By Grace Swanson
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Schools look for ways to work with budget


When Rachel Lake teaches music classes at Ilwaco High School and Hilltop School in the Ocean Beach School District (OBSD), she aspires to provide all students with a quality education.

However, her district faces challenges that are common in many rural areas, including attracting and retaining staff, offering a wide selection of classes, and combatting student homelessness.

She says Gov. Jay Inslee’s education funding proposal is helpful. More than half of Inslee’s state budget, proposed last month, is dedicated to education, a level that hasn’t been reached since the early 1980s.

“It’s a step in the right direction,” Lake said.

Located on the Long Beach Peninsula, Ocean Bea...

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