Fact about the teacher walk outs: Teachers are in no way in violation of our contract for the rolling “Days of Action.”
We have exchanged one day of work in May for an additional day of work in June. Most teachers in Washington have completed their contract hours by January or February, as most teachers work 60 to 80 hour weeks during the school year.
The contract you should be talking about: The state Constitution, which has been violated by legislators for decades without repercussions. Legislators have only one paramount duty: To fund basic education. They have violated this contract willingly and repetitively while handing out tens of billions worth of tax cuts.
The person not showing up for work: Tim Sheldon has missed 232 Senate votes and countless Mason County Commission meetings while double-dipping. He doesn’t seem to understand how contracts or constitutions work. This is why teachers were forced into a day of action: To remind Tim Sheldon and the other legislators of their duty that they are choosing to ignore.
To answer your question, “Where will the money come from?”: Fix the budget with fair taxation. Other states did it; we can too. Washington has the most regressive tax system in the developed world, while festering at 49th in the nation in percent of GDP spent by the state on education. If the Legislature is too thick-headed and unwilling to follow their contract, their contracts should be considered void, and new representation elected.