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How Much Funding is Needed for McCleary?

Posted by taral at Feb 14, 2013 12:20 PM |
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Part One in a series on our new policy brief, A Paramount Duty: Funding Education for McCleary and Beyond.

The State Supreme Court’s decision in McCleary v. State mandated a significant boost in K-12 school funding. However, there are a variety of perspectives on how the state can fulfill the requirements of the McCleary ruling. While all of them come with different price tags, it is clear that new revenue will be needed to abide by the ruling.

Funding core enhancements

Additional funding is needed in four core areas:  full-day kindergarten; K-3 class size reduction; maintenance, supplies, and operating costs; and transportation. To fund these enhancements, the cost is estimated at $1 billion in the 2013-15 budget, growing to $3.3 billion by 2017-19. The phase-in of these enhancements was laid out in House Bill 2776, which was signed into law in 2010.

Task Force recommendations

Another assessment concluded that more is needed. The Joint Task Force on Education Funding, established by the legislature, estimates that it will take $1.4 billion in the next two-year budget cycle and $4.5 billion by 2017-19 to meet our obligations.

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Teacher compensation

Additionally, in order to recruit and retain quality educators, they need competitive compensation. A proposal by The Compensation Technical Working Group (TWG), authorized as part of HB 2261, recommends higher starting pay for teachers, competitive salaries, annual cost of living adjustments, and increased time for training and professional development, among other enhancements. These investments are estimated to cost an additional $2.8 billion per fiscal year once fully implemented.

Need for revenue

To meet the requirements of McCleary, Washington state needs new revenue. There are things we can do right now to begin to address our obligations. A new state tax on capital gains could raise about $700 million per year in new resources. Policymakers could also extend tax increases passed in 2010 that are set to expire, generating $630 million in the next budget cycle.

For more information, check out our policy brief, A Paramount Duty: Funding Education for McCleary and Beyond

Webinar on McCleary

Earlier this week, our staff hosted a community webinar, on the McCleary decision and its impact on our state. Listen in!

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HIGHLIGHTS

Watch the Budget Matters Plenary 

View the Budget Matters 2016 conference plenary panel, "What's at Stake in the 2017-2019 Budget: Funding McCleary and Beyond," on TVW. Moderated by Ann Dornfeld of KUOW with a budget overview by our own Andy Nicholas, the panel features Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year; Lew Moore of the Washington Research Council; Roxana Norouzi of OneAmerica; and Sen. Christine Rolfes. The plenary starts after a brief intro by Executive Director Misha Werschkul and an intro video by Gov. Inslee.

Our Legislative Agenda

Our agenda for the 2015-2017 biennium calls for an equitable, sustainable revenue system in addition to state investments that: promote a world-class education system; sustain a strong middle class; produce living-wage jobs, and ensure that all Washingtonians have equal opportunity to get ahead. 

Testimonies in Olympia

We testified in support of a number of important bills during the 2016 legislative session. Take a look:

  • Our testimony (at the 23:23 minute mark) on the House Bill that would take a two-generation approach to preventing poverty 
  • Our testimony (at the 1:54:09 mark) on the House bill focused on aerospace-related tax breaks
  • Our House testimony (at the 9:25 mark) and Senate testimony (at the 1:44:54 mark) on the two-generation approach to poverty prevention bill 

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