Statement From Randy Dorn About Jay Inslee’s Proposed Budget
OLYMPIA (March 28, 2013) — I applaud Gov. Jay Inslee’s efforts to move our state toward fully funding basic education by 2018. Without question, an additional $1.3 billion will do a lot of good for students.
I have been briefed on the proposal, but have not yet seen details. Overall, it shows a good-faith effort on the part of the Governor to get us to where we need to be.
The 2012 McCleary decision by the Supreme Court is clear: Washington state must fully fund basic education by 2018. There is a vast difference between current spending and full funding. Even a $1.3 billion increase is the bare minimum to keep us on that path.
Top funding priorities must be school transportation; maintenance, supplies and operating costs; full-day kindergarten; and lower the class size in grades K-3. This is what was adopted by the legislature in SHB 2776. According to the Quality Education Council, these costs alone will be roughly $3.4 billion.
We have studied this issue long enough. We know what full funding means and what it costs. We have a plan. Now we need the political will to fund it.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
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