Renton School District to host budget meeting Thursday night at Hazen

January 27, 2011

By Staff

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NEW — 11 a.m. Jan. 27, 2011

Officials from the Renton School District will host a meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 27 at Hazen High School, 1101 Hoquiam Ave N.E., Renton, to gather input regarding budget priorities.

In December, lawmakers cut $850,000 from the district’s 2010-2011 budget. Also, Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposed 2011-2013 budget calls for more extensive cuts during the next two school years.

Gregoire’s budget reduces or eliminates funding in seven key areas for Washington’s public K-12 education, including:

– Eliminating $216 million for kindergarten through fourth-grade class-size reductions.

– Suspending $860.2 million from Initiative 728, a measure to reduce class size and provide professional development for teachers.

– Suspending $253.3 million from Initiative 732, which grants cost-of-living increases to teachers.

– Suspending $57 million in planned increases for all-day kindergarten.

– Suspending $99.5 million in annual bonuses for National Board-certified teachers.

– Suspending $56.3 million for annual step increases for teachers.

– Eliminating $18.6 million for the gifted-student program.

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