Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn is asking for an additional $4.1 billion for public schools in the 2013-15 budget cycle, his office announced today.
Dorn said the funding is necessary to fully fund basic education as outlined in the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision. “The state must achieve full state funding of basic education by 2018. My budget helps them get to that goal,” Dorn said.
In a request to the Office of Financial Management, Dorn asked for $1.3 billion for the 2014 fiscal year and $2.8 billion for the 2015 fiscal year.
That would provide full state funding for transportation and operation costs, all-day kindergarten, smaller class sizes in grades K-3 and maintain current staff levels. It also includes extra money for teacher evaluations, preventing dropouts and data tracking, his office said.
The Olympian has more on the proposal.