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April
25th

WEA’s teachers step up radio-ad campaign to boost state funding for public schools

The Washington Education Association stepped up its campaign for school funding and closure of tax exemptions with a new radio ad based on a game-show quiz this week. The ad coincides with Wednesday’s passage of a bill in the House that would raise $905 million in tax revenue – arguably to improve school funding in response to a Supreme Court ruling. The measure moves to the Senate where a Republican-dominated majority coalition passed a budget without tax hikes.

The WEA, which represents some 82,000 teachers and other education system workers in K-12 schools

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April
18th

Report: Senate budget puts less into K-12 education than advertised

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus budget that is billed as a big new investment in education – without new taxes – apparently is not putting in as much new cash for K-12 public schools as previously thought. Just yesterday Brian Rosenthal of the Seattle Times dug in to some of the numbers and finds that it falls well short of claims to invest $1 billion in new money for schools.

Read the report here, and a takeaway excerpt is here:

The Senate’s two-year budget was advertised as a $1 billion funding increase for schools. But if you add up

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April
10th

UPDATE – House Democrats budget proposal puts $1.9 billion extra into K-12; also raises $1.3 billion in new revenues

A lot of the attention in the House Democrats’ budget plan being unveiled during lunch today will be on the $1.34 billion in new revenues – including closed tax exemptions for oil refineries, bottled water, insurance agents, and out-of-state purchases of everything except cars.

The Democrats’ $34.5 billion budget, which House Appropriations chairman Ross Hunter has said he would not unveil if he didn’t have at least 50 votes to pass it, also spends at least $1.3 billion more than the Senate’s $33.2 billion spending plan that passed on a bipartisan vote of 30-to-18 Friday evening. An Appropriations hearing begins at

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