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Getting Scrooged

Charles Dickens did not say how Ebenezer Scrooge got to be so crabby as to deserve to be described like this: "The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, made his eyes red, his thin lips blue, and he spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice ..."

Maybe it had something to do with the election process or the legal system.  This year's run up to the election has been long and it seems even more painful than before.  So I can understand that sentiment.  And our legal system... that is a story for another day.

There are legions of people that have worked very very hard to get initiative 1240 on the ballot this year and even more that have worked night and day to get it passed.  Very few, if any, of those people will benefit directly from the passage of the initiate except in one simple way:  the chances for educational success of lower income students in Washington State will improve -- after all it is just plain improbable that their chances could get worse!

If it fails, everyone who has worked so hard would be justified in turning cold and Scroogie and asking themselves, why on earth do I do these things?

Yes I know that we are likely to win and that is awesome.  Yes I know that being negative is poor form and demoralizing.  Yes I know that I should say that if we fail we will carry the fight forward.

Boy do I hope we win so we can get on to rebooting the school system in our lifetimes.