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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature. Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

Inslee, Teachers' Union Clash Over Evaluation Measure

File photo. Washington Governor Jay Inslee has made the case for a controversial teacher evaluation bill.

They supported his campaign, but now some unionized teachers in Washington have stern words for Governor Jay Inslee.

They’re angry at the Democrat for his support of a controversial teacher evaluation measure.

“I went out many hours in many rain storms to help him get elected," says second grade teacher Sally Makfinsky. "WEA did a lot to elect him and he needs to support us.”

WEA is the state’s teachers’ union. Makfinsky and her fellow teachers are upset that Inslee is pushing a student test score measure in the legislature.

The proposed law says school districts must use a federally-approved statewide test for any teacher evaluation. Inslee believes without this requirement Washington will lose its federal No Child Left Behind waiver and with it state control of federal funds for struggling low-income students.

“Students will lose $40 million of access, at least flexibility, on use of these dollars if we don’t find a solution,” says Inslee.

The Washington legislature is scheduled to adjourn next Thursday.

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."