Dorn Testifies on Inslee’s Inadequate Proposed Education Budget
OLYMPIA — January 11, 2016 — State Superintendent Randy Dorn today testified before the Senate Ways & Means Committee about Gov. Jay Inslee’s education budget proposal, which falls far short of what’s required to comply with the orders issued by the Supreme Court in McCleary v. Washington.
Continuing to work without a plan to fully fund basic education, Inslee proposes an increase of about $87 million, which includes raises for teachers. In reality, the state should be increasing funding this session by about $173 million to stay on track to full funding.
“Our state currently relies on local districts to shoulder a large portion of teacher salaries,” Dorn said. “Although Inslee promises salary increases, he fails to provide adequate funding for the entire amount. He digs a deeper financial hole for districts, because they will have to pay the difference.”
Dorn will testify about this issue again on Wednesday before the House Appropriations Committee.
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.
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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