The plan would create smaller classes, full-day kindergarten and a longer high school day to give students a chance to meet higher credit requirements."If wishes were horses," goes the old saying, "beggars would ride." Step one was beggaring education. Now we get our wish-horse.
It would also distribute state education dollars based on a new formula, but does not include a plan for paying for the changes....
In a room filled with supporters of the reform bill, the governor echoed the sentiments of its critics by also speaking about what was missing from the legislation: a way to pay for it....
Lawmakers and government officials have estimated the reforms could add as much as $4 billion a year to the just under $7 billion the state already spends on K-12 education annually.
Gregoire noted that the Legislature is working to address the lack of money by phasing in the reforms over about eight years and assigning a Quality Education Council to make sure the financing system is put in place.
May 19, 2009
Gregoire rides the wish-horse of reform
Today Governor Gregoire signed a galloping reform bill.