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Tag: David Schumacher

March
18th

State teachers union, allies says state funds for schools actually run out today – 2/3s way through school year

Washington voters last month approved more than $1.7 billion in new local-levy funding to help run public schools, according to one count. But that election-dependent funding can be a quarter or more of what a school district depends on, and that is one reason the state Supreme Court ruled in January 2012 that the Legislature was failing to meet its constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education.

Today the Washington Education Association, which represents more than 80,000 public school employees including teachers, and allies including the League of Education Voters took out a full-page

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March
14th

UPDATE – Caseloads forecast adds $301 million to state budget shortfall

Washington’s state budget shortfall swelled to between $1.2 billion and $1.3 billion today, thanks to an unexpectedly higher cost for low income people enrolled in Medicaid programs.

That is the upshot of today’s meeting of the Caseload Forecast Council. But the higher costs are not apparently due to higher enrollments in state programs.

A draft report issued during the  Caseload Forecast Council’s morning meeting today showed that the number of people getting services in most state programs has been falling or is less than previously forecast. Exceptions are K-12 school enrollments, which are now expected to be a few

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