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The state funding formula gives us $50 million in so-called new money—but our local levy will drop by $46 million a year when the 2019-20 school starts, leaving just $4 million a year more than we currently receive in total funding. Moreover, $14 million of that state money comes with strings attached. The state says we must spend it on things such as expanding career and technical education transportation and other areas that are not currently our highest priorities.
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Q: Wasn't the Legislature's response to McCleary supposed to solve school funding challenges?
The McCleary lawsuit was intended to provide additional resources for school districts through State funding and to end reliance on local taxes. The legislature believes that they have accomplished this task by increasing the State tax rates and decreasing local tax rates in addition to providing additional funding. This resulted in some communities supplementing the funds provided to other communities for education funding but the limiting of levy funding without the same level of funding being replaced with State dollars results in losing districts.
Q: What happened with the $12 million one-time funding that Tacoma Public Schools received from the State for the 2018-2019 school year?
Q: What is the district doing to fix the funding challenges.
Q: Didn't we vote to give more money to schools last February? What happened to that funding?In February, our voters approved a levy that would allow us to collect $72 million a year. But the state's new formula limits our local levy to $40 million a year. That's $32 million less per year than our voters said they'd support and $46 million less every year than voters have given us over the past four years.The state funding formula gives us $50 million in so-called new money—but our local levy dropped by $46 million a year, so that's just $4 million a year more than we currently receive in total funding. Moreover, $14 million of that state money comes with strings attached. The state says we must spend it on things such as expanding career and technical education transportation and other areas that are not currently our highest priorities.
Q: What can we do to advocate for fair funding for Tacoma Public Schools?
Our local legislators—Reps. Laurie Jinkins, Jake Fey, Christine Kilduff, Steve Kirby, Dick Muri and Sens. Jeannie Darneille, Steve Conway and Steve O'Ban—have fought for us. They can't do it alone. The solutions for Tacoma and other districts statewide require legislators from across the state to come together to fix the inequities.
Write or call your area legislators to fix the funding disparities under the new law, and allow us to collect the levy dollars we need to operate. Find your representatives.
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