WA state lawmakers decide to keep levy equalizations money
OLYMPIA, Wash.-- During the special session in Olympia, Washington state lawmakers voted to keep levy equalization money for schools, even increasing it by 2%.
The state gives extra money to school districts that bring in fewer tax dollars to even the playing field for students in rich and poor districts.
Pasco, Richland, and Kennewick districts all receive levy equalization and are thankful lawmakers didn't cut it. Lorraine Cooper, Communications Director for KSD, says, "It's definitely good news for all the districts that rely on levy equalization funds to help us fund special programs in our district. Hearing, last year, so much talk about levy equalization being on the chopping block, so to speak, was very worrisome."
The 2% increase gives Kennewick schools $600,000 more, Pasco schools $1.2-million, and Richland schools $300,000.