Very dense and meaty. I think it's mostly fact-based (rather than party-prone). Rep. Ross Hunter explains teacher compensation and local levies in his McCleary Phase II.
This chart shows how teacher salaries have been constructed since
1996. The gray portion at the top is the part provided by local levies,
not by the state.
Teacher salaries aren’t the only cost. School districts also pay
classified staff and administrators, and the split between state and
local funding is even greater for these categories than it is for
To figure out the gray area in the above chart you have to figure out
which teachers are doing “basic education” and which are providing
“extras.” For example, the basic ed model (adopted in HB 2261 and HB
2276 in 2009 and 2010) assumes a six period day. The Bellevue School
District has seven, providing more options to students. This requires
more teachers. Then you need to know how much of their time is spent on
basic education. Many teachers do extra stuff, like coaching or advising