Edmonds School District defends $500M for funding


Last updated 7/8/2021 at 10:15am

Edmonds School District Superintendent Gustavo Balderas

The Edmonds School District has joined Douglas County parents and teachers in asking the court to allow them to join Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson in defending $500 million per year for education funding.

This week, they filed a motion to intervene as defendants with the state Superior Court in Douglas County in the cases of Clayton v. Washington and Quinn v. Washington. Both lawsuits are trying to eliminate $500 million per year in education funding raised from a capital gains tax on extraordinary profits from stock sales exceeding $250,000.

These monies fund school repair and construction and the Education Legacy Trust Account, which funds special education among other things.

The named potential intervenors are the Edmonds School District, East Wenatchee junior high school teacher Tammy Grubb, parent Adrienne Stuart, Pathways Enrichment Academy director Mary Curry, and the Washington Education Association.

"State funding is crucial to carrying out our mission of providing all children an excellent education," said Gustavo Balderas, superintendent of the Edmonds School District.

"Edmonds provides a wide variety of programs and services to those who qualify for special education services. Our programs include occupational and physical therapy, speech therapy, intensive academic, social and emotional support, and developmental kindergarten.

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"All of these programs would benefit from additional funding, especially as the district works to help students adjust to in-person schooling after the effects of the recent global pandemic."

The next court hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, July 13.


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