The State of Washington's School Finance System.

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The largest share of Washington's operating budget is devoted to K-12 education. This paper portrays critical features of Washington's school finance system. It first examines current and historical sources and levels of K-12 funding. Next, it analyzes school spending and outlines basic principles underlying Washington's system of collecting and distributing school revenue. The paper also examines school-construction funding and the condition of school facilities, and concludes with a look at the fiscal challenges Washington is likely to face in the near future. Challenges include the increasing number of bilingual students, the need for extensive school repair and replacement, increasing fiscal pressures, and an input-driven funding system that is not aligned with a performance-based educational system. (Contains 16 references.)
Plecki, Margaret L.
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