Rich Wood
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Apr 17, 2013 Rich Wood commented on The Senate Republicans' Billion-Dollar Lie.
Great analysis. The Republican Senate budget also cuts $87 million in health benefit funding for part-time school employees. That reduces the Senate's net increase in K-12 spending to $500 million. That's not enough to comply with the Supreme Court's McCleary decision. And if the Legislature fails to restore the voter-approved COLAs, teachers will go six years without a state-funded COLA or salary increase.
Apr 3, 2013 Rich Wood commented on State Senate Republicans Release Budget Proposal, Shit Hits Fan.
The Senate budget fails to fund smaller class sizes or educator cost-of-living adjustments, both of which are promised by existing state law. It balance the budget on the backs of teachers and their students.
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Jan 21, 2013 Rich Wood commented on Schools, National Educators Support Garfield High MAP Standardize Test Boycott.
It's great to see Seattle teachers and parents taking a stand against misguided testing. Meanwhile, some legislators, The Seattle Times and other non-educators keep demanding more "reform." Instead of more testing and more "reform," we need to adequately fund our public schools as the state Constitution mandates. Read more.
Dec 10, 2012 Rich Wood commented on Two Conservative Dems Defy Voters, Cross Over to Give Republicans Control of the State Senate.
Tom's takeover is bad news for public education in our state. He helped cut $2.5 billion in K-12 funding, and instead of following the Constitution and amply funding our schools, he blames teachers.
Oct 26, 2012 Rich Wood commented on AFT Files Complaint Against Stand for Children, Alleging Deceptive Mailer on Behalf of Sylvester Cann.
Pollet has the support of teachers AND education support professionals, and he definitely opposes draining money from existing public schools to fund privately run charter schools.
Jun 7, 2012 Rich Wood joined My Stranger Face
Jun 7, 2012 Rich Wood commented on Our Long Unconstitutional Nightmare May Almost Be Over.
Reps. Pedersen, Jinkins and the other legislators involved in this case deserve thanks for their leadership. WEA members -- teachers, support staff and college faculty members -- deal with the very real impact of 1053 every day. We've slashed over $2.6 billion from our K-12 school system in recent years, largely because of the Legislature's Eyman-imposed inability to raise revenue. And if the Legislature is going to actually fully fund K-12 as required by the state Constitution (and the McCleary court decision), we can't let unconstitutional restrictions stand in the way. Ultimately, our kids' future and our state's economy are at stake.