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Tag Archives: School Funding

Washington State Legislature passes clean levy flexibility bill to help school districts

Excerpt: It was a close call, but the House and Senate managed to agree on legislation to give school districts back some of the levy authority taken away in the 2017 McCleary deal.
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Senate Republicans kill effort to allow future school bonds to pass with a simple majority

Excerpt: A constitutional amendment to allow school bonds to pass by majority vote has died in the Washington State Senate at the hands of the Republicans.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bethel youth get it: In a democracy, decisions should be made by the many — not a few

Excerpt: Washington State's Constitution should be amended to change the threshold for passage of school bonds to a majority vote, which is all that levies require.
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Victory! Breakfast After The Bell just sailed out of the Washington State Senate

Excerpt: Help is on the way for young Washingtonians who aren't getting enough to eat before the start of their school day. 2ESHB 1508, which would direct high-needs schools to offer Breakfast After The Bell programs to students, has just sailed out of the Washington State Senate with overwhelming support.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Breakfast after the bell legislation easily clears the Washington State House again

Excerpt: The Washington State House of Representatives has once again given overwhelming, bipartisan support to a bill (HB 1508) that requires qualifying high needs high schools to offer breakfast after the bell programs to students following the commencement of the school day.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington’s public schools still aren’t amply funded, state Supreme Court concludes

Excerpt: The McCleary case isn't over. Lawmakers need to fully fund teacher salaries in order to be constitutionally compliant, Washington's State Supreme Court says.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Manka Dhingra says yes to simple majorities for school bonds, Jinyoung Englund says no

Excerpt: In a mat­ter of weeks, vot­ers in Wash­ing­ton’s 45th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict will be decid­ing which polit­i­cal par­ty con­trols the state Sen­ate in 2018. By elect­ing Demo­c­ra­t­ic can­di­date Man­ka Dhin­gra, vot­ers in the 45th could oust Repub­li­cans from pow­er and put the Sen­ate under Demo­c­ra­t­ic man­age­ment for the first five in five years. On the oth­er […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State House of Representatives sends revised “levy cliff” rescue bill to Inslee

Excerpt: Leg­is­la­tion that would res­cue school dis­tricts in Wash­ing­ton State from the so-called “levy cliff” is on its way to Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee fol­low­ing an over­whelm­ing vote of approval in the Wash­ing­ton State House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. By a vote of eighty-sev­en to ten, the House vot­ed to give its assent to Engrossed Sen­ate Bill 5023, orig­i­nal­ly […]
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Washington State Senate passes Republicans’ school levy swipe scheme on a party-line vote

Excerpt: Thanks to the arrival of new­ly-mint­ed Sen­a­tor Shel­ley Short (R‑7th Dis­trict; north­east Wash­ing­ton) and the return of Doug Erick­sen from the Dis­trict of Colum­bia, Repub­li­cans in the Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate were today able to pass the school levy swipe scheme they intro­duced late last week with no votes to spare. Sub­sti­tute Sen­ate Bill 5607, con­cern­ing […]
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Badly-behaved Senate Republicans are an embarrassment to the State of Washington

Excerpt: It’s only been ten days since the six­ty-fifth Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture con­vened for its long ses­sion, but already, the bad behav­ior of Sen­ate Repub­li­cans sug­gests it’s going to be very dif­fi­cult for the state’s law­mak­ing branch to get much of any­thing done before the ses­sion is sched­uled to end on April 23rd. Wash­ing­to­ni­ans have a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Join us tomorrow at the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools!

Excerpt: It is the para­mount duty of the state to make ample pro­vi­sion for the edu­ca­tion of all chil­dren resid­ing with­in its bor­ders, with­out dis­tinc­tion or pref­er­ence on account of race, col­or, caste, or sex. – Wash­ing­ton State Con­sti­tu­tion, Arti­cle IX, Sec­tion 1 Read­ers! Do you believe in the Con­sti­tu­tion of Wash­ing­ton State? Do you believe […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Why isn’t Stuart Elway asking about revenue fairness when he polls on funding education?

Excerpt: Yes­ter­day, just in time for the 2017 leg­isla­tive ses­sion, poll­ster Stu­art Elway released new results from a recent sur­vey in which his firm asked Wash­ing­ton vot­ers about how and whether we should invest in Wash­ing­ton’s K‑12 schools, which have been bad­ly under­fund­ed for years in defi­ance of the Wash­ing­ton State Con­sti­tu­tion. The Supreme Court has […]
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Go Jay Inslee! Governor proposes $3.9 billion in new revenue for our K‑12 public schools

Excerpt: Declar­ing that we have a duty to fol­low our Con­sti­tu­tion and pro­vide a qual­i­ty edu­ca­tion to every child in our state, Gov­er­nor Inslee today unveiled a bold plan to ful­ly fund our state’s K‑12 pub­lic schools and end the McCleary lit­i­ga­tion. “We face an oppor­tu­ni­ty — and an oblig­a­tion — in this upcom­ing ses­sion to […]
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Tim Eyman pal Michael Baumgartner prefiles amendment to repeal “paramount duty” language in Washington State Constitution

Excerpt: In a fair­ly bla­tant attempt to get some atten­tion for him­self and steer pub­lic dis­course away from ful­ly fund­ing our pub­lic schools, extrem­ist right wing Sen­a­tor Michael Baum­gart­ner of Spokane has pre­filed a con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ment that would repeal the mem­o­rable open­ing words of Arti­cle IX of the Wash­ing­ton State Con­sti­tu­tion (“It is the para­mount duty […]
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