Girls walking down hallway


The gap is huge between current state funding and what it really costs to provide all Washington children with the education described in the state-mandated learning standards called the Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs). This funding gap was exemplified during the McCleary trial by the chart below, showing that state funding provides just enough to cover the costs of classroom teachers and teaching materials, leaving local school districts to raise about $3 billion from local taxpayers – money districts need to pay for essentials like technology, lab equipment, building upkeep and maintenance, school buses and fuel, lunches and cafeteria workers, principals and administrators, and other necessary expenses.

Statewide funding gap