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Tag Archives: School Funding

2024 push to divert more funding to charter schools in Washington fizzles at fiscal cutoff

Excerpt: Senate Bill 5807 and House Bill 1897 won't be moving forward in the 2024 legislative session.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Education, Legislative Advocacy, Policy Topics
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U.S. Supreme Court rejects Quinn legal challenge to Washington’s capital gains tax on the wealthy, dashing right wing hopes

Excerpt: The decision keeps hundreds of millions of dollars flowing each year to education, childcare, and early learning in the Evergreen State.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Education, Legislative Advocacy, Litigation, Policy Topics
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Legislative leaders signal support for universal, no cost school meals at 2024 CityClub legislative preview

Excerpt: On January 5th, leaders representing all four of the Legislature's Democratic and Republican caucuses visually indicated that they are on board with making no cost school meals truly universal.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State Supreme Court rebuffs Wahkiakum School District’s school construction funding constitutional challenge

Excerpt: The highest court in the Evergreen State has unanimously ruled against a rural Washington school district that brought a constitutional challenge over the state's longtime K-12 facilities funding regime, finding that the state's paramount duty does not extend to school capital construction costs.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Voters say Legislature has a responsibility to act to prevent school closures, staff layoffs

Excerpt: 55% of 874 voters interviewed from March 7th-8th, 2023 said they agreed that Washington's public schools are underfunded and we need to raise state revenue to fully fund them, while 35% disagreed and 10% were not sure. 59% of those surveyed subsequently said they agreed that the Legislature has an obligation to respond to the fiscal crises districts are facing by substantially increasing school funding.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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64% of Washington voters want legislators to fund universal, no-cost school meals for kids

Excerpt: 64% of 874 likely 2024 voters interviewed March 7th and 8th by Public Policy Polling for NPI said they strongly or somewhat supported universal no-cost school meals, while a total 33% said they were strongly or somewhat opposed.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Gem State win: School privatization schemes fail in Idaho’s Republican-run Legislature

Excerpt: A right wing effort to authorize the diversion of public tax dollars into privately run schools has collapsed in the Republican-dominated Idaho State Legislature, in a significant victory for public education and progressive organizations working to protect and strengthen the commons of the Gem State.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A plurality of special election voters in Seattle disapprove of how their schools are being run

Excerpt: 41% of six hundred and fifty-one February 2023 special election voters interviewed by Change Research for NPI last month said they somewhat or strongly disapproved of the way the Seattle Public Schools are currently being run. 28% said they somewhat or strongly approved, and 31% were not sure. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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VICTORY! School seismic safety grant bill clears state House; heads to Governor Inslee

Excerpt: Senate Bill 5933, one of NPI's top legislative priorities for 2022, received a unanimous vote of support in the House of Representatives on March 3rd, 2022, a few weeks after getting a unanimous vote in the Washington State Senate.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washingtonians want state legislators to make big investments in K‑12 public schools

Excerpt: More than three-fifths of voters in Washington State surveyed in mid-February 2022 support adding at least $2 billion more to the state's education budget to help K-12 public schools address needs stemming from the pandemic.
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Washington State Senate unanimously passes much needed school seismic safety grant bill

Excerpt: All forty-nine Washington State senators have voted to pass a bill that would establish a grant program to upgrade seismically vulnerable school buildings in Washington State, providing sorely needed funds to ensure our kids have safe facilities to learn in.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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School seismic safety bill passes out of Senate Ways & Means with bonding plan removed

Excerpt: The purpose of the legislation is to protect schoolchildren, faculty, volunteers, and community members from geologic hazards by modernizing decrepit, dangerous old school buildings that are vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis, and lahars.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Most Washington voters think upgrading our seismically vulnerable school buildings is a state responsibility, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: The finding, unveiled by NPI at a public hearing in the Senate Ways & Means Committee, affirms that voters see the Legislature as principally responsible for upholding the state's paramount duty to "make ample provision" for the education of all of the state's children, as the Framers of the Constitution intended when they wrote Washington's plan of government.
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Big news! Meaningful school seismic safety bills have been introduced in the Legislature

Excerpt: The bills (HB 2095 and SB 5933) would create a school seismic safety grant program, backed by general obligation bonds that would need to be voter-approved in a special statewide vote to be held in November of 2022.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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