The McCleary fix to Washington’s education system has evolved into new funding problems that lawmakers are now attempting to correct.
When the Legislature crafted the McCleary fix in 2017, lawmakers increased the statewide property tax, spread that money among all 295 school districts, and capped the amount of local levies they could collect. State money was intended to offset whatever losses districts faced because of the levy cap.
That sounds simple enough, but two years later, lawmakers are still wrangling over school levies.
The McCleary fix left many districts – with larger properties and wealthier residents — coming up short because of levy caps. This caused millions of