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School Funding Dinner

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Washington Education Association leaders said they believe there is a serious lack of money for public schools in the state.

Monday night community leaders and educators met for a special dinner to compare Washington to other states when it comes to funding for public schools.

According to a study from the Educational Policy Improvement Center, Washington ranks 42nd for funding per pupil.  The study also found that Washington ranks 49th when it comes to class sizes.

The president of the Washington Education Association for the southeast part of the state is also a Science teacher at Kennewick High School.  President Mike Ragan said there is a serious lack of funding for the schools.  He said the long term effects could be devastating for the education system.

"If the class sizes continue to rise the amount we are going two with each pupil will go down and down and at some point you won't be able to meet the needs of the students," said Ragan.

He said the purpose of Monday night's meeting was to inform the community about the findings in the recent study and make them more aware of the problem.