West Seattle Blog
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Passage of ballot outcomes according to Seattle Schools:
1B for Preschool: Yay! Great! Thanks Seattle voters.
1351 for Lower Class Sizes : Not so much.
From Interim Superintendent Larry Nyland:
It is too soon to know exactly how I-1351 will impact Seattle Public Schools in the wake of the Supreme Court McCleary ruling and actions anticipated during this Legislative session.
Class size is one of the top four priorities of the McCleary ruling and long overdue since Washington’s class sizes rank among the highest in the nation.
If fully funded by the legislature, the initiative would have a significant impact on staffing and building facilities. That will put pressure on Seattle to find additional classroom space in our current buildings.
Moving forward, the district will follow the deliberations of Washington State Legislature as they determine funding for McCleary and I-1351. We will work with the Seattle Education Association (SEA) on implementing legislation that comes from I-1351.
Seriously? If the Legislature funds 1351, the district would have many more resource staff to offer students. Is this decided distance because those staff would be at the school level and not the headquarters' level?
And 1351 "would put pressure on SPS" for classroom space? And 1B wouldn't? Preschool isn't even a K-12 funded mandate by the state.
Well, we know where those political chips are. We also know which way the wind blows for Interim Superintendent Nyland.