April 21, 2017 Policy Brief

Key Dates

Sunday, April 23: Last day of regular session – first day of the Special Session will be Monday, April 24

June 7: Economic Forcast

June 20: Revenue Forcast

June 30: Budget or Continuing Resolution for 2017-2019 must be adopted

July 7: Initiative Filing Deadline


Policy Round Up

SHB 1445, delivered to governor, creates a new effort to recruit and train bilingual teachers in the state.

ESHB 1115, delivered to governor, creates new standards and certification requirements for paraeducators. SB 5234, delivered to governor, requires consistent and predictable policy for awarding college credit for students who have passed Advanced Placement exams.


Key Numbers

  • Seattle homeowners pay $1.20 per $1,000 of property value to raise $3,712 per student.

  • Federal Way homeowners pay $4.23 per $1,000 of property value to raise $2,202 per student.


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What We're Reading

How we fund schools as important as how much – Spokesman Review
“You might assume that parents in Spokane have widely different concerns from those in Western Washington, but the reality is there are few districts for which the current education funding structure works. Reports on Washington graduation rates have shown us that the current funding structure isn’t working for many rural, urban and lower-income school districts. There are clear winners and losers in how funding is allocated. And it shows.”

Are local school district levies unconstitutional? What the state Supreme Court has to say – The Olympian
“One of the key issues dividing lawmakers as they work to fix how the state pays for schools isn’t what to include in their new two-year budget.It’s what to do about local school district property tax levies, which right now are being used unconstitutionally to pay for state responsibilities, including some of teachers’ and other school employees’ salaries.”

Leaders, We Can Interrupt the School-to-Prison Pipeline – Education Week
“We have to continue to educate ourselves in the ways that poverty and incarceration affect the children. The absence of responsible, loving adults in the child's world, the loss of income and the unrelenting, pounding force of poverty have an extraordinary effect on a child's well-being and ability to learn. Learning is challenging and the slippery slope of failure begins and is hard to reverse. Some adult, somewhere, has to intervene, has to see the child's world falling apart and offer even the slightest hope and recognition.”

Carbon Tax Now, or Carbon Tax Later? Some Say It’s Just a Matter of Time – Seattle Weekly
"…So far, the two budget proposals introduced in the House and Senate have a gigantic gap between them. More revenue is still needed to fix McCleary. And Palumbo believes that the best chance of closing that gap–the best chance of passing a budget that works for both parties, both houses of government, and that creates enough funding for public schools–is a carbon tax."

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