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Yakima voters say no to new schools

YAKIMA, Wash -- In two consecutive years, more than 50% of voters in Yakima approved bonds for new schools but the bonds still failed. The reason, the state constitution and the Great Depression

During the 1930s, the Washington Constitution was written to prevent large budget measures, like new schools, from passing easily. So all bonds for education must be passed by a 60% of voters - a super majority

"You can elect the Governor, the President of the United States with a simple majority," said Ben Soria, Yakima Superintendent. "This is the only thing that I am aware of, where you need more than a simple majority.

It is actually easier to get elected, or build a new stadium in Washington, than it is to raise money for a new school.

For students in Yakima who need new classrooms, its a history lesson they probably could do without.