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WA Senate Democrats Cut More Than A Billion from Education Budgets

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OLYMPIA, Wash-- Washington Senate Democrats propose cutting education budgets by more than a billion dollars. The Senate unveiled it's new budget that cuts almost $4 billion dollars from programs like health care, human services, and education. 

For most teachers in the Tri-Cities it's spring break and school districts are just learning about the cuts and not sure how this will impact them.

Senator Jerome Delvin says a lot of the state money being cut will actually be supported with federal stimulus money.

The funding from a voter approved initiative to reduce class sizes will be cut by 90 percent. The higher education cuts of about $500 million may cause 10,500 less students to attend college.

"Some of the levy money they are counting on federal money to make the difference so we don't have a lot of details on the actual districts yet. I've asked my staff to contact each of the school districts to find out what it means on an individual basis," said Delvin.

"We are going to be looking at places like supplies, maintenance, travel and, equipment purchases and see if we can make out there to balance our budget," said Lorraine Cooper, Kennewick School District.

One of the Kennewick School District's plans may be, as teachers retire not to refill those positions.