|March 18 marks the 2/3 point on the school calendar — a symbolic date to remind us all that the state funds only 2/3 of the cost of running our schools.
Our state constitution’s paramount duty is to fund K-12 education fully — not 2/3 — and for all children, not just some. The Legislature has failed its funding duty year after year, pushing a state responsibility onto local communities. Families in Washington pay state taxes that are supposed to cover basic education. Then they have to pass local levies to pick up basic education costs the state fails to cover (like textbooks and school buses). Then they have to fund-raise to make sure “enhancements” (like a basic college prep curriculum or extra reading support) are covered.
Please, take action and tell the Legislature to pay for a full year of basic education and honor its promise to implement the 24-credit career and college ready diploma.