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Reporter, WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Unexpected consequences

Teachers’ pay, expanded facilities challenges to class-size reductions part of Initiative 1351 fallout


OLYMPIA— I-1351, the voter-approved initiative last fall, requires the state to limit class sizes in grades K-12, but doesn’t provide an enabling funding source. It presumes funds would be allocated by the state so school districts could hire additional teachers to accommodate the reduction in class sizes mandated by the initiative, and to provide additional classroom space.

Even with state funding support, yet to be determined, local school districts could be responsible for nearly half the estimated cost of implementing I-1351: $2 billion.

Mary Howes, executive director of Class Size...

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