Spokane School District Resolution No. 2011-20
This is a proposed three-year property tax levy. Voters in District 81 are being asked to approve an excess levy of $4.46 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which would raise an estimated $217.5 million annually for maintenance and operations beginning in 2013 to supplement the district’s state funding. The school district’s current levy of $3.94 per $1,000 of assessed property value is expiring. If approved by voters, the owner of a $150,000 home, for example would pay $669 per year. A copy of the Spokane School Board’s resolution authorizing this levy request can be found here. Information about the levy compiled by District 81 can be found here.
Jurisdiction: Spokane Public Schools District 81
OLYMPIA – Faced with a rapidly growing number of requests for public records, the Spokane School District wants to charge the public for the cost of locating and preparing those records. Mark Anderson, associate superintendent, said District 81 wants to pass on the “reasonable costs”…
At the end of the second day of candidate filing, the race that’s still drawing the most interest remains an open seat on the Spokane School Board. Late Monday, Shawn Siggson, became the fifth candidate in the race. Asked why he decided to run, Siggson…
Spokane Public Schools administrators issued an unprecedented 238 layoff notices Tuesday in preparation for a “worst-case scenario” state budget. On the list: 72 elementary school teachers, 42 high school and middle school teachers, 28 special-education teachers, 55 counselors, 10 speech language pathologists, six librarians, six psychologists, seven occupational therapists and physical therapists; and five specialty educators.The total number of layoff notices is the highest any current administrator could recall, said Staci Vesneske, assistant superintendent.
The extent of the school dropout issue has been difficult to pin down, but the measurements are becoming more reliable and the solutions more finely tuned. For a time, officials noted that the graduation rate was 62 percent in Spokane Public Schools, but as it turned out that figure was too simplistic, failing to take into account students who would eventually graduate, if not on time, and a host of other exceptions that couldn’t be captured because of gaps in student data. Now the public can look at two figures with which to evaluate dropout rates. First, there is the on-time graduation rate, which begins tracking students in ninth grade and checks their status four years later. Second, there is the extended rate, which also tracks whether students graduated outside the four-year window. Society still benefits when students graduate late, so the extended rate ought to get more attention than it does. Furthermore, both calculations treat those who get a General Education Development certificate as dropouts, even though a GED is roughly equivalent to a high school diploma and is treated as such by many employers and higher education institutions.