How Did This Happen?
The Republicans convinced the Democrats to add two more spots to the state senate education committee, expanding it from eight to 10 seats.
Last time we checked in, the committee was evenly split—four-to-four— between pro-teachers’ union votes and the (Secretary of Education) Arne Duncan crowd that wants to tie teacher evaluations to student assessment. (They’d also like charters if they had their druthers.)
The two new members, Sens. Steve Hobbs (D-44, Lake Stevens) and Joe Fain (R-47, Auburn) side with the Duncan bloc; shorthand—they’re fans of the Waiting for Superman movie. That math puts the union bloc in the minority, six to four.
You’ll remember, Hobbs had initially tried to get on the committee, but had been left off.
Score one for Stand for Children—the activist group that’s promoting Waiting for Superman—which spent $21,000 on Hobbs’ election in November (the union spent $5,000 against him).
And while SFC didn’t spend money on Fain, the union spent over $13,000 trying to beat him in November and over $30,000 trying to elect his opponent, incumbent Democrat Claudia Kauffman, who lost.
Just like that? Hey, we want two more members so we can push education our way - you, too? - great!
Thanks to Michelle B. for the tip.
Nice how that works out.