The State of Washington’s most recent economic forecast projects an estimated $1 billion budget shortfall. Among various budget proposals now under consideration in the 2012 Legislature, the fate of state funding for K-12 education remains uncertain. Meanwhile, school districts throughout the state continue to struggle from a previous $1.2 billion cut made during the 2011 legislative session.
As part of a multi-year budget plan, Tacoma Public Schools expects to have to reduce spending by a total of approximately $12 million spread over the next four to five years. In addition, the district anticipated drawing down the district’s reserve funds each year to offset deeper cuts to staff, programs and services.
On this page, you will find frequently updated information about the impacts of the state cuts to Tacoma schools, news reports on education budgets across the state, schedules for community meetings, other related information and links that allow you to ask budget-related questions of us or submit your budget-related comments to the Superintendent and School Board Members.