When Gov. Jay Inslee announced his proposed budget for 2020, he dashed already cautious hopes that public schools would draw even a little attention when lawmakers return to Olympia on Monday.
His office thinks the state — after funneling $12 billion into K-12 education since 2013 — has “largely tackled” the issue, despite a recent stagnation in Washington students’ standardized test scores.
Indeed, Inslee’s one-page proposal for education includes just four items: More nurses in small schools, mental health support, career-education programs for tribal students and better instruction for court-involved youth. The requests total just under $5.5 million — a fraction of the roughly $1.1 billion Inslee wants to add to the 2019-21 budget he signed last year.
Lawmakers only reached that 11th-hour deal after relaxing the limits on how