Don’t Believe the Hype, Schools Still Not Cut

Posted on October 14, 2010

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At least not in Washington State.

Multiple measures will be on the ballot on the state and local levels to send more money to school. After all, it’s a recession and we’re constantly told that schools have been cut. Yet, that’s not really the case.

It is inaccurate to say that public funding of Seattle’s schools is being cut.  Here are the facts:

1) The Seattle school operating budget in 2009-10 was $556.3 million.  In 2010-11, the budget is $566.9 million, a 1.5 % increase.

2)  Per pupil operating spending in Seattle in 2009-10 was $12,792.  Per pupil operating spending in Seattle in 2010-11 will be $12,957.

3)  Statewide, the legislature sent more money to the schools this year than last.  The 2009-11 operating budget provided $15.647 billion for the public schools.  The 2010 Supplemental Budget increased that by 1.6% to $15.909 billion.

If you’re budget’s bigger this year than it was last year, that’s not a cut. Of course, government workers wouldn’t understand that.

I’m not necessarily saying schools should be cut. I’m just saying that we should be able to provide a reasonable education for more than $12k per year per student. How about we take a look at some of those teachers’ pensions…

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