Category Archives: In the News

Some winners, losers and many unknowns in state’s new $7.3B public-school spending plan

The Seattle Times

School districts and education-policy advocates are analyzing the newly passed state budget, trying to figure out how it will affect the 1.1 million students in Washington state’s public schools. Read more…

Keep local levies out of school funding deal

The Seattle Times

As the Legislature gets closer to a budget deal ending the McCleary school-funding saga, it must ensure local levies aren’t used to fund basic education. Read more…

Too late for family that won education funding case to benefit from it

KOMO News Radio

A budget compromise to the state’s education funding issue is due in the next two weeks, otherwise the state faces a partial shutdown. Even if one is reached it comes too late for the family that brought the initial lawsuit, the McCleary family. Read more…

How progressive is school funding in the United States?

Brookings

Policymakers, advocates and the public have long been concerned with inequities in funding levels between schools attended by students from low-income families and their more affluent peers. School funding has received increased attention in recent years as multiple high-quality studies have found that school funding reforms initiated by courts and state legislatures improved the outcomes of disadvantaged students, both in terms of academic achievement (test scores) and attainment (high school graduation and college enrollment). Read more…

In fight over Washington’s school funding, some want big change in who gets how much — but is it too late?

The Seattle Times

As negotiations in Olympia crawl into a second session, it’s unclear whether Washington state lawmakers will have the political will to include wholesale reform in a McCleary fix — or if they’ll just try to get home as soon as possible. Read more…