Lawmakers have 16 days to pass the 2017-19 state budget. Senate Republicans say they are working toward a budget deal with House Democrats.
Lawmakers of both parties agree that they will increase school funding again, this time by $2 to $3 billion. The boost will be on top of the $4.6 billion (34%) increases in school funding that Democratic and Republican lawmakers have enacted in their last two budgets.
The planned increase will bring public school funding in Washington state to about $12,500 per student, more than the tuition at most private schools.
Meanwhile, Governor Inslee announced yesterday that he plans to visit public schools in five districts to discuss education spending. To help facilitate the public discussion, here are five facts, based on official sources, about the five districts the Governor will visit: