Proposal To Move Washington Toward Full Funding of Basic Education

The Washington Supreme Court is ordering lawmakers to submit a complete plan by the end of April to detail how the state will fully pay for basic education. This, as the Washington State superintendent of public instruction unveils his plan to move forward that issue.

Randy Dorn's proposal comes in the event the state legislature fails to raise the necessary funds by 2018.

The 2018 deadline to fund basic education was imposed by the state legislature back in 2009.

Then the state Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the state isn't meeting its constitutional duty to fund basic education.

The 2018 deadline to fund basic education was imposed by the state legislature back in 2009.

Then the state Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the state isn't meeting its constitutional duty to fund basic education.    

Now, Dorn is proposing a bill to increase education funding by $7.5 billion in the 2019 - 2021 biennium.

Among other things, the bill calls for a one percent increase in sales tax, an increase in state property tax to nearly 4 dollars per one thousand dollars of assessed value and a decrease in local levy authority.

It's that so-called "levy swap" that may have local school districts concerned.

Under Dorn's plan, levies may not be used for basic education costs such as transportation, materials, operating costs and salaries.

However, levies can be use to compensate extracurricular activities such as coaching.