On May 25, the Washington state Legislature released its 2011-13 capital budget proposal. Below is a statement from State Superintendent Randy Dorn on how the budget would affect education.
OLYMPIA - May 27, 2011 - My capital budget proposal urged the Legislature to recognize their constitutional obligation to put education first. They responded, and I thank them on behalf of all students, teachers and staff who learn and work in our public school buildings.
Keeping the state’s commitment to the communities and the voters who approved local school bond measures was my highest capital budget priority. The School Construction Assistance Program provides state funding assistance to school construction projects. The program received the needed funding for this summer’s “shovel-ready” projects and those planned for next summer.
I also appreciate increased funding for the Urgent (Small) Repair Grant Program. These grants help school districts improve their infrastructure. This is especially important now as school districts face growing fiscal pressure and their ability to respond to urgent facility repairs with local dollars will be severely limited. Additionally, the Legislature continued the Energy Operational Cost Savings Grants, which will improve the safety, health and efficiency of school buildings by providing state assistance for investment in major systems. Just as the Urgent (Small) Repair Grant Program will alleviate some of the fiscal pressure on school districts over the next two years, the Energy Grants provide an opportunity for significant energy and resource efficiencies and costs savings into the future.
Finally, I remain a strong advocate of continued investment in career and technical educational opportunities. The Legislature proposes to fund $39.8 million in construction dollars for our state’s skill centers.
Lists of construction funded projects can be found on the School Facilities Web site.
Thank you for recognizing children’s learning environments are fundamental pieces of providing a basic K-12 education.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI does not discriminate and provides equal access to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, creed, marital status, national origin, sexual preference/orientation, age, veteran’s status or the presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability.
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