Court order doesn’t change focus — top goal of education reform is student success

Boy success capMediumVia Washington State Wire — Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Bellevue, said the Majority Coalition Caucus will not shift its focus to school funding at the expense of its education reform efforts. The goal isn’t to make the court happy, he said, but rather to redesign the K-12 system to ensure effective classroom instruction. Meaning, among other things, renewed battle with the state teachers’ union over such matters as teacher evaluations.

“We will let them [the court] go about their business,” he said. “We are going to make sure that Washington has a great education system. It is about far more than a constitutional mandate. It is about doing right for our students, doing right by what parents expect from us, and that is going to be our focus. Without reforms, we don’t get there.”

Interview with KUOW’s David Hyde — State Senator Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island, chair of the Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee. Listen Here:
Statement by state Senator Steve Litzow. “The Court’s response was exactly what we expected. They acknowledged that the Legislature made significant progress and they want more, which is something we share. I look forward to continue working with the House of Representatives to provide the investment and systemic reforms required to make sure every child in Washington state has the educational opportunity to be successful in today’s global economy.”


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