Last Friday, The Seattle Times had an opinion piece demanding that the legislature crack down on teachers unions that strike. And in almost a throwaway line, they miss the goddamn solution to many of the strikes:
The next economic forecast will not bring good news. A deficit between $1 billion and $2 billion may force lawmakers to look again for cuts in education. We don’t think they should do that, but the point is districts ought not enter long-term contracts based on old financial assumptions. What if that money is no longer there?
More than hard stances against teachers, the Seattle Times should demand that the legislature do more to fund education. They might suggest *gasp* tax increases to pay for that. Maybe get serious about closing loopholes. Maybe reexamine their opposition to an income tax. See, then money won’t be such a sticking point, we’ll be able to open schools on time, and you know, educate the state’s children better.