What a disappointment to read The Olympian editorial board confirm a wholly cynical view of citizen advocacy in politics. The Olympian agrees with the compensation concerns of educators but chides their actions to bring attention to the issue because “teacher tactics never seem to work.”
Experienced teachers have been abandoned by their politicians. They earn significantly less in 2015 because their salaries have been reduced or flattened every year for seven straight years while costs — especially health care costs — have continued to rise. The Olympian agrees that teachers deserve better but advocates they stay quiet and compliant in order to not inflame their elected representatives. What a sad and bizarre argument for the paper of record in the state capital to make.
The editorial board has clearly lost its compass as it goes on to argue that educators should also not be advocating for the implementation of the class-size initiative (I-1351) passed by voters in November because voters are clearly too stupid to understand its costs. Cynicism is not a substitute for advocacy. The educators, students and community supporters marching to the capitol and displaying support signs around Olympia believe that the state Constitution is not a document of convenience and that when legislators swear to uphold it, they must do so, just as the Supreme Court is ordering them to.