WPC's Center for Education conducts objective research and makes practical policy recommendations to improve Washington State's ability to carry out its paramount duty to educate every child within its borders.
New state budget to spend $2.9 billion more on public schools; 19 percent increase is one of largest in state history
Liv Finne, Director, WPC's Center for Education, July, 2015
After six months of debate, and convening three Special Sessions, lawmakers in Olympia finally reached agreement on a state budget for 2015-17. The new budget will increase spending on K-12 public schools from the current $15.26 billion to $18.15 billion, an increase of 19 percent. Lawmakers achieved this large rise in spending with the natural increase in current revenues, without imposing new taxes on Washington families and business owners.