OLYMPIA – The Washington State Senate passed a major bill to prevent the loss of hundreds of millions in local levy dollars currently funding schools. Addressing Senate Bill 5023, extending Washington state’s impending “levy cliff,” Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, released the following statement:

“I am thankful that our colleagues heeded the call of countless parents, teachers, and school administrators to prevent the single largest cut to public schools in state history. As a father of students who attend Seattle schools, I understood firsthand the stakes for families in our district.

“Just this week, Seattle Public Schools was forced to send out notification to schools across the district preparing for a $74 million budget shortfall. This legislation averts what would have been a massive disruption in the education of our students and gives school districts certainty for the coming year.

“With the ‘levy cliff’ issue resolved, the Legislature must not waste any further time in fulfilling our paramount Constitutional duty to fully and fairly fund a world-class education system for every Washington student.”