School spending and academic learning in the 20 largest school districts in Washington state

By LIV FINNE  | 
Jan 24, 2020
POLICY BRIEF

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Introduction


Each legislative session lawmakers are lobbied by school district officials, union executives, and political activist groups to increase funding for K-12 schools and to impose new taxes on the public. These interests consistently argue that their current budgets are too small.   The message is always the same, regardless of how much additional money the legislature devotes to public education.


For their part, public school officials say that, if only they had enough money, they would provide Excellence for All and Every Child Learns.


In the 2020 Legislative session, these education activists, who themselves benefit from increased school spending, plan to tell lawmakers the schools do not have enough money.  They will say they don’t have enough money for school nurses and counselors, and that services for special needs students are underfunded, even though the legislature has increased their budgets by over 100 percent in recent years.


State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal has said Washington state needs to create a new state income tax to spend more on schools. 


Proper consideration of these political demands requires a firm understanding of how school districts spend current dollars. In 2018-19 the current ratio of students to school staff in Washington state was 9.7 students for every school employee.  Only 51 percent of school employees are teachers.

 

Individual School District reports:

Download file Auburn School District

Download file Bellevue School District

Download file Bethel School District

Download file Edmonds School District

Download file Everett School District

Download file Evergreen (Clark) School District

Download file Federal Way Public Schools

Download file Highline Public Schools

Download file Issaquah School District

Download file Kennewick School District

Download file Kent School District 

Download file Lake Washington School District 

Download file Northshore Public Schools

Download file Pasco School District

Download file Puyallup Public Schools 

Download file Seattle Public Schools 

Download file Spokane Public Schools

Download file Tacoma Public Schools

Download file Vancouver Public Schools

Download file Yakima School District

Additional Reports:
Washington Schools

Download file Anacortes School District

Download file Battle Ground School District

Download file Bellingham School District

Download file Central Kitsap School District

Download file Central Valley School District

Download file Clover Park School District

Download file Lake Stevens School District

Download file Marysville School District

Download file Mead School District

Download file Moses Lake School District

Download file Mukilteo School District

Download file North Thurston School District

Download file Peninsula School District

Download file Renton School District

Download file Richland School District

Download file Shoreline School District

Download file Snohomish School District

Download file South Kitsap School District

Download file Sumner School District

Download file Tahoma School District