I'll have a write-up on this meeting but you might want to get ready for some loud advocating. It appears the staff is somewhat trying to twist the arms of the Board in order to get what staff wants. The Board should have none of it.
Growing pains? SPS is not alone. From the Issaquah press:
The average size of the district’s elementary school is 622 students, while middle schools are averaging 960. The three high schools’ average is skewed as Liberty has just 1,200 students while Skyline and Issaquah have more than 2,200 each.Good op-ed over at Crosscut by Bill Keim, the head of the Washington School Administrators Association on McCleary. What makes it good reading is his documentation of spending by the state.
During the past four decades, a big part of why Washington’s education funding system went from near the top among the states to near the bottom is the powerful pressure exerted on the legislature by anti-tax forces. This isn’t just an opposition to new taxes. As the attached graph from the Washington State Budget and Policy Center shows, we’re nowhere near the level of state revenue as a percent of personal income that we were two decades ago.Community Meeting on Saturday:Director Patu - Caffe Vita from 10am-11am
In a 2014 presentation on this topic, David Schumacher, director for the state’s Office of Financial Management, said this decline represented a loss of $15 billion in revenue for the biennium. That would be more than enough to address the state’s education funding shortfall.
Community Meeting on Sunday: Director Geary - NE Library from 2:00-3:30 pm
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