Reykdal: Senate GOP Budget Proposal Affirms Their McCleary Funding Concept
OLYMPIA—MARCH 21, 2017—The proposal released today by the Senate Republican Caucus affirms their recent
plan for funding education in Washington state.
The proposal recognizes the importance of some targeted investments – for example, funding for career and technical education is increased.
However, I am concerned about how the proposal addresses educator compensation. Our education system is only as good as our educators are, and it is unclear if this budget proposal honors that. Salaries must maintain equal footing with other professions so teachers can remain teaching. Our compensation system should always focus on rewarding educators who increase their knowledge, skills, and abilities.
The sustainability of the proposal is also a concern. The proposed increases in education funding rest on higher state revenue forecasts, cuts to critical state services, and use of one-time fund balances. What happens when we have another recession? Will education and other critical services suffer as a result?
The final negotiated solution to education funding will need to make a significant additional investment in public schools that reflects the aggressive growth of our state’s economy.
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