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Monday, March 25, 2013

Budget Updates for SPS and Washington State

In case you didn't hear, last Wednesday the economic forecast was released for Washington State.  It showed flat growth which was actually good news as it means the Legislature doesn't have to find more cuts (in theory).

Here's what was stated by Duggan Harman who is the Assistant Superintendent of Business & Finance (aka the budget guy) for SPS at last week's Board meeting.

He stated the following:
  • SPS has an $18M shortfall.  Staff has found cuts that would make up for two-thirds of the shortfall but they are one-time cuts.  A couple of thoughts to close the gap - increasing kindergarten tuition (again) and transportation reductions.
  • SPS, along with several other districts including Tacoma, Spokane, Bellevue and Highline, have sent a letter to the Legislature urging them to pass ESB2261 (which is the full-funding measure for Washington State K-12 schools).  It would include fully funding transportation, K-3 high-poverty students would be in classes no larger than 17:1, funding full-day K as well as materials, supplies and operations costs.  April 12th, the superintendents in these districts will travel to Olympia to lobby for passage of the bill.
  • If this bill passes, for SPS alone, the district would get an additional $24.9M and by 2017, $82M.  Eighty-two million dollars more for our district.  Can you imagine?
  • Sequestration would not hit the district this year but next year would be terrible.  Title I would lose $800k, Title II would lose $147k, ELL would lose $55k, etc.  Overall, the dollars lost would be about $1.8M.   Note that this would hit the students who most need those dollars.
  • The Legislative session is to end April 28th.
 Meanwhile, over at Publicola, they have done some great work on education funding stories.



 An essential read is Publicola's Let the Budget Battle Begin piece, featuring State Senator Andy Hill (R-Redmond) and State Rep. Ross Hunter (D-Medina) who are the lead budget writers for their respective chambers.  Also, this interview with Ross Hunter has a lot of interesting ideas about education funding.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Deadly car crash on 75th by Eckstein....It happened shortly before many kids were released from after school activities and sports. Sounds like Eckstein students were not injured.

http://www.king5.com/news/local/Aid-crews-responding-to-multi-causualty-traffic-accident-199950971.html

-neighbor

KG said...

Once again I will remind you that Macrotheft and Bombing pay ZERO taxes to this state which has cost education BILLIONS and we just keep letting them ABUSE school children.

ALSO we have DUggan Harman and other criminals ruining the budget yearly, but this blog continues to
operate as if this were acceptable.

Until we tax these thug corporations we will never fund education.

K Parent said...

About increasing K tuition - is the increase going to make up a shortfall in K funding or are they doing to to make up the bigger shortfall?

Melissa Westbrook said...

KG, you have a point of view but please refrain from calling any names. If you do it again, I will delete your comment.

Melissa Westbrook said...

KG, you have a point of view but please refrain from calling any names. If you do it again, I will delete your comment.

Just Saying This Blog is going downhill said...
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Anonymous said...

I have for many years thought that it is odd that the SSD shortfall continues to be within a range of 16-21 million dollars (after the large debacle of $34 Million under Olchesfke)every year. It's never 3M, or 27M, or 7M.....Just thought it curious, and don't know what to make of it.

2 1/4yearstogo

Anonymous said...

Regarding the K tuition increase, I was under the impression that they plan to raise tuition every year for the next few years until they are no longer subsidizing anything? From the Seattle Times in Feb. 2012.

"That's about 15 percent higher than last year's rate of $2,370 and about 31 percent higher than tuition for the year before, $2,070. And tuition is almost certain to rise another 15 percent the following year, DeBell said."

So are they planning on raising K tution even more than 15% for next year? Maybe eliminate their supposed subsidy all together and raise tuition 30%? I would love to see a breakdown of where all of that money is going.

I don't regret sending my child 1/2 day this year at all, and I suspect more will soon follow if tuition keeps rising. It is an incredible amount of money to pay when you consider your child will be in a classroom with 28 other students. It doesn't add up.
1/2 Day Parent

Melissa Westbrook said...

1/2 Day, we'll just have to wait and see. There were no numbers attached to any of it. Thank you for the reminder that it was going up anyway.