Another area of reduction; preschool enrollment for 3-year olds. Another reason to vote for the Families and Education levy.
Eliminate school bus transportation $220.0 million
Shifts responsibility for transporting students to parents and communities through local transit
systems, beginning in the 2012–13 school year. Maintains required transportation for eligible
children with disabilities.
Also, reduce the school year by a week, eliminate National Board certification bonuses (boo), eliminate full-day K in high poverty schools, change daily attendance calculation and change the calculation for withdrawal from school from 20 consecutive days to FIVE. Read the full list for all the ideas put forth. You might want to weigh in with the Governor or your state legislator about what is a non-starter versus a maybe versus "okay if you have to". Don't let THEM decide.
Update: Here's part of Dr. Enfield's response; clearly I missed a couple of things. It is even more serious and discouraging than I thought (bold mine).
The Governor’s proposal to increase class sizes by two students in grades 4-12 will result in an additional “hit” to our already strapped school district budget. Our classroom size is mandated by our teachers’ contract so we have to pay for that contracted classroom size, even if we receive no money from the state.
The suggested change to the state attendance policy to withdraw students after only five days of absence may save the state money, but will have the effect of increasing the dropout rate because the students will totally lose their connection with their school after five days.
The Governor’s plan to eliminate school transportation for all but those students who qualify for special education services will again disproportionately affect low-income families who are least able to provide transportation for their children.
We appreciate that the Governor does not appear to be recommending a cut to the school year or the elimination of full day kindergarten, but her recommendations will have the effect of increasing disparities and will have a negative effect on our students’ ability to be successful after high school.
End of Update
The Governor has laid out her proposed cuts to the budget.
For K-12 education there is some sort of accounting sleight of hand to not paying the schools a $330M payment one day and waiting until the next (so it falls into the next 2-year budget). I'm not sure that hurts the district much as I think that is mostly operations money.
She proposes cutting in half levy equalization money to districts that usually are the ones to take advantage of this option (the more property-poor and/or rural ones). That is supposed to save $150M.
She also proposes to increase class sizes by two students in grades 4-12, supposedly saving $150M.
So Seattle Public School parents who have extra full schools, now you get extra full classrooms (not like it isn't happening in some classes anyway). This is much more likely to impact classrooms and not school administrations.
But interestingly, on a KUOW interview today, Peter Maier says he would give the district a "B+" and that parents should be "celebrating" the growth of our district.
The grade is laughable and frankly, a little insulting to anyone who knows the history of our district over the last year or so (even taking in the good things).
As for celebrating, I guess you parents can do that AFTER all the capacity issues are addressed which should be, oh, in 4-10 years when Peter Maier will be long gone.