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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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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