Inslee pushes for education with visit to Sharpstein Elementary

Inslee pushes for education with visit to Sharpstein Elementary

Public educators received support Thursday.

Governor Jay Inslee paid a visit to Sharpstein Elementary School in Walla Walla to tour the facility, hear from staff, and inform educators about his push in Olympia for more public education funding.

Inslee said it’s going to take work to move forward and to combat the $62 million dollars in fines from a state supreme court decision that ruled Washington state as being in contempt of court for not adequately funding basic education in public schools.

“Now we have made big progress, we’ve put billions of dollars of additional money in our schools over the last three years, billions of dollars, but we need persistence to go the last mile,” Inslee said.

The Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent, Wade Smith, said if there is a cut in the budget the district will do everything it can to preserve an adequate learning environment for students.

“We always put kids first and we’ll do whatever it takes to make sure we provide the best funding and education we can for our kids and we are hopeful that whatever solution we come up with will minimize the impact to the kids. There may be some challenging decisions we have to make long term for the district,” Smith said.

Inslee added that the divide between party lines in the house and senate is also creating a delay in his $8 billion dollar budget proposal to legislators.

His hope is for both parties to reach a budget compromise that would allow for increased compensation of teachers and public school resources.