One huge story comes from Washington's Paramount Duty's Facebook page:
Senator Michael Baumgartner (6th LD, Republican) filed a resolution today to amend Article IX (Education) of Washington State Constitution and call for a state vote on numerous amendments.
In addition to other revisions, this bill would:
(1) repeal section 1: "It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex." Essentially repealing the paramount duty and clause guaranteeing equal education for every child regardless of race, color, caste or sex.
(2) Repeal section 4, which currently requires that schools receiving "public funds shall be forever free from sectarian control or influence."
(3) Strike the term common schools and uses the term "publicly funded school" includes charter schools as publicly funded schools that are allowed funds from the general fund,
(4) Reduce the Superintendent of Public Instruction's (SPI's) duties.
This is just jaw-dropping. I know some in the Legislature seem to hate "paramount duty" but to strike the section on equal education for all children is deeply disturbing. Ditto on #2. Naturally, they would want to make sure that charter schools can get money from the General Fund so that's no surprise. As well, if they reduce the SPI's duties, that likely would mean less oversight of charter schools.
This would need two-thirds of each chamber to approved which is near-impossible to happen but look who got elected president and no one thought that could happen, either.
What's on your mind?