The long, simmering legislative session is over. For some, it brings relief. Perhaps for others, a sense of accomplishment. For me, it elicits a sense of disappointment.
Legislators should be sending apologies to students, teachers and families. Their inability to work in the best interest of education is a failure to fulfill their primary responsibility.
Although funding increases for education will have some positive impact, they still fall short of mandated funding levels. A 176-day log jam driven by political maneuvering is counterintuitive to motivation from moral purpose.
Rating lawmakers' performance on a four-point rubric assessment places them at an unsatisfactory to basic rating, far short of proficient to distinguished levels of leadership performance.
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James G. Rudsit