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Superintendent has a powerful message to lawmakers

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PASCO, Wash.-- Superintendent has a powerful message to lawmakers. Washington State Superintendent Randy Dorn has a powerful message for the Governor. Don't cut education, period. Friday he spoke to several hundred elected school board members from across the state. They're meeting in Pasco.

Dorn believes lawmakers need to prioritize state needs. He says education must be a priority and the cuts should go to state services. Now he'll take his message directly to state lawmakers.

State Superintendent Randy Dorn says "I want everybody to know that basically we've cut education to the bone. The only thing left to me is basic education dollars and we should not cut anymore or we're not going to provide young people the ability to reach their maximum potential."

In a worst case scenario we asked what would happen if there were more cuts. Dorn says the first thing to go would be levy equalization.

Pasco schools rely heavily on levy equalization because the schools do not get enough money from local taxes and they need more state support.