Washington's constitution requires the state to fully fund education. In 2012, the State Supreme Court ruled, in the McCleary case, that the legislature was not meeting its obligation. Over the years that followed, the Legislature significantly increased state funding for schools.
But changes to the funding model have created unintended consequences that may force school districts to cut programs and staff. Contact your district to find out if they face budget challenges.
BASIC EDUCATION IS STILL NOT FULLY FUNDED
The Legislature significantly increased state funding for schools. But the new funding model, called the “McCleary fix,” still falls short of the true cost of many essential school district services.
SCHOOLS HAVE LOST LOCAL REVENUE
The Legislature offset the state funding increases by reducing the amount school districts can raise from local levies.
THE NEW FUNDING MODEL IS NOT FAIR
- Teacher salaries: Funding is now based on a state average, which penalizes districts with experienced teachers.
- Regionalization: Funding is adjusted by an imperfect regional cost model that creates challenges in recruiting and retaining teachers.
- Local effort assistance (LEA): The State fails to catch up property-poor districts by $1,000 per student.