Understand the consequences of underfunded K-12 students

What’s New—The latest news and resources

CURRENT EVENTS NEWS ARCHIVE Bill info and developments since Jan. 14, 2009 (to 2008-09)

Year:  2 0 1 4

Sorry - I didn’t record much history after the late 2013….

Jan 19: WA Supreme Court on Leg’s K-12 funding: Seatle Times “How will Supreme Court React”; Crosscut on “Divide between Inslee, Republicans;  Bellingham Herald “Gov’s call for COLA, $200M for teachers”; Crosscut “Leg 2014 Ready to Rumble”; Sen. Litzow on KUOW;

Jan 13: Bellingham Herald “Education one of many issues Whatcom's lawmakers will squeeze into short session

Jan 05: Seattle Times editorials “Targeting Education: Washington Legislature’s 2014 Priorities”.

Jan 04: How much do dropouts cost us? The real numbers behind ‘pay now or pay later’  - $13.9k / year ea.

Year:  2 0 1 3

Nov 09: From OSPI via WSSDA - Does Leg. work really represent $1 billion in new Basic Education funding? When talking with your legislators, check out Funding Comparison: School Year 2008-09 to School Year 2013-14 (an Excel file updated 11/11/2013) and use the drop down bar to access a specific District - comp of 2008-09 funding (the McCleary case year) to estimated total new funding for 2012-13.

Oct 11: Article - “State Schools Supt. Dorn Proposes Taxes for Education“.

Oct 08: Seattle Times U.S. adults score below average on worldwide standardized test It's long been known that America's school kids haven't measured well compared with international peers. Now, there's a new twist: Adults don't either.

Oct 08: Crossccut’s “Tax fairness: We're Number 50” - Compared to wealthy, WA State’s poor get worst deal in the country.

Sep 30: Seattle Times “School-funding plaintiffs ask court to consider sanctioning state“ - NEWS files brief.

Sep 23: Everett Herald-Net article “How school districts are using millions in new funds.

Sep 20: Gov. Jay Inslee’s interactive web-based tool open to Oct. 3 for feedback and ideas on the new Results Washington initiative - online forum to learn about this effort, offer suggestions and vote/comment on ideas.

Sep 05: Bellingham Herald - “State’s McCleary report skips the hard questions“.

Aug 31: Seattle Times “Schools advocates critical of Legislature’s education funding“.

Aug 28: WA Supt. Dorn on Legislative Report Regarding McCleary v. State of WA - “I grade their efforts as “incomplete.

Aug 22: Crosscut on “Schools? Legislators trying to get their story straight - how to spin to the Supreme Court…

Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research’s “Parents’ Attitudes on the Quality of Education in the United States”. Ed note: Maybe we acknowledge that parents are the largest impediment to improving public ed….

Aug 06: “State boosts funding for all-day kindergarten” - but there first has to be room for the students.

Aug 02: Crosscut on “Legislature wonders if Supreme Court will accept its homework assignment”.

Jul 02: Statement from State Superintendent Randy Dorn on the 2013-15 Operating Budget - long way to go yet..

Jul 01: Crosscut’s observations on budget politics - “How Rodney Tom’s switch let mutual destruction rein”.

June 28: Seattle Times - Lawmakers approve 2013-15 Budget; Legislature suspends I732 pay raises; WA Legislature’s Summary of Proposed 2013-15 Budget;

June 27: Crosscut on budget negotiations “Inslee, Legislature still drifting toward shutdown”.

June 12: EOI’s WA Budget Tools. Wa State Wire “Inslee abandons mediator role”; Crosscut “Legislature: What's the problem just finishing its work?”. Seattle Times 2nd special session looms as 2 sides far apart“.

Jun 08: Overview of Senate Proposed Budget  ESSB 5034. WA State Fiscal Info of Senate proposal - click through items.

May 22: 2013 General Session ended without a budget or agreement on K-12 issues – WSPTA’s issues update; WSSDA’s bill summary legislative update.

May 21: Summary of each education bill passed in regular Session - all have since been signed by Gov. Inslee.

May 08: The Columbian article - Fixing levy system tougher than finding $1B for schools.

May 05: Seattle Times - State teachers union flexing sizable political muscle again.

Apr 29: WA Legislature ends Session sine die - will return for Special Session May 13th.

Apr 12: Explore WA State’s Fiscal Omnibus Info on K-12 budget and other catagories - click & learn.

Apr 11: Washington Wire: House Dems Come Up With Biggest-Spending Budget Plan Yet – Can You Say Special Session?

              House releases 2013-15 Budget; Crosscut: House Democratic budget emphasizes education;

              Seattle Times: State House Democrats propose raising $1.3 billion through taxes. 

              Rep. Hunter: Senate Budget – Unconstitutional Fund Transfer?

Apr 05: Senate passes 2013-15 Operating Budget bill ESSB 5034 - adds about $1 billion to education / McCleary.

             McCleary Slideshow and Board Resolution resources circulated in Seattle by PTA member H. Bennett.

May 31: Clear synoposis of key current WA ed funding budget tradeoff choices, by WSPTA’s Ramona Hattendorf.

Mar 28: Gov. Inslee releases his 2013-14 Budget Priorities - $1.26 billion for basic education and enhancements.

Mar 26: League of Education Voters releases their 2013 WA Ed Report Card.

Mar 21: Seattle Times - “How would you balance the state budget and fund education?”.

Mar 16: 2013 Wa State Fiscal Information: School District financial data - review stats per school district.

Mar 15: Crosscut article: “Legislature is running out of places to hide from school funding decisions”.

Mar 07: Seattle Times: State Senate passes education policy bills; Lawmakers should support ed-reform bills.

Mar 05: Seattle Times Op-ed: Funding education in Washington state requires more taxes.

Mar 01: Updated District Allocation of State Resources 2011-12 - Excel pivot tables break out allocations vs expenditures.

Feb 28: Seattle Times State Supreme Court throws out two-thirds vote to raise taxes” - simple majority restored.

Feb 12: WA Budget & Policy Cntr. report “A Paramount Duty: Funding Education for McCleary and Beyond“; video.

Jan 29: Kitsap Sun article “Local schools, taxpayers watch as education funding takes center stage”.

Jan 29: Update - Crosscut article “Understanding Rodney Tom” would help Dems.

Jan 21: Resource docs on 2013-14 Budget: WA Legislature Ways & Means PDF; Rep. Hunter’s summary; EOI’s data recap; OFM’s TF summary of Levies & Levy Equalization; and recap of McCleary vs Wa State issues.

Jan 14: WA Legislature convenes 2013 Session; Gov. Gregoire, thank you! Gov. Inslee sworn in the 16th.

Jan 13: House Ways & Means Chair Rep. Ross Hunter offers his 2013-14 Budget outline - great info and references.

Jan 13: Seattle Times Legislators split on increasing school funding - Key legs to watch. Ed on “reform before revenue”.

Jan 01: WA State PTA invites members to Jan. 24th Focus Day in Olympia - lobby for kids and education - blog.

Year:  2 0 1 2

Dec 18: Recap by WSPTA of Governor Gregoire’s 2013-15 Budget, with K-12 highlights. Seattle times article on Gregoire sends $1 billion more to schools.

Dec 10 onward: Jan 29 update - Crosscut article “Understanding RT” would help Dems. Seattle Times - Tom under fire from Dem Party activists on Senate coalition  Education is focus of 2013 Legislature; Political maverick Tom flexes muscles in Olympia; Democratic duo joins with GOP to shake up state Senate.

Dec 18: Recap by WSPTA of Governor Gregoire’s 2013-15 Budget, with K-12 highlights -  Seattle Times article.

Dec 18: Crosscut articles: “Washington school funding shaping up as partisan tax duel” and Dec 6th’s “Republicans defer as Democrats offer school improvement plans” - politics as usual?  Nov. 20: Crosscut calls out Washington business on their support for education funding under their ed positions.

Nov. 14: NEWS offers a 3-chart and stats PDF to serve as the framework for conversations with your lawmakers.

Nov 07: Ed Funding JTF report PDF on Levies and Levy Equalization - understand the levy swap proposals.

Nov 01: WSSDA releases 2013 Legislative Priorities and Positions.

Oct 11: Washington State PTA opposes I-1185 for its hinderance to K-12 funding reforms.

Oct 07: Yowza - WA Supt. Dorn projects $4.1 Billion more needed to adequately fund K-12.

Sep 25: Governor candidates Inslee & McKenna present school funding ideas at WSSDA debate.

Sep 17: Legislature’s Joint Select Committee on Article IX Litigation submits it’s first report to the WA Supreme Court per McCleary Ruling compliance - report only recaps funding reform history and current intentions; meeting materials are here.

Sep 12: Seattle Times on Legislature's first report to the state Supreme Court on its basic ed funding progress.

Sep 07: Spokesman-Review - Vestal’s Hollow ring to education funding talk.

              Legislators slow to meet WA Supreme Court's Sep 17th deadline on school funding update.

Jul 18: Washington Supreme Court gives another win for basic education! Seattle Time article.  Coalition to critique reports.

Jul 05: Gov. Gregoire announces appointees & legislators to Joint Task Force on Education funding.

Jul 01: WSSDA 2012 Legislative Session Summary - New laws went into effect Jun 07, 2012 - info on these bills and more in WSSDA’s 2012 legislative summary downloadable PDF; includes: 2012 session overview and supplemental budgets; bill scorecard; list of reports, rules, recommendations and work groups created or under way; comparison of bill to positions.

Jun 05: Full text of charter schools bill initiative 1240 on November 2012 ballot.

June 2012: New resources - WA State Auditor’s Performance Audit on K-12 Education Spending (Report 1007826), and the new WA State Legislature’s A Citizen’s Guide to K-12 Public School Finance 2012.  WA State spends more than $12 billion annually toward the education of about one million students in 295 public school districts - understand how.

Apr 11: 2012 Legislature’s second Special Session comes to a close, Legislature adjourns sine die.

Feb 14: Local school measure Feb 14th election results.

Feb 09: List by LEV of upcoming local district Town Hall meetings by legislators across the State - attend yours!

Feb 03: NEW Ed-op on Spokane’s 2012 levy “To Be Fair, Parents and Schools Sometimes Treat Their Children Differently by Barb Billinghurst.

Feb 01: An active Legislation session - Daily WSSDA Reports

Jan 05, 2012: WA State Supreme Court issues decision on State's appeal of McCleary v. State ruling: Washington State is failing to meet its constitutionally paramount duty to fully fund K-12 education such that the Court will retain jurisdiction to ensure the Legislature will do so per ESHB 2261 and SHB 2776 reforms!  But the court did not require the Legislature to otherwise take specific action, ordering instead the State to update the Court on how it is addressing the problem - TBD. See the full text of the Court’s decision (the Court’s findings are pages 2-4; historical context on pgs. 3-36; procedural history on 36-38; rationales of anaylsis on 38-76; Conclusion on 76-77); Seatlle Time article; the plaintiff NEWS’ statement; recap by WSSDA analyst.

Year:  2 0 1 1

Dec 13: Gov. Gregoire announces her “Next Steps for Education Reform”, policies to put forward as legislation in the 2012 session, particularly to teacher and principal training, professional development and evaluation. Gov. Gregoire’s November press release & overview of supplemental budget cuts for the shortfall in 2011–13.

Nov 19: Ways & Means’s Chair Ross Hunter’s blog, including his K-12 funding proposal on property tax & LEA swap.

Nov 21: Central WA’s KVEW TV does 3 episodes on Levy Equalization, Basic Ed and impacts on school districts: #1, #2, #3.

Nov 16: Observations & commentary on School Finance in the Digital-Learning Era by Paul T. Hill at UW’s CRPE.

Oct 27: Gov. Gregoire’s budget cut preferences, ed cuts; notification to Legislature; proposal to restructure Levy Equalization, LEA prioritization per school district (a complete LEA chart per SD); and a Seattle Times article.

Oct 27: LEV releases their 2011 Legislative Wrap-up recap - overview of relevant legislation.

Oct 25: OSPI Supt. Dorn editorial on pending Supreme Court decision.

Sep 23: Outline describing State Reduction Packages for State Agency Supplemental Budget / General Fund.

Sep 22: Gregoire calls for Special Session start Nov. 28, 2011 to address budget shortfall predicted $1.4 billion+.

Aug 30: NEW OSPI 2010-11 student data & scores per school district - MSP and HSPE scores, plus demographics, etc.

Aug 28: A new Interactive District Comparison Tool allows easy comparison of OSPI district qualities over time, from 2002-2010. Look at academic indicators (math & reading), demographics, funding ratios, student-teacher ratio, FRL ratios, etc.

Jul 12: Summation of 2011 Ed Legislation, from WSSDA - what passed into law, and what did not succeed to influence ed.

Jul 12: Final report on local levy roles in K-12, by the Levy & Local Effort Assistance Technical Working Group (authorized by HB 2776 on K-12 Funding Distribution Formulas) - see key findings page 2 of Executive Summary.

Jun 29: Seattle Times article shares judges’ questions in WA Supreme Court’s opening aural arguments June 28th on McCleary v. State of WashingtonWASSDA’s recap of the arguments;  summary of Judge Erlick’s Feb. 2010 judgement.

Jun 16: Governor signs 2011-13 budget bills; $1.8 billion in ed cuts - WSSDA’s recap of impacts on education; 2011 ed bills.

Jul 12: Summation of 2011 education legislation, from WSSDA - what passed into law, and what did not succeed to influence our students’ education system.

Jul 12: Final report on local levy roles in K-12, by the Levy & Local Effort Assistance Technical Working Group (authorized by HB 2776 on K-12 Funding Distribution Formulas) - see key findings page 2 of Executive Summary (

Jun 29: Seattle Times article shares judges’ questions in WA Supreme Court’s opening aural arguments June 28th on McCleary v. State of WashingtonWASSDA’s recap of the arguments around WA State’s obligation to fully fund Basic Education for WA K-12 students - summary of Judge Erlick’s Feb. 2010 judgement.

Jun 16: Governor signs budget bills for the 2011-13 Operating Budget, while the revenue forecast is down again - says she’s truly dismayed by $1.8 billion in ed cuts - WSSDA’s recap of impacts on education; 2011 ed bills.

Jun 09: Gov. Gregoire scheduled to publically sign bills June 15th at 2:30 p.m. in Olympia on the operating and capital budget bills, and on policy bills necessary to implement the budget. Bills include ESHB 1087 (2011-13 operating budget), and ESHB 1497 and ESHB 2020 (capital budget and bond bills), SSB 5181 and EHB 2123 (worker’s compensation reforms), ESHB 1981 (limits retire/rehire provisions to PERS & TRS Plan 1 members as of 01/01/12, ESHB 2065 (allocation of funding for alternative learning experiences – ALE).

May 26: Key parts of the budget’s big picture -  Summary: A look at what passed, failed in Olympia

May 24: New budget proposal & LEAP docs available - ESHB 1087 Proposed Striking Amendment (05/24/2011).

*  WSSDA Leg Report - full recap of ed issue status - Compromise operating budget announced

*  LEV’s recap of budget impacts - Legislators sidestep state’s paramount duty

*  A quick summary from WSPTA’s Hattendorf:

   The new budget proposal cuts $4.6 billion -- $200 million less than Senate’s proposal

· The biggest reduction in the operating budget was $861 million for not funding I-728 (student achievement fund)

· Another big hit was $215 million from eliminating K-4 class size enhancement

· Slight reduction in K-3 class-sizes for high-poverty schools (24.1 students, vs. 25.23)

· All-day kindergarten funding supports 21 percent in 2011-12, 22 percent in 2012-12 (up from current 20 percent)

· Science assessment being tied to graduation was not funded, likely that a bill is passed that delays the requirement

· Education ombudsman office is funded, but loses 1 position

· Kindergarten assessment (WaKids) was funded

· Evaluation pilot was funded; incentive money added to encourage other districts to adopt new systems

   About salaries

· K-12 salary reductions are 1.9%, less than Senate’s proposed 3% -- includes salaries for both certificated & classified

· Salary allotment for administrators is cut 3 percent

· Employees making $30,000 or less are spared from state salary cuts

· There will be NO freeze on step increases (a move some said would hit teachers new to the profession especially hard)

· NO guarantee that staff will recover lost wages; but teachers still getting step increases will earn more in 2 yrs w/ increases

· Cost of living suspension continues

· REMEMBER: The state just lowers allotments; how districts choose to absorb the cuts to salaries will vary.

Other: There has been no action on bills to lift the 180 requirement for instructional days.  Budget proposal does not freeze admission into the children’s health plan, but eligibility is lowered to 200% of poverty.  The bill needs to pass the House floor vote, then moves to Senate. Amendments are already coming online: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1087&year=2011

Session Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Wednesdat May 25th.

May 06: Special Session continues - good editorial out of the other Washington, “who’s blame game on teachers

Apr. 22: Regular Legislative Session ends 2 days early, but Gov. calls Special Session to start Tue 26th.

Apr. 18: WA Senate passes budget ESHB 1087 - K-12 budget hit hard (though ADA requ removed - good).

Apr. 04: New House Budget proposed by Chair Hunter is released in PSHB 1087 - several budget summary & details.

Mar. 10: Announced State appeal for oral argument for June 28, 2011 of the appeal for the NEWS lawsuit, a significant 2009 legal victory when the King County Superior Court ruled that the State is not complying with Article 9 of the Washington Constitution to “make ample provision for the education of all children.” More info on NEWS and the lawsuit available here.

Jan 11: Gov. Gregoire’s State of the State speech - WSSDA’s commentary on the speech’s consequences.

Jan 10, 2010: 2011 Legislative Session opens in Olympia; LEV releases 2011 Report Card on WA’s education system.

 

Year:  2 0 1 0

 

Dec 21 + 30 Postings on House & Senate 2011-12 Education Chairs - all Sen. Dem’s listings, all Sen. Rep’s listings.

Dec 15: Gov. releases budget - WSSDA “Nearly $2 billion in public school funding cuts” - more WA 2011-13 budget info.

Dec. 11: In special legislative session to address the projected budget shortfall in the fiscal year ending June 30th, the legislature passed supplemental budget bill HB 3225 to close part of the shortfall. Here’s a list of supplemental budget impacts to K-12, plus a summary of all reductions within the supplemental budget. 

A slideshow PDF WA State Operating Budget: 2009-11 Update and 2011-13 Outlook .

Nov:. Election results at WA Secretary county links.

Nov: Recent new resources - WSSDA voters' guide to SBE elections; Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card”; CPE’s “How the economic crisis affects schools”.; new reports on teacher comp from the National Center for Education Statistics, and report on K-12 revenues per state; and WA States Fiscal Info website.

July: Recent new resources - WA SBE Core Standards website; Principals on student learning, the Wallace Fndnt Report.

Apr 13: 2010 Legislative Session closes, budget settled (K-12 sections 501-517, p. 181-233) —schools can determine impacts on their 2010-11 budget. LEV’s Bill-to-Budget ChartWSPTA’s summary of impacts on K-12 education.  Seattle times article, Seattle PI article, Tacoma News Tribune article,

New - LEV 2010 Leg. Session Updates

 

Mar 30: Gov. Gregoire signs 2010 education billsSeattle Times recap, Seattle PI Is it enough?, Tacoma News Tribune.

Our sincere gratitude to the Washington Legislature for their dedication throughout this difficult Session—thank you!  A special call out to Senators Tom, King, Kauffman ,McAuliffe, & Oemig, and to Reps. Hunter, Dammeier, Goodman, Maxwell, Priest, and Sullivan  — all leaders on core education legislation!

Mar 12: More—Gregoire calls for Special SessionLawmakers settle on K-12 reformsLegislature OKs schools raise levies.

Mar 11: Regular Session ended at midnight: House bills hearing schedule, and Senate bills schedule

Two WSPTA resources: 1) Education Finance Reform (2261) Follow Up Tool, a summary describing the bill’s main features and lists the work groups and agencies, plus web links; 2) Master Meeting Schedule—all are open to the public.

May 20: Governor Gregoire signed ESHB 2261 into law (Governor exercised her right to veto two bill sections).

May 20: What’s Next for 2261 by Barbara McLain, Analyst, Office of Prog. Research, WA Hse. Of Reps.

Apr. 20: Bill ESHB 2261 as passed by Legislature; and Governor Gregoire’s Veto Message (Go to more info).

Feb 22: Senate and House released their 2010 Supplemental Operating Budget proposals today - links to each, along with a summary, are available under the State Budget column at 2010 Supplemental Budgets.

Feb 17: Recent articles: Court prompts an conversation about ed funding; Washington should lead on teacher and principal evaluation; Widespread support of school levies will have multiple impacts on Clark County.

Local School Levy Feb. 9, 2010 Results: Check your County Elections Office.

Feb. 04: BREAKING NEWS - MILESTONE RULING!  Judge John Erlick ruled in NEWS' favor on all elements of our lawsuit against the State of Washington! The court declared the State out of compliance with the Constitution and ordered the State to determine the actual cost of providing an ample education to all K-12 students and to determine a stable and reliable source of funding—the full Ruling doc. Gov. Gregoire’s statement on the ruling. Seattle Times article Feb 4th, SeattleTimes Feb. 5th, King 5 News Feb. 4th, Seattle PI Feb. 4th, The Olympian Feb. 5th, The Columbian Feb 5th. More at Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS) Trial .

2010 Regular Session begins January 11th—the budget is the main topic. The session cutoff dates are adopted the first day of the session and will posted here: House bills hearing schedule, and Senate bills schedule.

Jan 14, 2010: OSPI School District Data from ‘08-09 now available: specific reports include Funding per Pupil per District (9 pg PDF, avail. as Excel also plus a re-sort showing District ranking), Statewide Average Financial Tables and Charts (13 pg PDF) and State Summary School District Financial Reports (42 pg PDF); QEC’s Final Initial ESHB 2261 Report.

Jan. 13: New docs: Gov. Gregoire’s Book II Budget : QEC’s Final Initial ESHB 2261 Report; Supt. Dorn’s 2010 Supplemental Operating Budget proposal;

2010 Regular Session begins January 11th—the budget is the main topic. The session cutoff dates are adopted the first day of the session and will posted here: House bills hearing schedule, and Senate bills schedule.

January 2010: Verdict expected for Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS) Trial, which made a straightforward case: the State has consistently failed to comply with its constitutional mandate to amply fund education for all children—- Seattle Time article.

Year:  2 0 0 9   below - Jump to Archives prior to Dec. 2008 here

Dec 28: 41st’s D-Rep. Marcie Maxwell to remain in House (not take Senate seat vacated by Jarret’s move to King Cnty), replaces Hse. Spkr . Chopp as voting member on the QEC—this is good news for ed reform, Maxwell is a terrific asset.

Dec. -: Senators McAuliffe & Oemig travel for Education Listening Tour—lessons learned as K-12 Ed Chairs.

Dec. 10: OSPI Supt. Dorn responds to Gov. Gregoire’s budget.

Dec. 09: Gov. Gregoire proposes supplemental budget to close $2.6 billion shortfall.

Nov. 12, 2009: The WA State Supreme Court overturns the King County Superior Court ruling brought 3 years ago by the Federal Way School District — cost-of-living inequity ruled constitutional: education reform lost out in the case.

November: Election results - I-1033 failed with 59% and R-71 passed with 53% of the vote.

Sep13: State Senators McAuliffe and Oemig (both QEC members) want to hear from you as they do a statewide Education Reform Listening Tour: Oct 21 in Northshore; Oct 22 in Federal Way; Oct 28 in Seattle (exact locations and times TBD) – more info at LEV .

Sep: 25: TVW’s On Capitol Hill Quest for Quality: The Debate Over Education Reform and Funding; both video segments are available on TVW (linked from above) following their first airing in September.

Sep. 21: An article in the Seattle Times recapping the status of 2009 ed reform legislation today; a descriptive, factual article on the front page of the Seattle Times regarding consequences of funding.

Aug. 31: NEWS trial over education funding in Washington got underway; NEWS Web site; and a Seattle Times article.

Aug. 20: The first Funding Formula Workgroup meets at the Puget Sound ESD’s Blackriver Training Center —the agenda; the address is 800 Oakesdale Ave SW in Renton; driving directions; meetings are open to the public.

The agenda of the 3rd meeting by the K-12 Funding Formula Workgroup: http://www.ofm.wa.gov/k12funding/

Aug. 27: The Quality Education Council (QEC) hold its first meeting in Olympia.  This group will oversee the implementation of ESHB 2261; the webpage at OSPI is www.k12.wa.us/QEC/

Aug. 11: PDF of email from WSPTA offers updates on a #2261 Funding Work Group Meeting scheduled and what's new on the OFM website, including up to date information about school district revenues and expenditures, and new stats on WA students and teachers.

June: Still, OSPI anticipates huge cuts in local school district budgets

Wondering how the 09-11 biennial budget impacts districts?  Here are two PDFs of OSPI FY2009-10 budget projections for all 295 districts.  One is sorted by district name, the other by enrollment (so you can see how budgets compare across similarly sized districts). I calculated the % difference, as well as the per-pupil loss per district, so any errors in that math are mine.  The state summary is at the beginning of the list, and the average and median of the 295 districts are at the end. If you want to compare a certain district to the rest, compare to the median. By Heather Cope, Policy Analyst, League of Education Voters.

Find your OSPI district cuts #s here

May 2009: The K-12 Education Funding Reform Bill of 2009, of the decade, ESHB 2261, became law — its various components are being implemented in stages by various work groups and committees (primary oversight committee is the Quality Education Council (QEC)). The bill marks the first major change to the definition of Basic Education in over 30 years.

· Quality Education Council (QEC) panel— all the QEC meeting docs; link to QEC members’ Web sites.

· K-12 Funding Formula Technical Working Group recs on funding formulas, schedule and funding sources.

· Department of Early Learning to develop a proposal to phase in a program of early learning for all children.

· Outline of 2261 & Work Group Chart as passed by Leg. & signed by Gov. - by LEV / George Scarola

May 19th: Governor Gregoire signed ESHB 2261 into law on May 20thEducation advocates, coalition partners and legislators witnessed the Governor sign HB 2261. The bill marks the first major change to the definition of basic education in over 30 years, with much of the work still to be done by the Work Groups created by the bill…especially in the areas of finding an adequate funding source for implementation and the evolution of teacher compensation / career professionalization.

Just prior to signing, it was announced that the Governor exercised her right to veto two bill sections:

Veto 1)  The creation of a safety net for gifted education: reason given was that the plan needs more work before it can be put into statute (this section was appended near the end of the bill process, so not too surprising)

Veto 2)  The Early Learning component of the bill: Gov wants a proposal brought back next session which would include the option of early learning for all children, not just those in poverty. This veto was an unexpected shock to many who had strongly supported this piece — expect there to be a strong coalition to continue on reinstating this component in the 2010 Session.

April 20th: ESHB 2261 passed out of the House 67 to 31 - the legislature moved on ed reform.

More on Monday April 20th’s passage of 2261 from WSSDA’s Dan Steele’s Report.

Voting ‘Yea’ on 2261 on Apr 20th: Reps. Anderson, Angel, Armstrong, Blake, Carlyle, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, Dammeier, Darneille, Dickerson, Driscoll, Eddy, Ericks, Ericksen, Finn, Flannigan, Goodman, Grant-Herriot, Haigh, Haler, Herrera, Hinkle, Hudgins, Hunter, Hurst, Jacks, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Ormsby, Orwall, Parker, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Priest, Probst, Quall, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Rolfes, Santos, Simpson, Smith, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Wallace, Walsh, Warnick, White, Wood, and Mr. Speaker.  Voting ‘Nay’ on 2261 on Apr 20th: Reps. Alexander, Appleton, Bailey, Campbell, Chandler, Chase, Conway, Cox, Crouse, DeBolt, Dunshee, Green, Hasegawa, Hope, Hunt, Johnson, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, McCune, Orcutt, Pearson, Ross, Schmick, Seaquist, Sells, Shea, Short, Taylor, Van De Wege, and Williams

Mon Apr 20th Legislators are considering one more education reform proposal:

· the Senate version SB 6048 —currently evolving with leadership from Sens. Oemig, McAuliffe and Jarret of the Senate Ed Comm.—leaves the definition of basic education to be done later, depending on when money is available, and how much — it’s still a lot up for grabs, but hopefully less so than previous weeks;

· the Governor is equivocating, hoping the Senate & House will allow her to …..

It’s up to all of us—parents, educators, taxpayers, businesses and community leaders must ensure our lawmakers make the right decision on behalf of children this legislative session!

Thu Apr 16 -  Championed by Sens. McAuliffe, Jarret and Oemig, ESSB 2261 passed off the Senate floor today by a vote of 26 to 23 back to the House (now Passed 04/20 by concurrence vote!). 

· Response from WEA Pres. Lindquist to PTA Pres. Bay  -  ““...there would inevitably be issues on which we would not agree.”

· Letter to WEA Pres. Mary Lindquist from WA State PTA Pres. Bay  -  “...vested interests masquerading as concerned citizens…”.

THE ACTION STILL TO DO NOW

Please tell Governor Gregoire and Senate Majority Leader Brown to pass the strongest education reform bill this session that commits the Legislature to meeting our paramount duty in the State Constitution (and thank House Speaker Chopp for seeing ESHB 2261 through the House (360) 786-7920 or chopp.frank@leg.wa.gov):

Leave-behind note and Issues Overview to give legislators (by LEV / Stand / WA State PTA)

¯  Gov. Gregoire’s office at (360) 902-4111 or  send an e-mail.

¯  Senate Majority Leader Brown’s office at (360) 786-7604 or  brown.lisa@leg.wa.gov

¯  Sen. Ed. Comm Chair Sen. McAuliffe’s (360) 786-7600 or mcauliffe.rosemary@leg.wa.gov

Now is the time to redefine basic education and adopt systemic reforms and accountability measures.

A strong education reform proposal should include:

· Raising high school graduation requirements to 24 credits to prepare students for their choices;

· Adding a 6th period in the school day so students have time for remediation or can take more math, science & world language classes;

· All-day kindergarten and early learning for at-risk children to improve their school success ;

· The redefinition of Basic Education, the adoption of systemic reforms and accountability measures, and a responsible implementation schedule.

If we do so, we will be able to hold our state lawmakers and ourselves accountable for providing our children the kind of education they need to succeed in good economic times and in bad times. We would also better position Washington State to receive federal stimulus dollars and other funds tied to President Obama’s call for innovation in our public schools.

Thu Apr 16 -  Championed by Sens. McAuliffe and Oemig of the Senate Ed Comm., ESSB 2261 passed off the Senate floor today by a vote of 26 to 23 back to the House, hopefully for a concurrence vote to pass it! More on the day from WSSDA’s Dan Steele’s Report.

Commentary from FWS

· Lessons about Reform - Testimony to Senate Education Comm. Hearing March 25th  - Barb Billinghurst

· The FWS 2009 Manifesto - Barb Billinghurst & Byron Shutz

· A Call For the WEA to Negotiate - Not Kill - Bills - Barb Billinghurst

· Teachers Should Bring Their WEA to the Negotiating Table - Barb Billinghurst

· Crossing The Line - a provocation; what’s your perspective? Byron Shutz

UPDATE: 2009-11 State Operating Budget - Senate Version

Mon Mar. 30th: New Budget Overview—K-12 Ed on pg 13. All Senate Budget docs here.

Spreadsheet of Senate’s K-12 Operating Budget for 2009-11; explore the worksheet tabs across the bottom, especially the ‘EstimatedDistSD’ tab to see how your school district may be impacted by the stimulus dollars.

Overview of the Senate Democratic Caucus operating budget press conference (TVW) in regards to education; though education was the last cuts by budget writers, each school district still to receive a 2.5—3 % cut:

· K-12 education would be cut by $877 million; 391 million in levy equalization cuts.

·  I-732 (teacher COLA) would be suspended; I-728 reduced over 90%.

· K-4 enhancement is cut.

· The Fed stimulus assumed to provide $410 million to backfill K-12 cuts.

· Attempt to restructure historically uneven funding between school districts.

· Higher education hit by substantial cuts up to $513 million. Tuition up 7% at 4-year universities, up 5% at community and technical colleges; an additional $45 million coming in to offset tuition increases.

2009-11 State Operating Budget Still to come: K-12 education being heard at the Ways and Means hearing Tuesday 1:30. On the House side, one public hearing is scheduled for the budget on Tuesday at 3:30.

March 30 WASSDA report by Dan Steele — more specifics of the budget impacts on Districts.

Senate Ed Comm, at the 1:30 pm executive meeting (TVW), voted in favor of passing ESHB 2261 out of the Senate committee (Hse added striker to turn it wholly into HB 2261). All agree much remains to be negotiated top reflect the intent and will of all the stakeholders and legislators.

Thu. Mar. 25: Governor Gregoire wrote legislators regarding current education reform — a comparison by LEV of Gov’s outline to the current bills HB-2261 and SB-6048; the Gov’s letter.

On March 19th: House Ed Appropriations Comm. heard public testimony on Senate bill ESB 6048; docs available to explain and contrast with HB 2261 are Conceptual Overview and Policy Comparisons. Links to the a bills’ legislative page: HB 2261 and SB 6048.

A call for decisive action in: Tacoma News Trib. op-ed, Seattle Times article ; Seattle PI op-ed

March 12th: Ed funding bill HB 2261 passes out of House!

House Bill 2261 passed with a bipartisan vote of 71 to 26 and will move on to the state Senate for consideration. The passage of HB 2261 leapt a huge hurdle for children and schools!

From LEV:  Please send a “thank you” message to the four House members, Rep. Pat Sullivan, Rep. Skip Priest, Rep. Ross Hunter and Rep. Glenn Anderson, who were the architects of HB 2261. The House members worked together to improve HB 2261 to include reforms that children need to succeed in college, job training and the workforce. A major piece was added as an amendment to HB 2261 by Rep. Hunter to strengthen Washington’s high school graduation requirements.

Speak up for education reform at your town hall this week!  View the list of Senate and House members who supported or opposed education reform legislation—thank you to yea voters!

March 9th: Ed funding bill SB 6048 passes out of Senate!  But with little fanfare — so devoid of substance that some ed funding supporters (and originators) voted against it. Intent is for the much stronger (but still underwhelming) House bill 2261 to push its development to be a true companion bill.

Newest Ed Bills: Substitute Bill (APPE 09), HB 2261 and SB 6048

Keep up interest in transitioning the framework of BEF bills HB 1410 and SB 5444 -

Rep. Ross Hunter’s blog ed legislation progress  and  BEF Legislator’s Blog  and  LEV daily blog.

Fast moving legislation in February brought new bills by Rep. Sullivan, HB 2261 and Senator Oemig, SB 6048.

Rebuttals to viewpoints opposing the reform legislation in progress

· The FWS 2009 Manifesto - Barb Billinghurst & Byron Shutz

· WEA Distances Teachers from the Negotiating Table - Barb Billinghurst

· Teachers Should Bring Their WEA to the Negotiating Table - Barb Billinghurst

· Crossing The Line - a provocation; what’s your perspective? Byron Shutz

· A Rebuttal to WEA statements on HB1410 / SB544 - John Stokes.

· An Open Letter to Teachers from Rep. Ross Hunter - Feb. 15, 2009 (bill sponsor, BEFJTF member).

· Sen. Jarret’s FAQs on SB 5444 / HB 1410 - Senator Fred Jarret (bill sponsor, BEFJTF member).

· Sup. Kimball’s Note to Staff on Status of Ed Funding - LWSD Sup. Dr. Chip Kimball, Feb. 23, 2009.

· Open Letter to WA State Legislators from Superintendents of King/Pierce/Bainbridge  - Jan 28th

The alternative viewpoint to legislative reforms in progress

The Wrong Bills at the Wrong Time - WEA

WEA Legislative Priorities - WEA

Our Voice - WEA

Lawmakers need our state-wide support to push through the reform legislation in progress right now!

· WA’s K-12 Portion of the Federal Stimulus Package  - latest info in a Feb. 24th PowerPoint.

· State Economic & Revenue Outlook: Early Guidance March 2009 Forecast by Arun Raha, Exec. Dir. WSERFC.

· Talking Points on HB 1410 and SB 5444 - 1-pg overview by League of Education Voters.

· Talking Points on HB 1410 and SB 5444 - 6-pg explanations; by Barb Billinghurst.

March 12th: Ed funding bill HB 2261 passes out of House!

House Bill 2261 passed with a bipartisan vote of 71 to 26 and will move on to the state Senate for consideration. The passage of HB 2261 leapt a huge hurdle for children and schools!

From LEV:  Please send a “thank you” message to the four House members, Rep. Pat Sullivan, Rep. Skip Priest, Rep. Ross Hunter and Rep. Glenn Anderson, who were the architects of HB 2261. The House members worked together to improve HB 2261 to include reforms that children need to succeed in college, job training and the workforce. A major piece in HB 2261 was added as an amendment by Rep. Hunter to strengthen Washington’s high school diploma to ensure students take the courses they need to pursue their dreams after high school.

Speak up for education reform at your town hall this week!  View the list of Senate and House members who supported or opposed education reform legislation. Thank your Senator and Representatives for voting YES or let them know why you support education reform.

March 9th: Ed funding bill SB 6048 passes out of Senate!  But with little fanfare — so devoid of substance that some ed funding supporters (and originators) voted against it. Intent is for the much stronger (but still underwhelming) House bill 2261 to push its development to be a true companion bill.

 

Jan 14, 2009  — Final Report: Basic Education Finance Joint Task Force — Just released final recommendations!

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Archive of even older Breaking News Headlines - 2008

 

Funding Washington Schools

(Auto-translate to other languages)