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K-12 Schools Gets more Funding Than Expected, Higher Education Doesn't

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YAKIMA, Wash.- The House of Representatives rolls out its plan for Washington's $9 billion budget deficit and higher education takes a big hit.

Lawmakers want to cut more from higher education and they want college students to pay more. Their proposed budget, however, would take less from K-12 schools.

House lawmakers want to cut a total of $1 billion in state money. For Yakima schools this means the state is reducing half the amount of money they fund for each student. It dropped from $400 a student down to around $150.

House officials say they're trying cut down as little as possible to preserve small class sizes and good teachers. They are hoping to lose no more than 3,500 teachers statewide.

The cuts were left pretty open so that each individual school district can look at their own budget and figure out where to downsize.

Yakima Superintendent Ben Soria says they'll be figuring this out over the next few weeks.  

"We're going to delay purchasing new text books, new curriculum, minimize staff development so we can keep people on the job," said Superintendent Ben Soria.  

He says the district has $3 million in reserve funds and that cutting down on faculty would be a last resort. The School District expects to see anywhere from $6 million to $8 million in cuts.