Thanks to our Legislature, Washington state is heading in the right direction on education funding.
With the House budget released on Friday and the Senate budget released yesterday, we see our Legislature stepping up to the challenge of funding the full continuum of public education in our state—from early learning through higher education. The League of Education Voters and our partners have long advocated for support of this continuum, and we are pleased to see bipartisan support in both chambers answering this call.
While neither budget bill is perfect, they echo the growing demand that education investments reflect the returns from early learning, as well as the necessity of a postsecondary degree or certificate. There are details to be ironed out, especially with regard to the constitutional issue of compensation and the use of local levies to fund basic education. Look for more from Team LEV on both budgets after they are voted off their respective floors.
In the meantime, please join us in thanking our leaders in Olympia for making a significant investment in education and looking out for Washington’s students.