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How Much Funding is Needed for McCleary?

Posted by Tara Lee at Feb 14, 2013 05:20 PM |

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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Legislative Testimony

Senior Budget Analyst Kim Justice recently testified before Senate Ways and Means against a bill that would fund education at the expense of other budget investments. Watch it here. 

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Inside Olympia

Executive Director Remy Trupin appeared on TVW's "Inside Olympia" to discuss the budget, revenue options, and the impact of the McCleary decision going forward. The whole interview can be found here. 

Remy TVW -March 14


Budget Matters 2013

More than 300 people -- advocates, students, lawmakers, and policy experts joined us for our second annual policy conference. We heard from Heather McGhee, Jared Bernstein, and Governor Inslee.

Click here for video clips, photos, and PowerPoint presentations from the break-out sessions.

Our new video has highlights from the day. 

Heather McGhee


Save the date for this year's conference: Friday, December 12th, 2014 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.