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Webb says state budget fails on McCleary mandate

first_imgAfter initially saying he was “cautiously optimistic” the state operating budget would comply with the Supreme Court’s school funding mandate, Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb recently wrote that the budget “inadequately addresses the essential principle of the McCleary order — ample funding.”Webb, in his capacity as president of the Washington Association of School Administrators, recently penned an article for the organization’s “WASA Hotline” newsletter decrying House Bill 2224, the state education funding plan, as failing to “provide sufficient resources to make many districts whole as they transition to the new system” for funding schools. A 2012 lawsuit, McCleary v. State of Washington, ruled the state was failing to fund basic education in violation of the state constitution.But using data from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instructions, 10 of the 30 districts in Educational Service District 112 could receive less money in the 2018-2019 school year than this year, according to the WASA newsletter.According to Webb, that’s because the state budget eliminates the “staff mix factor” — a numerical value assigned to schools based on the seniority and degrees of its teaching staff. A district with a more senior staff where more teachers have master’s degrees, for example, previously received more state money than a district with more inexperienced teachers who only have bachelor’s degrees.Under the new approach, districts will receive funding based on the average cost of a teacher and how many students are in the district, meaning if a district has a more experienced teaching staff than the state average, it may not receive the money it needs to actually pay those teachers, Webb said.last_img

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