Archive for November, 2017

It’s time to change the state constitution

November 16, 2017

The WA Supreme Court came back and said that the legislature isn’t doing enough to fund education. Specifically, the education spending in the state “delays by over a year implementation of a constitutionally compliant salary model, a critical part of meaningful reform.” (link)

The crux of the issue is a single word: “ample”. Specifically, the WA state constitution says:

SECTION 1 PREAMBLE. It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex.

You’d think that the preamble to a section of the constitution would be disregarded as merely describing the intent of that section of the constitution. However, give enough lawyers enough time and money, they can twist anything to say anything.

Indeed, reading the section on education leaves me wishing I was a lawyer.

I think it’s high time we removed that entire section from the constitution.

It is not the duty of the state government to educate children. It is the duty of their parents.