order the Supreme Court to produce a specific judicial decision in a specific case.
All of the fake Republicans who voted for this insanity, including Rivers and Wilson, used the Supreme Court demand as their excuse. But it is no excuse and the Legislature SHOULD have told the Court to go pound sand.
Legislature, who passed these massive tax increases mainly to provide horrific
and completely undeserved pay increases to incompetent teachers who never
deserved them, jacked our taxes with GOP help because they WANTED to do so, and
merely used this fake reasoning as a cover for their betrayal.
Meanwhile, take a quick look at the OSPI report card.
Academic outcomes in this state are abysmal. Too much time is wasted on social programing and doing their best to cut parents completely out of the academic equation at the expense of academics with outcomes which suggest we punch out ignorant and in many cases, illiterate students like tickets at a movie theater.
See for yourself here:
attend school regularly 69/7% of the time. Yet, 83.6% graduate.
Besides the 16%+ dropout rate, how is graduation even possible for the other 15% who don't even bother to show up?
And even for
those who do show up and graduate, less than 51% are at grade level in English,
less than 40% in math, and less than 43% in Science.
I can't find it.
SIX YEARS LATER and it's STILL a nightmare of incompetence and illiteracy.
So tell me.... what good did this additional waste of billions accomplish?
The McCleary decision/budgets have made zero improvement in academic outcomes in this state. All it HAS done is to separate/waste more billions from an already horrifically overtaxed and over-inflationed constituency who have received NOTHING in return for the wasted billions Ann Rivers helped them to steal from us.
Our public schools system was a disgrace before the McCleary budget. Extra billions of dollars wasted later, it's no better and in some cases, are actually worse.
Thanks to legislators like Rivers and Wilson.
And how sad
Kenny Vance weighed in at the time, and then responded to Rivers' subsequent sniveling here:
It's bad enough when other legislators lie, but it's tougher when your own allegedly Republican Senator feels compelled to do the same.