More funding sought for education in Washington state. Plus: how budget cuts affect the classroom, and federal money to stimulate the state economy

April 8, 2009 | Alex Stone

Gregoire seeks more money for education: Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday that she wants more money put into K-12 schools and higher education. “I will not walk away from our longstanding commitment to K-12 or higher education,” Gregoire said. “Education is the lifeblood of this state’s economy and the path to a better future for our children.” | The News Tribune

Public schools brace for big cuts: Kathy Saxon already buys supplies for her sixth-grade class that Seattle Public Schools doesn’t. Paints, pens, glitter, movies, CDs, manila folders — all out of her own pocket. |

Gregoire: Let universities hike tuition by 28%: To the state’s university administrators and faculty, Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposed 28 percent tuition hike is a necessary evil. That’s because the additional income would help offset proposed budget cuts that slash funding for Washington higher education by 23 percent overall. |

State delegation earmarks worth over $1 billion: House members from Washington are seeking nearly $1.1 billion in earmarks in the coming fiscal year for everything from a statewide anti-meth initiative to a new children’s museum in Olympia and from sewer, water, road and dredging projects to a program promoting participation by women in Afghan politics. | The News Tribune

Doling out federal stimulus money in Washington state: Jill Satran, Gov. Chris Gregoire’s executive policy adviser, is responsible for monitoring the billions in economic stimulus flowing through Washington state. Satran’s challenge as stimulus watchdog will be knowing when to bark, bite or let sleeping dogs lie. | Seattle Times

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