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State superintendent likes House schools budget

Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn praised the state House of Representatives budget for schools in the coming biennium.

In a statement released last week, he said, “The state House budget proposal, released yesterday, puts us on the path to fully funding basic education by 2018. It aligns with the initial stages of education reform as outlined in Substitute House Bill 2776 and the work of the Quality Education Council, which I used as the basis for my budget request.”

The proposal includes $225.4 million for K-3 class-size reduction.

Next, materials, supplies and operating costs total $461.3 million.

Pupil transportation would be funded at 100 percent, $144.1 million, by the 2014-15 school year.

Full-day kindergarten ($91.5 million): The number of state-funded full-day kindergarten classrooms would be increased from the current 22 percent to 38 percent in 2013-14, and 53 percent in 2014-15. The work continues to get Washington state to 100 percent by 2017-18.

Administrative and classified employee salaries were included at $247.9 million.

“Districts would no longer need to rely on funding from unstable sources like local levies to pay non-certificated employees,” Dorn said.

The proposal also funds additional basic education requirements of McCleary, such as support for students to get them career and college ready by graduation at a cost of $75.0 million and an increase of instructional hours to allow students the opportunity to earn more credits between seventh and 12th grade at $63.5 million.

 

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