As summer draws to a close, parents around Washington state are readying their children for the return to school. For families of the 25,000 students in the Kent School District, however, school will start a little later than anticipated thanks to an illegal teacher strike.
After discovering the political action committee of the Washington state teachers’ union didn’t disclose the sources of its contributions as required by law, the Freedom Foundation filed a complaint with the state, forcing the union to file the proper disclosures.
The largest labor union in Washington state, the Washington Education Association, represents nearly 100,000 teachers and support staff in Washington’s K-12 system. It is also one of the biggest forces for transforming taxpayer-funded government schools into indoctrination and recruitment centers for leftist activism.
Now that teacher strikes orchestrated by the Washington Education Association are behind us, it’s worth examining how to prevent students and families from having their school year similarly upended in the future. The ferry system may hold the answer.