That increase in the levy lid is set to expire in January 2018, causing school district officials to seek an extension.So, to review, there are legislators who believe in pushing, pushing right to the edge of time constraints to fulfill McCleary. What do I believe? I think there are those in the legislature who truly want to upend the public education system in this state and believe they can do it by not fulfilling Mccleary and continuing to expand ed reform like charter schools and vouchers.
Some lawmakers argued that school district officials won’t need the increased levy authority if the Legislature meets its obligations to fully fund public schools before 2018.
The compromise budget says the Legislature will revisit the issue next April, if lawmakers determine they aren’t on track to fully fund public schools by April 30.
“We have got to be committed to the solution,” said state Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup, who called the plan a “well-worked compromise.”
Other lawmakers said school districts need more certainty than the budget provides. State Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, said many school districts will have to plan for layoffs and budget cuts without the extension of the levy cliff.
“This is a devastating blow to school districts throughout our entire state,” he said. “What we’re doing is we’re making the next 12 months completely miserable for school districts.”
Update from KPLU:
Lawmakers say their plan now is to quickly vote on the deal even though that means little time for anyone to scrutinize it.
Legislative staff say details on what’s in the budget won’t be available until Tuesday morning. The legislature could adjourn as early as Tuesday night.Tweet from Melissa Santos at the News Tribune:
The final budget also won't delay so-called "levy cliff" for school districtUnbelievable. Backstory from Jan. 2016 in the News Tribune:
State lawmakers say 2016 will be the year they finally will agree on a plan to fully fund basic education, something the state Supreme Court ordered them to do two years ago.
Paying for that plan, however, is something that probably won’t happen until 2017. And school districts throughout the state say they can’t afford to wait for the Legislature to come up with the money.
Districts are approaching what officials call a “levy cliff,” an upcoming reduction in how much money school districts can collect through local property tax levies.
Because of that, district officials say they urgently need the Legislature to either fix the unconstitutional way the state funds education — a big job that legislative leaders have said they are unlikely to tackle this year — or else delay the planned reduction in local levy authority that threatens to cut millions from school district budgets in the 2017-18 school year.In addition, the New Tribune tweeted this:
House budget lead Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish: "We didn't address the teacher shortage as much as we'd like." No new pay raisesEvery single time I see these kinds of stories about this session for this legislature, I just wonder, "What's the Supreme Court going to think?"