Via 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.”