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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Are Washington State Democrats Dumbing Down Their Education Platform?

Posted by on Wed, May 28, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Seattle education blogger Melissa Westbrook noticed something today. The education section of the Washington State Democrats draft 2014 platform is curiously different from past versions:

There is no mention of ELL students, class size, full inclusion of all students, counselors/nurses/librarians, career training, music and fine arts, foreign language, civics, parent engagement, or a stable funding source for public schools.

In fact, the Education section is one of the shorter sections in the platform.

Omitted is past opposition to:
public funding for charters and vouchers
commercial exploitation of students
linking military recruitment to educational funding
organized prayer in schools
No Child Left Behind
basing teacher pay solely on student test scores
all "so-called reforms that are not based upon sound and objective information, that are disguised attempts to blame teachers for the problems in public education, to weaken teachers unions, or to privatize our public education system for profit
escalation of tuition at institutions of higher education

Comparing the education sections of the new platform to the old one is like night and day: the 2012 version is lengthy and specific about what it is for and against, including the laundry list of terribleness above, whereas the new one is brief and vague.

I left a voicemail with the party's office inquiring as to why this is earlier today, but haven't heard back. The 2014 draft platform is open to public comment until tomorrow.

 

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Will in Seattle 1
ELL?

English as a Latinate Language?
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on May 28, 2014 at 4:07 PM · Report this
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English Language Learners
Posted by to replace ESL on May 28, 2014 at 4:32 PM · Report this
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English Language Learners (but good guess and Seattle Schools has one high school that has taught Latin since 1922.)
Posted by westello on May 28, 2014 at 4:47 PM · Report this
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Not very impressive. Rather wimpy, in fact. Tries to say the right things to vaguely appeal to both the corporate (donation) overlords and the general public?
Very underwhelming.
Posted by StuckInUtah on May 28, 2014 at 8:13 PM · Report this
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Thank you, Melissa for keeping an eye on this.

While it is true that the Republican party overtly acts as a tool of corporate interests, the Democratic party is just as willing to be bought and would be just as much of a tool if they could generate some corporate interest in buying them.
Posted by Charlie Mas on May 29, 2014 at 6:32 AM · Report this
Steven Bradford 6
What do we need to know? Democratic Party controlled legislators and Governors have presided over the massive defunding of K-12 and especially Higher Ed for 20 years now. They haven't championed education in the statehouse. That includes Ed Murray. What does it really matter what the platform says?
Posted by Steven Bradford http://www.seanet.com/~bradford/ on May 29, 2014 at 9:56 AM · Report this
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Who cares about the Dems these days? Vote Socialist if you want Real Just Change in both city hall, county hall, and the state house. --- http://www.broadleft.org (L) .
Posted by 5th Columnist on May 29, 2014 at 2:28 PM · Report this

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