Now the partisan stuff is flowing downhill onto FWay's schools
June 13, 2008 · Updated 4:51 PM
So, the Federal Way school district has been mandated by state law as interpreted by the courts to spend $3.4 million not allocated in its already tight budget. And our state is apparently walking away from the problem, in spite of a humongous current state budget surplus.Â
Whether youre a Republican or a Democrat, this $3.4 million is whats called an unfunded mandate.
States dont like it when our all-wise, all-powerful federal government drops unfunded mandates on them. To sanitize an ancient crude but perceptive management axiom, now theÂ stuffÂ is flowing even further downhill, onto a school district. And at the very bottom of the hill are 20 or 27 Federal Way school librarians who are about to have to makeÂ career decisionsÂ to help the school district save a few kilobucks.Â
This ought not to be a partisan issue.Â If you think educations expensive, try ignorance.