Education Policymaking Brief #76
A summary for those closely following the education policy debate in Olympia.
May 29, 2020
As each community in our state every day works together to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic, we are steadfast in supporting effective and transparent funding for the education of every student in Washington. As you track the allocation of federal relief dollars for Washington’s schools in the coming weeks, we are providing a simple graph below showing how the relief dollars are flowing into our state.
The Seattle Times Education Lab published a review this week of how the impacts of the pandemic may affect funding for Washington schools:
“…state leaders face a budget challenge of unknown proportions that will test their ability to preserve education funding, as the state Supreme Court ordered them to do in 2012. State officials are confident they can, but in a bleak budget situation, there are still ways for important programs to lose money.”
The following graph shows how federal relief dollars are part of the picture for upholding student outcomes in Washington.
The Education Policymaking Brief is produced by Stand for Children Washington, a public education advocacy organization, and was established in 2017. If you’d like to review previous briefs, they are available here.