Jan 7 2019

The Washington state legislative session kicks off on January 14, and following a massive overhaul of Washington’s K-12 funding system to comply with the McCleary decision, the legislature will consider a number of proposals impacting early childhood education, special education and more.

Thomas Halverson, director of the Master’s in Education Policy program at the University of Washington, comments on what's in store for education policy and funding in the Washington Legislature's 2019 session in a new podcast from the UW College of Education.

“I think we’re starting to see a little bit of a move away from McCleary and K-12 dominating the discussion in Olympia and we’re now starting to see in the budget a real interest in exploring ways to better serve early childhood education in our state as well as higher education,” Halverson said.

With Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed budget being approximately 20 percent higher than the state’s last two-year budget, including $1.1 billion in additional education spending, Halverson said one of the biggest questions facing the legislature will be what it can fund and whether to explore new sources of revenue.

“It’s a bold budget,” Halverson said. “It’s going to be really interesting to see how the legislature navigates what has always been a really tricky dialogue in our state and that’s around taxes.”

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