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By Grace Swanson
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

McCleary major issue in this Legislative session


Finding the dollars to meet the Supreme Court’s mandate to fully fund basic education as required by the state constitution is the dominant issue facing legislators in the 2017 session.

A major amount of education funding is now raised through local tax levies. The state is obligated to take over its constitutional share of funding basic education, and thus reducing teat burden on local school districts and their taxpayers

Last February, voters in 131 districts in Washington State approved special property tax levies totaling over $3 billion to fully fund education for their students. That figure is about equal to what the state must now find to annually meet its basic-education-funding...

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