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Protesting education coalition says Monday was 'last day of school'


March 18 was the “last day” of state funding for Washington’s K-12 public schools. Symbolically, at least.

Calculations are based on the statewide funding average of approximately 66 percent. Using Sept. 4 as the first day of the required 180-day school year, March 18 was the 119th school day. If Washington public schools relied solely on state funding for basic education, that date would mark the last day of school.

A coalition of public school supporters is demanding the Washington Legislature fully fund a 180-day school year as required by law. Currently, the Legislature funds only two-thirds of a public K-12 education in Washington.

“Although the Washington Constitution says...

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