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    District Statement on McCleary Education Funding Lawsuit Hearing
    Posted on 10/24/2017

    Seattle Public Schools Statement on McCleary Education Funding Lawsuit Hearing

    Tues., Oct. 24, 2017, is an important day as the state Supreme Court of Washington hears oral arguments in the McCleary lawsuit. The Court in 2012 directed the state Legislature to revamp the way basic education is funded in Washington so that it is ample and equitable, and to reduce the use of local levies to cover the costs of what the state should be funding.

    In the waning moments of the legislative session, the Legislature passed a new state budget and education policy bill to meet the Court’s McCleary mandate. While legislators put in a good effort, the new funding system results in budget deficits for Seattle Public Schools and other districts statewide.

    We continue to believe the Legislature’s work is not done, and it is our hope the Court continues to hold legislators accountable to correct the new inequities. Please see the news statement we issued yesterday in support of that message.

    Thank you for your continued support for the 53,000 plus students of Seattle Public Schools.

    Images below demonstrate revenue analysis of status quo to enacted budget and special education the remaining gap in state basic education funding for staff.

    Revenue Analysis of Status Quo to Enacted Budget

    Special Education the remaining gap in state basic education funding for staff