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By Lou Marzeles

An education perfect storm for Goldendale


The Washington State Legislature threw a ton of money out to education last year in the wake of the infamous McCleary decision, but much of it was portioned off to teacher salaries before the rest of it hit the schools. That, plus the fact that the Legislature this session did next to nothing to fix the remaining education issues, has resulted in ongoing and severe economic pressure on a great many schools in the state—including Goldendale. The result is sharp reductions in Goldendale school personnel and programs.

Few take issue with teachers getting better pay—although the teachers’ union has taken heat for how it secured the raises—but those salary increases diminished funds av...

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