Education budget gets varied response from local officials

first_imgLocal officials’ reaction to the governor’s education budget, which was unveiled this week, ranged from praising his proposal as ambitious to slamming it as insufficient. Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan includes implementing full-day kindergarten statewide and reducing class sizes to 17 for kindergarten through third grade in the 2016-17 school year. The proposal also called for increasing cost-of-living adjustments for teachers and freezing tuition hikes at public higher education institutions. The plan doesn’t, however, detail how additional teachers and new programs would be paid for. On Thursday, the governor is expected to released a detailed revenue package. “I love the idea he wants to spend $2.3 billion on education,” said Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver. “I love the idea of not being in contempt of court anymore. The fact is, we have to see where the money is going to come from.” The Legislature is under court order to adequately fund the state’s public schools. Battle Ground Superintendent Mark Hottowe said he appreciates the governor’s effort to put “together some fairly significant resources toward the effort of fully funding education.”last_img

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