The politics of education either frustrate or bore me – I’m not sure which, but I know it’s not why I teach and coach teachers. I think this article from the Education Gadfly on the recent fiasco in Washington State captures why I feel this way:
Last Friday, in a 6-3 decision, the Washington State Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the state’s voter-approved charter school law, threatening the future of nine new schools with more than 1,200 students.
Talk about burying the lede:
The court declined to suggest remedies that would satisfy voter intent, even though the dissenting judges thought there were viable ones. And most of the judges accepted campaign contributions from the Washington Education Association, the state’s biggest teachers’ union—and also the plaintiff.
Seems like a productive use of their resources.