Thoughts on education funding | Letter to the Editor

Letters keep appearing that claim the state’s constitution requires that education be fully funded (whatever that is?). The Preamble to Article IX of our states constitution says, “It is the paramount duty of the state to make AMPLE PROVISION (my emphasis) for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste or sex.”

So what does mean? Ask a hundred people and you’ll get a hundred different answers. The plaintiffs in the McCleary case found one judge who agreed with them. The decision was appealed to the State Supreme Court, a court that has been bought and paid for by the teachers union. Was anyone surprised when they agreed with the lower court? No one.

It should be up to our 144 elected legislators to decide what is “ample” and not a single judge.

Jerry Forell,

Kirkland

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