The debate over education reform has, ironically, been dumbed down to a kindergarten level. The new wave of reformers uses black and white sound bites to demonize teachers and teachers unions, while the unions shoot back that everything would be fine if states would just raise education budgets.

Last week, the state senate passed an education reform bill that prioritizes teacher evaluations over seniority. The bill's fate is now with the house and the governor. With the national debate as context, we asked one of the bill's supporters, Washington Roundtable president Steve Mullin, and one of its opponents, longtime Snohomish high school English teacher and union leader Justin Fox-Bailey, to weigh in.
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