As part of education funding reform championed by House Democrats in 2009 and 2010, the Legislature invested an additional $1.3 billion toward basic education in the 2015 budget. We’ve invested $2.5 billion new dollars to K-12 in the last three years.
These new investments will provide kids with adequate transportation to and from school, expand all-day kindergarten, reduce K-3 class sizes and ensure every student has the materials and supplies they need.
Our state is a leader in education in many ways, like getting our youngest learners ready for kindergarten and reforming our teacher and principal evaluation programs. Washington was one of the first states to offer dual-credit courses for high school students. Other states model their policies based on some of the successes we’ve seen in Washington.
But the Legislature still has work to do, such as increasing the high school graduation rate, closing the opportunity gap, and reducing the number of homeless students living on the streets. These are challenges House Democrats are dedicated to solving in the coming years.
A growing economy, healthy and thriving communities, and a strong middle class — the pathway to these outcomes starts with a high-quality K-12 education system.