By the League of Education Voters Policy Team

The Washington state House and Senate have released their 2021-2023 biennial budget proposals. See how they compare with Governor Inslee’s budget proposal:

 

Governor Proposed

All amounts are per biennium unless noted

(Governor’s budget was proposed prior to last 2 rounds of federal stimulus)

House Proposed

All amounts are per biennium unless noted

Senate Proposed

All amounts are per biennium unless noted

Early Childhood Education

Expanding access to the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) and Working Connections Child Care (WCCC)

(Federal and State funding allocated through the Fair Start for Kids Act and/or other investments)

FPL = Federal Poverty Line
SMI = State Median Income

ECEAP: Increase the subsidy rate by 7% and add 750 new slots in the 22-23 school year

WCCC: Increase income eligibility to households at 210% FPL and reduce some copayments

ECEAP: Increase the subsidy rate by 7% and add 100 new slots in 2022 and 650 new slots in 2023

WCCC: Expand income eligibility to households at 60% SMI, increase the subsidy rate to 75% of market rate in 2022 and 85% in 2023, and restructure copayments

ECEAP: Increase the subsidy rate by 10% and add 750 new slots in 2022 and 1000 new slots in 2023

WCCC: Expand income eligibility to households at 60% SMI, increase the subsidy rate to 85% of market rate in 2021, and restructure copayments

Emergency Assistance for Child Care

(Federal Funding)

No Additional Funding +$400 million

For childcare stabilization grants

+$391 million

For childcare stabilization grants

K-12: Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Response to Lost Instructional Time

(Federal and State funding)

Does not include $1.7 billion in recent federal funding to districts.

+$400 million

For expanded learning opportunities after school, during the summer, or to expand the school year

+$142.9 million

To address lost learning time, summer enrichment, and after school programs

+$71.8 million

To support grants to community-based organizations, dual language programs, career and technical education (CTE), small school assistance, and other areas

+$278.1 million

To extend the 2021-22 school year by five days

+$218 million

One-time funding for learning recovery and acceleration

+$18.5 million

To support after school programs through Community Learning Centers (Federal funding)

+$17.7 million

To assist districts in providing a week-long program in schools for students to re-engage in learning, physical activity, and social interaction (Federal funding)

+$18 million

To provide grants to entities or organizations to provide outdoor education summer enrichment programs (Federal funding)

School District Budget Stabilization for the 2020-21 School Year No Additional Funding +$53 million

One-time increase in funding to support student transportation for the 2020-21 school year

+$191 million

One-time funding to ensure districts receive at least $1,500 per student in COVID-19 relief funding when combined with federal funding

+$358 million

One-time increase in funding to support student transportation for the 2020-21 school year

Digital Divide +$79 million

To support residential broadband connections for families who cannot afford access to the Internet

+$112 million

To expand connectivity for K-12 students and to support students and districts in acquiring and supporting the use of learning devices (House Bill 1365)

+$8 million

To support expanding connectivity for students

K-12: Student Supports

Language Access +$33,000

To continue the work of the Language Access Workgroup

+$592,000

To continue the work of the Language Access Workgroup and provide technical assistance to districts aligned with the 2020 workgroup report

+$592,000

To continue the work of the Language Access Workgroup and provide technical assistance to districts aligned with the 2020 workgroup report

Learning Assistance Program (LAP) Not Included +$275,000

Provides increased flexibility for districts, enables more community partnerships, and supports implementation of the WA Integrated Student Support Protocol (House Bill 1208)

Not Included
Institutional Education No Additional Funding +$4.5 million

To support differentiated instruction including support for student Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) and providing educational advocates at institutions with more than 40 students

No Additional Funding
Guidance Counseling +$32 million

To increase access to guidance counseling support in high-poverty elementary schools starting in 2022-23

+$52.5 million

To increase access to guidance counseling support in high-poverty elementary, middle, and high schools starting in 2022-23

+$32.8 million

To increase access to guidance counseling support in high-poverty elementary schools starting in 2022-23

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

(A framework that uses targeted behavioral, social emotional, and academic services to support students)

+$760,000

To support district implementation of MTSS

+$760,000

To support district implementation of MTSS

No Additional Funding
Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness No Additional Funding +$12 million

To support students experiencing homelessness to attend school and participate in school activities, including providing wraparound supports

+$12 million

To support students experiencing homelessness to attend school and participate in school activities, including providing wraparound supports

Inclusive Practices Pilot Project Not Included Not Included +$12 million

To continue supporting schools and districts in the adoption of inclusive practices

K-12: Special Education

Special Education Funding

(Federal funding)

No Additional Funding +$48.7 million

To support the special education Safety Net program

+$53 million

Federal funding that must be spent consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)

Transition Services

(Federal funding)

No Additional Funding +$24 million

Extending eligibility for transition services of students turning 21 during the last two school years and not graduating with a regular diploma

+$24 million

Extending eligibility for transition services of students turning 21 during the last two school years and not graduating with a regular diploma

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) +$75,000

To hire a special education parent and family liaison

+$75,000

To hire a special education parent and family liaison

+$75,000

To hire a special education parent and family liaison

K-12: Other Program Areas

School Lunches No Additional Funding +$8.9 million

Expanding the elimination of student co-pays for the reduced-price lunch program from the current K-3 to K-12

No Additional Funding
Supporting Paraeducators +$14.8 million

To provide two days of professional development per year and to create online training in community, family, and student engagement

+$14.8 million

To provide two days of professional development per year and to create online training in community, family, and student engagement

+$14.8 million

To provide two days of professional development per year and to create online training in community, family, and student engagement

Running Start No Additional Funding +$35.1 million

To remove the enrollment limit on college course enrollment

No Additional Funding
Dual Credit Subsidies No Changes No Changes $9.8 million reduction

Eliminates subsidies for dual credit course and exam fees for students from low-income families

Climate Science Education +$2 million

To promote curriculum development, teacher supports, and develop partnerships with community organizations
+$2 million

To promote curriculum development, teacher supports, and develop partnerships with community organizations
No Additional Funding
School Nurses and Regional Safety Centers No Additional Funding +$16 million

Funding for the School Nurse Corps to support small school districts and increase staffing at regional safety centers

No Additional Funding

Higher Education

Guided Pathways No Additional Funding +$15.9 million

To support programs designed to improve student success with redesigned academic programs and expanded academic advising and student services

+$15.9 million

To support programs designed to improve student success with redesigned academic programs and expanded academic advising and student services

Advance Equity at Public Higher Education Institutions +$33.2 million

To provide funding to support diversity, equity, and inclusion work

Not Included +$28.2 million

To provide funding to support diversity, equity, and inclusion work (Senate Bill 5227)

Passport to Careers +$8.4 million

To provide grants, mentorship, and student support services to college students or apprentices who have experienced foster care or homelessness

+$8.5 million

To provide grants, mentorship, and student support services to college students or apprentices who have experienced foster care or homelessness

+$8.5 million

To provide grants, mentorship, and student support services to college students or apprentices who have experienced foster care or homelessness

Emergency Assistance Grants Not Included +$14 million

To provide monetary aid to students at community and technical colleges who experience unforeseen situations that impact their ability to attend class

Not Included
Remove Barriers to Financial Aid +$1.1 million

To help families and students connect with financial aid opportunities

Not Included Not Included

 

2021-2023 Budget Proposal Side-By-Side (PDF)

 

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