March 1, 2013 in Letters, Opinion

School funding questions


The Washington Supreme Court issued the McCleary decision in January 2012, telling the legislators they are failing their constitutional duty to fund a basic education for the state’s children. Reforms should be fully implemented by 2018, with the court monitoring the results. However, the court did not indicate how much funding is enough.

K-12 funding in the state’s current two-year budget is $16.4 billion. This provides spending of $12,812 per student per year (Source: Freedom Foundation’s “Informed Voter Guide, 2012”). Yet 25 percent of Washington students fail to graduate on time, if at all.

At least another $1 billion has been suggested by the former governor. Citizens and legislators need to know how much is enough. What new funding is the state providing? Where are such funds to come from over the next two years?

David Wallace


Get stories like this in a free daily email

Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus