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Seattle Schools Proposes 2012-13 Budget

Ann Dornfeld
06/21/2012

Seattle Public Schools released its proposed budget for the next fiscal year Wednesday. As KUOW's Ann Dornfeld reports, the district has to close a general fund gap of $23.5 million.

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To close the gap, the budget proposal would cut more than one million dollars and 11 positions from central administration.

Seattle School Board President Michael DeBell says the district did a good job of finding cuts that won't affect student learning.

Michael DeBell: "I'm sorry that a lot of people lost their jobs, but, y'know, ultimately the classroom is where the highest priority of the district needs to be, and we have accomplished that by preserving jobs in the classroom and eliminating jobs in support services and central administration."

But public school families would feel it too. Tuition for full–day kindergarten would go up by $35 a month. And the district would put the brakes on driver's ed.

The budget would add funding in some areas. Schools would get more discretionary money. And some special education class sizes would go down from 22 students to 18 per teacher.

Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance Duggan Harman says this year's budget was easier to write because for the first time in three years, the Legislature did not cut K–12 funding.

The district has scheduled a public hearing on the proposed budget June 27. The school board is set to vote on the budget July 3.

I'm Ann Dornfeld, KUOW News.

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