Seattle Public Schools Facing 2017-18 Potential Budget Deficit
The Washington State Legislature’s failure to adequately address public education funding may result in a significant budget shortfall next school year. In 2017-18, the district’s ability to serve students in the way they deserve will be challenged. Unless the Legislature takes appropriate action to address school funding, the district has a projected deficit of approximately $74 million for the 2017-18 school year. This is the largest budget deficit we have faced since the late 1970s and has the potential to erode many of the programs, supports, and services students are currently receiving.
This potential deficit is the result of two key failures by the Legislature.
First, the Legislature has restricted how much we can collect from our already approved local education levies.
Second, the Legislature has not fully funded education as they are constitutionally required to do.
Unless the Legislature takes action to address school funding, the district has a projected deficit of $74 million for the 2017-18 school year.
This is the largest budget deficit we have faced since the late 1970s and has the potential to erode many of the programs, supports and services students are currently receiving. Closing the $74 million gap will be the most difficult challenge we’ve faced in decades. Right now there are many unknowns. These unknowns will cause challenges and disruptions to the good work that our schools, educators and central office staff are doing.
If you have any questions regarding the budget, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more by visiting the SPS 2017-18 Budget webpage.