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Understanding Public School Funding

It's understandable to have questions about how schools in Washington receive the funding they need to operate. The state provides school districts with funding for "basic education" based on a "prototypical model", which is the Legislature's assumptions of what resources are needed for basic education.

However, this funding may not always cover the actual costs of operating and maintaining a school district. In these cases, school districts may turn to bonds and levies to make up the difference and ensure that students have access to the resources they need to succeed.

Voter-approved capital levies can be an essential funding source for schools in Washington. These levies can help fund modern technology, enhanced building security, and renovation projects, which have an impact on the quality of education students receive. Capital levies can be approved for up to six years, providing school districts with reliable funding for these important projects.

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