The Federal Way School District has prevailed in its lawsuit against the state of Washington, which alleged that the state’s method for allocating money to school districts’ various types of staff positions is inequitable.
The P-I explains:
The state education salary formula was revised once in the 1980s, but is still largely based on what the average actual salaries were in the 1976-77 school year, the year Seattle Public Schools won a state Supreme Court ruling that found the state school-funding system was not “general and uniform.”
It will be interesting to see whether the case is appealed, and if Federal Way maintains its victory, how this will impact funding across the state, particularly for administrators. The funding gap for administrators is particularly large, with the state covering only $54,000 of the $94,000 or so Federal Way pays the average administrator.
This news comes shortly before Washingtonians vote on simple majority, which will have an even bigger impact on school finance across the state.